My Last Supper

My Last Supper

50 Great Chefs and Their Final Meals: Portraits, Interviews, and Recipes

By Melanie Dunea; Anthony Bourdain (Introduction by); Giovanni Carrieri Russo (Designed by)

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, Hardcover, 9781596912878, 216pp.

Publication Date: October 16, 2007


Annie Leibovitz meets "Heat" in this award-winning photographer's stunning celebration of world-famous chefs and their final meals.

Chefs have been playing the "My Last Supper" game among themselves for decades, if not centuries, but it had always been kept within the profession until now. Melanie Dunea came up with the ingenious idea to ask fifty of the world's famous chefs to let her in on this insider's game and tell her what their final meals would be. "My Last Supper" showcases their fascinating answers alongside stunning "Vanity Fair" style portraits. Their responses are surprising, refreshing, and as distinct from each other as the chefs themselves. The portraits gorgeous, intimate, and playful are informed by their answers and reveal the passions and personalities of the most respected names in the business. Lastly, one recipe from each landmark meal is included in the back of the book. With "My Last Supper," Dunea found a way into the typically harried, hidden minds of the people who have turned preparing food into an art. Who wouldn't want to know where Alain Ducasse would like his supper to be? And who would prepare Daniel Boulud's final meal? What would Anthony Bourdain's guest list look like? As the clock ticked, what album would Gordon Ramsay be listening to? And just what would Mario Batali eat for the last time?

Featuring: Ferran Adria, Jose Andres, Dan Barber, Lidia Bastianich, Mario Batali, Rick Bayless, Michelle Bernstein, Daniel Boulud, Anthony Bourdain, Scott Conant, Gary Danko, Helene Darroze, Alain Ducasse, Wylie Dufresne, Suzanne Goin, Gabrielle Hamilton, Fergus Henderson, Thomas Keller, Giorgio Locatelli, Masa Kobayashi, Nobu, Jamie Oliver, Jacques Pepin, Gordon Ramsay, Michel Richard, Eric Ripert, Marcus Samuelsson, Charlie Trotter, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and more

About the Author
Melanie Dunea's work appears regularly in "Vanity Fair," "Newsweek," "Entertainment Weekly,"" Town & Country," "Gourmet," "People," "New York" and "InStyle," She has received an American Photography Award and a Society of Publication Design Annual Award, and will serve as an ambassador to India for Operation Smile. She lives in New York.

Anthony Bourdain is the author of the novels Bone in the Throat, The Bobby Gold Stories, and Gone Bamboo, in addition to the mega-bestseller Kitchen Confidential and A Cook s Tour. His work has appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, and he is a contributing authority for Food Arts magazine. He is the host of the popular television show Parts Unknown.

Praise For My Last Supper

"The format suggests coffee-table book, but this sumptuous feast of portraits, interviews and recipes is more like a banquet-table book"-Kirkus