Colman Andrews, a Greenwich resident and co-founder and former editor-in-chief of Saveur, will discuss and sign copies of his latest book, Ferran: The Inside Story of El Bulli and the Man Who Reinvented Food, on Tuesday, November 2, at 7 p.m., in the Greenwich Library's Cole Auditorium.
Andrews had two years of unrestricted access to Ferran Adrià, considered "the greatest chef in the world." The result is a defining and revealing portrait of the chef in a historical and culinary context.
Ferran explores Adrià's origins -- from his childhood of modest circumstances and early food influences, to his first kitchen jobs where he learned fundamental basic techniques and classic dishes to his ultimate transformation at El Bulli where he took the kitchen over in 1987 at the age of twenty-five. Andrews portrays Adrià as a chef eager to share his findings, new products, and techniques with fellow chefs and students. In an industry where chefs tend to practically trademark their techniques and recipes, Adrià is happy to reveal his coveted creations.
Perhaps most interesting to chefs, in addition to the demystification of some of Adrià's most famous dishes, Andrews also reveals the inner workings of Adrià's Taller workshop in Barcelona, where Adrià claims nearly 5,000 food experiments are conducted and recorded (via written word and photographs) per year, some of which make it to El Bulli, many of which don't.
Andrews is the author of four acclaimed cookbooks, including Catalan Cuisine, which introduced the now-trendy cooking of Catalonia, Ferran Adrià's home region, to American food-lovers. The recipient of numerous honors (including six James Beard Foundation awards), he was most recently the restaurant columnist for Gourmet. He divides his time between New York City and Connecticut.
Just Books will provide copies for purchase and signing. AuthorsLive@GreenwichLibrary, our ongoing author series, is free and open to the public. For more information, please call Marianne Weill at (203) 622-7933.