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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.
Great book with a lot of background about the chef. Love the pictures and the recipes!Published 1 month ago by Milla L Andersen
I thought that maybe this book would be too much for my skills, but I was wrong. It's filled with recipes I want to try and the stories, pictures and asides put a very welcome dash... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Cristina
Amazing fun read - have made several things - tricky ingredients living a long way from a great market, but managed to get some things from Amazon.Published 7 months ago by R. Mayer
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.Published 15 months ago by R. Thomas
I expected more from such a talented person.His background is so great but does not even have a restaurant.
Book is just ok.
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 22 months ago by M. Marina
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
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 on March 22, 2013 by Daniella Lobo
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 morePublished on March 20, 2013 by Anthony M. Bourdain