20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on May 27, 2011
Quay is simply stunning. The quality of the photography, layout, materials is just first class and much better than NOMA. Though Redzepi and Gilmore share a similar local terroir cooking philosophy the book presents Gilmore's cuisine much better. As far as recipes, keep in mind that Quay the restaurant is in Sydney so a lot of the ingredients used may not even be available here, though to Gilmore's credit he doesn't seem to dumb down any of the recipes, his presentations are just stunning, very much akin to Michel Bras (which he acknowledges, as well as Redzepi and Aduriz) every dish is heavy with local herbs/flowers/sprouts, etc. This is a book geared really towards professionals in the industry that can certainly use the recipes but more so for the inspiration Gilmore gives in flavor, textures and presentations. A definite must have for the hardcore book collector, professional chef/foodie and well worth the modest price.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2013
As my cookbook collection nears triple digits it really takes something special in order to stand out from the crowd. Seated alongside books like Noma, Alinea, the Thomas Keller collection and even the vast expanse that is the Modernist Cuisine set Quay stands out as the most impressive by far! The quality of materials and printing is simply astonishing. Now if your looking for a cookbook to copy and paste recipes to impress your mother in law this isnt the book for you. Its meant for professionals and the truly hardcore home cooks, to inspire and enlighten rather than give you something to cook on Saturday night (although you could i imagine). As a professorial Chef I look to books like this for inspiration for the upcoming season and Quay is hugely influential in this respect, I may never cook a dish directly from the book but techniques and ideas are conveyed just as much as weights and measurements. I love this book, I read it cover to cover upon first receiving it. it draws you in and grabs hold of you, its all youll be talking about for days after getting it.
*highest production values of any cookbook i have seen thus far! Beautiful paper!
*8 texture chocolate cake!
*Introductions to dishes explaining inspirations are well written.
*Cloth-like cover and binding are actually quite durable.
*high gloss paper will show fingerprints.
*Not for everyone.
*Many ingredients will be impossible (or nearly so) to source outside of Australia.
*Focus on using fresh edible flowers and buds seems overdone on some dishes (to my taste)
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2011
As I've gradually built my cookbook collection, few have been as prized an acquisition as the Quay cookbook. This book is incredibly breathtaking. The book itself and the photography within are fantastic. I have yet to find another cookbook on par with the attention to detail. The Alinea, Fat Duck, and Noma books all come short. The presentation of dishes in elaborate. Clearly an immense amount of thought and care went into designing this book.
The recipes are complex, though a number are very approachable. Gilmore has also filled the book with organic photographs that are stunning. With a textured cover and multiple different paper types inside, this is THE coffee table cookbook. I have yet to find another book that is as naturally beautiful as this. A must for chefs and strongly recommended for any who love beautiful cookbooks.
11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2011
This is an awesome cookbook. Great Pictures. Great Recipes. Truly inspiring chef. Its amazing how beautiful food can look! If you are a chef and or cookbook collector, this is a must. I have over 100 cookbooks and this is really a great book. I loved reading it and basically read the whole book in one night. BUY IT!!!!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2011
The large coffee table-sized book arrived in great condition. What a treat to peak into the world of Quay. Of course these dishes aren't really for the average home cook, but the photos and book styling can inspire anyone. So glad I purchased this book, it's a one-of-a-kind.