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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco; Original edition (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062114832
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062114839
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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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.


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Scrubjay in CA
The unique story of the pop up is great, also fascinating insight into the quirky, obsessiveness of the food blogger.
michele taylor
If you like to cook and want a laugh and to get inspired- this is a great cookbook hands down!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jo S. on October 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
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 By K. Fischer on 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 By M. M. Hodges on 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Luvsfood on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By michele taylor on 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 By Jenn on December 26, 2012
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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 By Scrubjay in CA on December 7, 2012
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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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By R. Thomas on 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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