In the Kitchen with Alain Passard
Inside the World (and Mind) of a Master Chef
By Christophe Blain
(Chronicle Books, Hardcover, 9781452113463, 96pp.)
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
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Available in English for the very first time, In the Kitchen with Alain Passard is the first graphic novel to enter the kitchen of a master chef. Over the course of three years, illustrator Christophe Blain trailed acclaimed chef Alain Passard through his kitchens and gardens. With simple yet sublime drawings and thousands of colorful panels, this book gives the reader an inside, uncensored look at the world of Passard, who shocked the food universe in 2001 by removing meat from the menu at his celebrated Paris restaurant, L'Arpege, and dedicating himself to serving vegetables from his own organic farms. This irresistible hardcover combines a portrait of an amazing chef, an inside look at his creative process, and a humorous riff on fine dining culture—plus fifteen recipes for the home kitchen—in one haute cuisine comic book for foodies!
Christophe Blain is the award–winning creator and illustrator of several successful French graphic novel series. He lives in Paris.
"I was prepared to enjoy it a lot, as the rare conjunction of two of my passions. I was not prepared to be quite so smitten with it as I was. With his minimalistic and dynamic drawing style, Blain is incredibly successful in conveying the energy and emotion of each passage, as he watches Passard cook, chats with members of his crew, or visits the chef's famous vegetable gardens. -- Clotilde Dusoulier, Chocolate & Zucchini
"Until I eat at Alain Passard's veg-centric L'Arpege in Paris (it's on my short list), I'll just keep rereading the fun and informative graphic novel In the Kitchen with Alain Passard." -- Andrew Knowlton, Bon Appetit magazine