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Starred Review. Dunea, an award-winning photographer, wrote to 50 famous chefs and asked them to describe their ideal last meal. Their answers, compiled in this weirdly absorbing and gorgeously designed volume, range from the comforting (Lidia Bastianich bids adieu over a plate of linguini and clams) to the cheekily self-aggrandizing (Laurent Tourondel wants nothing more than a BLT sandwich from his own restaurant). The meals are curiosities, and the few recipes included are pleasant enough; it's the photographs of each chef that make this book so irresistible. One needn't have heard of them, much less dined in their restaurants, to appreciate their portraits: from a graceful Gabrielle Hamilton nursing her son to a dashing Guillaume Brahimi reclining in front of the Sydney Opera House, each image is iconic, surprising, and quite often, oddly appetizing. Marcus Samuelsson poses, impishly, in a Japanese-style headband made of salmon; Wylie Dufresne leans like a centerfold on a table stacked with American cheese; and Anthony Bourdain poses totally nude, strategically wielding a butchered leg bone. But perhaps no picture is more memorable than Dan Barber's, a soft-featured New York chef, posing alongside a massive boar named Boris. His last meal is rack of boar, of course: "If I'm going, so is Boris."
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This book is basic. Its as though it was a middle school project by a kid who had his chef connected parent's rolodex. Read morePublished 18 days ago by kandyroxy
I bought this book for 2 of my friends and am about to buy it for a young friend who is in culinary school. Such a great read!!Published 6 months ago by Meg Hart
Interesting read. Great gift for foodies and beautiful photography.Published 7 months ago by Olivia Rose
Asking people for their ultimate food fantasy is a great dinner-party game. This is a delightful collection that touches on so many levels of food and living . . . and dying. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Shell seeker
Gorgeous, gorgeous BIG book! Beautifully bound, superb artistic photography with delightful text! My expectations were high when I ordered this and it is truly even more than I... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dorothy St. John
Bought this as a gift for my favorite amateur chef. He loved it. I bought the sequel for his birthday, and it was just as well loved.Published 8 months ago by Child of Television