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LudoBites: Recipes and Stories from the Pop-Up Restaurants of Ludo Lefebvre [Kindle Edition]

Ludovic Lefebvre
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Book Description

Visionary, charismatic master chef, Ludo Lefebvre, and his Los Angeles cult hit “pop-up” restaurant LudoBites are worshipped by critics and foodies alike. LudoBites, the book, is at once a chronicle and a cookbook, containing tales of the meteoric career of this “rock star” of the culinary world (who was running kitchens at age 24) and the full story of his brilliant innovation, the “pop up” or “touring” restaurant that moves from place to place. The star of the popular cable program, Ludo Bites America, on the Sundance Channel, also offers phenomenal four-star recipes born out of the need to be mobile. Readers who love food, who admire genius, and fans of TV’s Top Chef, Top Chef Masters, and Iron Chef are going to want a taste of LudoBites.

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Acclaim for chef Lefebvre doesn’t necessarily promise a fully accessible cookbook. After all, how many home chefs can boast of owning an immersion circulator or have the wherewithal to buy quantities of foie gras and Jidori chicken? On the other hand, major points need to be awarded to a pioneering Los Angeles culinary wizard who, five years ago, launched a series of temporary, pop-up restaurants in friends’ eating spaces. Such is the story of Lefebvre, a classically French-trained cuisinier with impeccable California cooking credentials (at Bastide and L’Orangerie restaurants), who now recounts the stories of seven of his pop-ups in his second book (the first: Crave, 2005). For the most part, the more than 130 recipes smack of innovation, great taste, and, unfortunately, lots of kitchen knowledge and prep. But who could resist Lefebvre’s charm and phenomenally intriguing dishes, such as brocamole (guacamole with broccoli), Greek salad with a feta mousse, mustard ice cream, and squid pad Thai? --Barbara Jacobs

From the Back Cover

The cookbook chronicles of the visionary, charismatic chef Ludo Lefebvre and his cult hitpop-up restaurant, LudoBites, worshiped by critics and foodies alike.

Ludo Lefebvre is a culinary prodigy who worked at his first three-star Michelin restaurant at age fourteen. By twenty-five he was running his own kitchen in Los Angeles—winning accolades for serving the most imaginative, forward-thinking food the city had ever seen. In 2007, he traded fine dining—with its endless pomp and bottomless resources—for the freedom to cook outside the box, even if it meant sacrificing his skilled kitchen brigade and drafting an eight-year-old to clean green beans and separate eggs.

The result was LudoBites, a "touring" restaurant that, like a rock 'n' roll band, roved the streets of Los Angeles, playing to different sold-out crowds every four months, bringing together old-money customers with a new generation of ambitious eaters who cram in elbow to elbow and cheek to cheek for the chance to sample Lefebvre's inspired, wildly imaginative food.

LudoBites is the chronicle of that journey. Each chapter showcases the story and the outrageously inventive food of the seven different LudoBites incarnations, featuring recipes that merge the techniques Lefebvre perfected in his years at the finest French restaurants with the simplicity forced upon him by the limits of a pop-up kitchen.

Essays prefacing each chapter give an unprecedented glimpse into the mind of "the chef of the future" (Time), a culinary genius who breaks all the rules, and beautiful, full-color photographs offer behind-the-scenes glimpses of the pain, drama, and triumph inherent in his creative process. As innovative and inviting as the unique chef it captures, LudoBites is a fascinating look at food and a revolutionary new way of cooking.

Product Details

  • File Size: 9161 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco (October 9, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007JLD26W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #719,260 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, LudoBites at HOME! October 9, 2012
By Jo S.
I've had the LudoBites cookbook for a few days now and recommend it for anyone who loves to experiment in the kitchen.

A few of the EASY recipes I've tried so far:
Vietnamese Vinaigrette (page 261). I spooned it over pan-fried tilapia and rice.

Brocamole (page 22). Broccoli instead of avocado.... bravo Chef Ludo! We devoured the brocamole with pita chips.

Époisses Risotto w Egg Yolk (page 340). I used leftovers for baked risotto balls the next day.

