By Patricia Boccadoro
PARIS, 17 SEPTEMBER 2012 Why did he choose to write a third
book so close to the publication of a second one last year was the
question I asked French chef of the year, William Ledeuil, after having
read his latest, silken-bound small jewel of a work, Produits et
Recettes Créatives de William Ledeuil one of the most beautifully
presented and sophisticated cookery books around.
"There was no particular reason," he smiled.
"This third book is actually how I wanted the second one to be and when
Editions de la Martinière" suggested that I went ahead with the
photographer, Eric Laignel, to put together our ideal publication, we
jumped at the occasion. Eric had taken some 600 photos, all exceptional,"
he continued, "and the publishing house gave us a completely free hand.
Creating and putting together books amuses us and I hope people have as
much fun when they read it as we did making it."
A wager won with this exquisitely presented work which has attracted so
much attention that everyone who has looked at it has gone out to procure
their own copy. Its not simply for the pleasure of looking at the
pictures as for all the practical advice and hints it gives. For Ledeuil,
cooking is an adventure to be shared whether one eats in his unique
restaurant or, inspired by this beautiful book, creates and reinvents in
the intimacy of ones own kitchen. For those with access to the French
capital, Ledeuil quotes all the names and addresses of his personal
suppliers, but for readers who live far, the essential lies in the fact
that one should buy the best quality products one can afford and let ones
imagination do the rest.
Ze kitchen galerie : Produits et recettes créatives
Hardback: 255 pages
Editions de la
Martinière, Paris (September 2011)
Collection : Atelier saveurs
Based in Paris, Patricia Boccadoro is a senior
editor and member of the editorial board of Culturekiosque. She last wrote
on the exhibition The
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