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My Last Supper: 50 Great Chefs and Their Final Meals / Portraits, Interviews, and Recipes Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 16, 2007
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All the portraits of the chefs are shot in settings completely unrelated to the subject matter of the book. The photography is well done, but I do not know who some of these chefs are and seeing them does not excite me in any way. I want to see food! I want to SEE what they envision as their last meal on earth -- the setting, the people, the food. I do not care to see Ferran Adria with his two dogs or Lydia Shire holding up a lobster or Gabrielle Hamilton breast-feeding her baby. This does nothing for me irrespective of how well the image itself is executed. If this was an Annie Leibovitz book I'd be all for it! But it's not. I want to "be there" for their last meal, but instead i just get to read little blurbs about what this last meal is and see an image of a person that is hardly relevant to why I bought this book.
Maybe it is my fault for not knowing who all these people are. That is fine. But the book could have given me some idea of why these people are special...it didn't. Just the name and the face (or the naked body in the case of Bourdain). Would have been nice to include a short description of why i should even care about what Lydia Shire wants.
Some of the reviews praised the overall layout -- the typography, the photography, etc. It is not bad. But it is not enough to elevate this book. The substance of this book should not lie in unique (albeit italic) font and plentiful negative space. I would have loved to love this book. The idea is so clever. But the execution leaves much to be desired and is too boring for my taste.
It is important to note that the principal author's primary vocation is photography, because the photographs of the forty-nine chefs / culinary professionals who participated in this project are by far the most interesting offering in this volume. Each pic is decorated by the chefs' answers to the same five questions. These are `What would be your last meal on earth?', `What would be the setting for the meals?', `What would you drink with your meal?', `Who would be your dining companions?', and `Who would prepare the meals?'. The answer to the second question contributes much to the setting for the chef's photograph, although I suspect that the chefs themselves had much to say regarding their pose and backdrop. I am quite impressed by the fact that the photographer and her team have been able to corral 32 people out of the 49 whom I recognize by both name and visage. In fact, I have reviewed books written by over 25 (over half) of the principals. The selection is so good, it's interesting to note the very few famous chefs who are not captured, such as Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, Bobby Flay, and Alice Waters. On the other hand, we do get such luminaries as Ferran Adria, Jamie Oliver, Mario Batali, Daniel Boulud, Nobu, Rick Bayless, and Thomas Keller.Read more ›
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This book is a disappointment. a review on a podcast got my interest but having received & read the book I am completely unenthused. Read morePublished 5 months ago by peggy hoffman
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 6 months 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 11 months ago by Meg Hart
Interesting read. Great gift for foodies and beautiful photography.Published 12 months ago by Olivia Rose