Phaidon has been appointed as the publisher of What is Cooking, the latest book by chef Ferran Adrià.

For his latest book, Ferran Adrià poses the question of “what is cooking.” Despite the thousands of books dedicated to the subject of cooking, fine dining and cuisine, the team at the elBullifoundation were unable to find any that offered a direct response to this question.

What is Cooking is the latest addition to Adrià’s Sapiens series of volumes that form the basis of his Bullipedia project. The aim is to compile, create and organise content to bring together a thorough and complete encyclopedia of fine dining. This latest stand-alone book takes readers on a compelling journey to better understand the evolution and relationship between the human race and the process of preparing food.

The book offers us a rare glimpse inside the doors of his experimental elBullifoundation, bringing together Ferran’s personal ideas and sketches, photographs and explanatory diagrams that are used in his lectures, exhibitions and studies.

This new volume takes in all aspects of gastronomy from the birth of cuisine; to why we cook, what it means to cook creatively and the langauage we have attributed to cooking. Looking at fine dining in particular, the book explores the work in the kitchens to the serving of food; the business of restaurants and the culture of food. Aimed at a wide audience of professional chefs, the hospitality industry, culinary education and cooking enthusiasts, the book revolutionizes the way we look at, how we prepare, what we eat.

Ferran said: “It is impossible to approach cuisine without taking into consideration its origin, the channels through which it spreads, the reason behind the characteristics that it has been acquiring over many centuries of ‘cooking.’”

What is Cooking is available from 8th June 2020, priced £100.

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