Saturday, October 9, 2010
A New Cookbook & Some Peacefulness on Your Plate
I must admit, it's been quite an odd, dreary week and when I happened to stumble on some photos of the landmark Copenhagen restaurant, Noma, yesterday, they brought a little solace and inspiration. There's something about gathering around the table with good friends in a warm, rustic environment that just makes you smile and appreciate what's on your plate (and who's in your life) a bit more.
Noma was named "best restaurant in the world" earlier this year in the S. Pellegrino 50 Best Restaurant awards. Though I have yet to travel to Denmark to qualify that statement, the photos featured in Noma's new cookbook (Phaidon) by famed photographed are pretty spectacular. A collaboration between chef Rene Redzepi and photographer Ditte Isager The restaurant and the book exudes the essence of everything Scandinavian - the design, the food and that feeling of calm that goes along with it. Take a good, long gaze for yourself...
Here's to a very relaxing, peaceful weekend! On tap for moi...apple picking upstate and a few events at this weekend's NYC Wine & Food Festival. Stay tuned for resulting recipes and recaps, including an overview of the incredibly-stacked panel I attended yesterday: Dan Barber of Blue Hill, Tom Colicchio of Craft and Top Chef, Alex Guarnaschelli of Butter, Daniel Humm of 11 Madison Park and Patrick Martins of Heritage Foods - all discussing the meaning of "local" and where the direction of eating and thinking more sustainably is heading.
Images via: NordicDesign, Phaidon, Ditte Isager, La Tartine Gourmande