Relæ: A Book of Ideas

By Christian F. Puglisi

Chef Christian F. Puglisi opened eating place Relæ in 2010 on a coarse, run-down stretch of 1 of Copenhagen’s such a lot crime-ridden streets. His target was once uncomplicated: to serve impeccable, clever, sustainable, and plant-centric foodstuff of the top quality—in a environment that used to be with out the pretention and frills of traditional high-end eating place eating. Relæ was once an instantaneous hit, and Puglisi’s “to the bone” ethos—which emphasised cutting edge, sizeable cooking over crisp white tablecloths or legions of water-pouring, napkin-folding waiters—became a rallying cry for cooks round the world.

Today the Jægersborggade—where Relæ and its extra informal sister eating place, Manfreds, are located—is one in every of Copenhagen’s so much brilliant and fascinating streets. And Puglisi maintains to excite and shock diners along with his genre-defying, wildly creative cooking.

Relæ is Puglisi’s much-anticipated debut: like his eating places, the e-book is sincere, unconventional, and demanding situations our expectancies of what a cookbook can be. instead of concentrating on recipes, the center of the e-book is a sequence of interconnected “idea essays,” which display the components, useful strategies, and philosophies that tell Puglisi’s cooking. every one essay is hooked up to 1 (or many) of the dishes he serves, and readers are invited to turn during the booklet in no matter what series evokes them—from thought to dish and again to concept back. the result's a deeply own, completely targeted analyzing adventure: an extraordinary glimpse into the brain of a best chef, and the chance to profit the language of 1 of the world’s so much pioneering and acclaimed restaurants.

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