As a fan of LudoBites (the pop-up restaurant) and Ludo (the brilliant chef), I'm thrilled that I now get to have a bit of Ludo at home.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational & Creative January 23, 2013
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I have had the pleasure of eating at LudoBites 9.0. It was a mind blowing experience!

I bought this cookbook for my nephew, a budding chef, who was leaving for a post at a game lodge in Botswana. I had a chance to flip through the book and quickly ordered another for myself.

This is not the book for people looking for traditional fare, it is for someone who wants to experiment and explore new ideas with food! Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little pretentious. January 10, 2013
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Of course, it would be pretentious from a high-profile French chef working in LA. I found Ludo intriguing on No Reservations and so bought this book. There are a few recipes I have found so far that a relatively normal person or budding foodie might be able to manage, but it has largely been uber-foodie in its recipes. The pages dedicated to the storytelling of LudoBites are interesting. If you can regard this like real reading and with an end goal of actually developing or honing skills and/or expanding your palate, then you could do worse than to check this out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo, adventurous but easy to follow . December 13, 2012
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The cleverness of the Brocamole was worth it alone, I personally am not a fan of broccoli but this was sheer magic, everyone could not get enough, yum! The unique story of the pop up is great, also fascinating insight into the quirky, obsessiveness of the food blogger. Having shared a table with a group of food bloggers, many spent more time photographing than eating, Bruno's story gave a great take on this group. But back to the book, great buy, he takes the mystery out of the modern deconstructed food. Easy to follow, trendy but very tasty food is the result!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice book. December 26, 2012
By Jenn
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This is a very nice book to own. It is inspirational to the new and upcoming chef. Would definitely recommend.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unraveling the deliciously mysterious December 7, 2012
We recently ate at one of Chef Ludo's pop-up's in LA. The plates were always interesting, many were wonderful, but all were complex in the interplay of textures and flavors. Everyone at the table considered themselves home-chefs and commented on the complexity of the dishes. This book describes in detail each step to create some of his masterpieces. They aren't simple and not for the faint at heart, but the results worth the effort (and fun to make!) Thanks to Ludo for sharing!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creative and inspirational! January 5, 2013
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Like Ludo points out in the beginning it would be hard to assimilate these dishes for the average cook or a normal kitchen- but what this book did for me was to think out side the box! Chef Ludo is a genius!!!! If you like to cook and want a laugh and to get inspired- this is a great cookbook hands down!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Take on Food January 21, 2014
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I have seen this chef on TV and enjoy his shows. The book is not for the beginner but I got it because I wanted a challenge. The recipes are fun and I have learned a lot.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Its ok
I expected more from such a talented person.His background is so great but does not even have a restaurant.
Book is just ok.
Published 13 months ago by josh
5.0 out of 5 stars Ludo definitely DOESN'T Bite!
Well, his recipes may have a chew to them, but his book is fun, quirky and full of impressive recipes you'll want to make...or at least try to make!
Published 14 months ago by M. Marina
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this Chef! I love this Book!!!!
Chef Ludo has been impressing me ever since "Crave" came out and this book is So good....
The stories are great, makes great company to 'Ludo Bites America". Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ted A Niceley
4.0 out of 5 stars It was a gift !
I gifted to my husband on Valentine's Day and since he's a chef, I think he was pretty happy with the book.
Published 17 months ago by Daniella Lobo
5.0 out of 5 stars A Terrific Cookbook. Wish I'd Published It
This a wonderful, creative and useful book for ANY cook looking for recipes or simply inspiration. Ludo has taken his Burgundian roots and his many years as a Californian and put... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Anthony M. Bourdain
2.0 out of 5 stars Only for the SERIOUS cooks.
I hate going/searching 10 different stores for that ONE ingredient that you know you will NEVER find anywhere! Everyone of his recipes has at least one of those ingredients.
Published 17 months ago by Shonda Fraire
5.0 out of 5 stars Like no other
This book is like no other. I've already made many dishes since I got it (big hit at home) and I can't wait to try more. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Anne-Laure Barruel
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought it before the show "the taste"
Pretty decent read from a chef who doesn't have any other books that I am aware of. If you appreciate mission street foods book or a story of how restaurants should be instead of... Read more
Published 19 months ago by D. Anderson
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