'elBulli' on Serious Eats

Cook the Book: Catalan-Style Turkey

Just like chicken thighs, turkey legs are an economical cut that's often overlooked. By braising instead of roasting, these legs emerge juicy and nearly falling off the bone with sweetness and warmth from the sherry, raisins and prunes. Served up with something starchy like a Saffron Risotto with Mushrooms (recipe to come later this week) and you've got a lovely fall family meal. More

Cook the Book: 'The Family Meal'

Before elbulli shut its doors back in July, it was arguably the most important and influential restaurant in the world. Reservations were made years out for a dinner at the famed restaurant in Roses, Spain. And while much has been written about dining at elbulli, the public knows relatively little about what went on behind the scenes. For instance, has anyone ever stopped and thought about what Ferran Adrià's 75 employees sat down and ate before the restaurant opened for service each night? It might be fun to imagine the staff chowing down on Olive Spheres and Hot Cold Gin Fizzes, but in reality things were a little tamer and a lot more practical for the home cook. The Family Meal is Adrià's latest cookbook, and it's quite a departure from his previous titles. We'll be cooking from it all week. More

Serious Reads: 'The Sorcerer's Apprentices,' by Lisa Abend

Restaurant elBulli is renowned worldwide for its innovative, surprising cuisine and genius head chef Ferran Adria. Adria has been leading this kitchen in Roses, Spain, for over 25 years, and in that time has expertly merged creativity and artistic expression with haute cuisine. The restaurant is a five-time winner of the title "Best Restaurant in the World" and holds three Michelin stars. Adria's methods are so advanced and secretive that most outsiders project an aura of untouchability onto him and his staff. Journalist Lisa Abend spent more than 70 days in the elBulli kitchen, with a mission to reveal the human side of this mysterious restaurant in her book The Sorcerer's Apprentices: A Season in the Kitchen at Ferran Adria's elBulli. More

Ferran Adrià to Put El Bulli 'Research Laboratory' Recipes Online

Ferran Adrià told an audience at Harvard University on Tuesday that he plans to post a daily recipe from the research laboratory that's due to replace his El Bulli restaurant in northeast Spain. According to the Guardian, he said he would be developing a "social networking site of culinary creativity" using the kitchens of El Bulli, which are set to close in the middle of next year. More

The Amateur Gourmet's Meal at El Bulli

Just when I thought I was tired of hearing Spain's El Bulli called "The Greatest Restaurant in the World," Adam Roberts pops in with an El Bulli review at The Amateur Gourmet whose takeaway message is, "Yes, you must eat at El Bulli before you die if you want to experience the most amazing meal ever." His review format of comic book panels interspersed with short video clips of his 30-course meal (dishes including Coconut Sponge, Rabbit Canape with Your Giblets, and Pinenut Shabu Shabu) make for a most easily digestible (pun intended) and fun read. It took Roberts five years of trying before he got a reservation; better start now! Related Ferran Adria: The New Foam Meets the... More

S. Pellegrino's 2009 'World's 50 Best Restaurants List' Released

On the 2009 list, El Bulli is at No. 1 for the fourth year in a row. Fat Duck at No. 2 again. Rounding out the top ten are: Noma (Copenhagen), Mugaritz (San Sebastián, Spain), El Celler de Can Roca (Girona, Spain), Per Se (NYC), Bras (Laguiole, France), Arzak (San Sebastián, Spain), Pierre Gagnaire (Paris), and Alinea (Chicago).... More

Deconstructed Nachos à la El Bulli in Achewood Webcomic

See the rest at achewood.com. It gets even weirder. If you're familiar with El Bulli, "the most imaginative generator of haute cuisine on the planet" [the Guardian], and if you are also familiar with shooting for greatness and falling far, far short, you will understand the February 11 installment of Achewood. Even then, you may not understand it, but it's fun to see El Bulli, nachos, and Braveheart referenced in a comic strip. [via Stephanie Shaver] Related Comic Strip Is Skeptical About Sous-Vide A Comic About Eating at Alinea Ferran Adria: The New Foam Meets the Old Foam... More

Jay Rayner's Day at El Bulli

The Observer's restaurant critic, Jay Rayner, takes the occasion of the publication of A Day at elBulli to do just that, and dine at El Bulli for the first time. My meal there was quite simply the best of my life—the most intriguing, the most entertaining, the most delicious—which is a staggering achievement for a place hyped beyond all bounds of sense or logic. I went nursing a fear that I would be disappointed. I left all those fears by a ragged Catalan beach. Read about the day in the Observer Food Monthly, or watch the video.... More

Old-School Spanish Chef Calls Molecular Gastronomy Unhealthy

Rice and parmesan cookies at El Bulli from smashz on Flickr Whether you love or hate the over-the-top concoctions that marry cuisine and lab experiments, molecular gastronomy may not even be healthy. In his new book, The Kitchen Laid Bare, renowned Catalan chef Santi Santamaría criticizes molecular gastronomy for not only being pretentious, but posing public health concerns. A proponent for natural ingredients, Santamaría compares using synthetic products to "an athlete who dopes." He's had no problem singling out Ferran Adrià, the man behind Michelin-starred El Bulli, where the menu has included liquid ham croquette, passion fruit caviar, and a range of flavored foams. Adrià responded, asserting that all amounts have been approved by EU standards, and that additives... More

El Bulli World's Best? Bull!

You know, I kinda wondered about it when S. Pellegrino released its 50 Best Restaurants in the World listing this year—you know, the fact that the top dog three years running was El Bulli in ol' España. But I figured, well, Michael Jordan and the Bulls did a threepeat. And the Forbes richest dudes list seems to be pretty static. But Terry Durack in The Independent calls BS on the El Bulli win: As El Bulli only opens for only six months of the year, and all seats are booked on the day they are released, I'm amazed that so many judges were able to get in. I was a judge, and I couldn't. So I suspect that some judges... More

How to Get a 2008 El Bulli Reservation

El Bulli is now taking reservations for 2008. Don't bother calling, just cross your fingers and follow Louisa's instructions: If you'd like a reservation at El Bulli next year, then send an email now to bulli@elbulli.com. Simply state your desired dates and number in your party. Remember to include your name, email address, and telephone number. The restaurant is open from April until the end of September/beginning of October, Wednesday to Saturday, for dinner. It's open for lunch in April, May, and June on Sunday only. Related: How to get French Laundry reservations... More

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