Chef Ferran Adrià’s New Books Reveal the Secrets of El Bulli

In the three years since El Bulli closed, chef Ferran Adrià has been busy. In addition to getting the El Bulli Foundation off the ground, he has produced a seven-volume collection of recipes for every dish produced during the last years of his legendary restaurant on the Catalonian coast of Spain. The collection—elBulli 2005–2011, a $625 release from Phaidon Press—is an exhaustive catalogue of 750 dishes with 1,400 photographs and detailed instructions. These ethereal creations include a nori empanadilla, made with seaweed-wrapped pink lemons and caramelized black sesame seeds, and a Water Lilies tapa with jasmine tea, mandarin essence, white begonia flowers, and cashew apple. Adrià also includes notes on where to find rare ingredients and how to execute complex techniques and create stunning visual presentations. His brother Albert, the mastermind behind El Bulli’s pastries, and Juli Soler, the restaurant’s manager, also contributed to the tomes.

Naturally, Adrià’s book tour is also extraordinary. Starting March 8, the chef will embark on a global whirlwind of intimate, one-night cocktail parties. His North American destinations are the Vancouver Club in Vancouver, the Town Hall Theater in Seattle, the Glenn Gould Theater in Toronto, the 92nd Street Y in New York City, and Balena in Chicago. Tickets for the receptions, which are limited to 50 guests, are about $700 apiece and include the elBulli 2005–2011 collection and access to a public lecture by Adrià following the reception. (www.phaidon.com/elbulli)

Photo by Daniel Krieger for the New York Times
Few restaurateurs have made as refined an imprint on New York’s dining scene as Drew Nieporent. In...
Part of a larger renovation at the hotel, the new Le Miyako has added a teppanyaki table...
Placed in different kitchens, chefs will create eight-course menus inspired by local cuisine…
Interactive cooking demonstrations with acclaimed chefs, wine and tequila tastings, and an open-air...
Photograph by Deborah Jones
The Michelin three-star chef is also creating a new signature restaurant for the cruise line…
The bistro is a tribute to the meals prepared by Italian mothers and grandmothers everywhere…
Marcus’ welcomes guests with a globally influenced menu and a modern art-filled setting…
Festivities will include musical performances, bourbon tastings, and meals prepared by some of the...
Photo by Christian Horan
The 26,000-square-foot Nobu Doha dishes out a fusion of Japanese and Arabian Gulf delicacies in...
Photo by Deborah Jones
The heart of Napa’s three-Michelin-star restaurant gets a makeover…