This luxuriously produced two-volume set announces the next stage of NYC’s ever-evolving Eleven Madison Park, perennially listed among the world’s best restaurants. Chef Daniel Humm here explains the four fundamental qualities he expects of any dish he serves: not only must it be delicious, beautiful, and creative, it must be intentional: “A dish needs to have a story. A dish’s existence need to make sense—whether that means we are drawing from the past, the present, the future, or another narrative.”
The Recipes & Photographs volume most resembles a traditional cookbook, with seasonally arranged, arrestingly photographed recipes. The dishes themselves, however, often stand tradition on its head. In the very first recipe, Humm reinvents the New York black and white cookie as a savory cheddar shortbread filled with lady apple puree and covered with unsweetened cocoa butter glazes. Humble tilefish is poached with parsnip and poppy seeds.
In the Stories & Watercolors volume, Humm addresses the scope of his culinary ambition, drawing on journals he began keeping twenty five years ago and weaving in stories from his youth in Switzerland, his years working in San Francisco, and the energizing culture shock of coming to work in New York. Janice Barnes’ absorbing watercolors showcase the ingredients which capture Humm’s attention and fit the more reflective mood of this volume versus the prescriptive recipe volume.
This is a limited, hand-numbered edition of 11,000 sets. Each Stories & Watercolors volume has been signed by Daniel Humm and Will Guidara, EMP’s general manager. The set comes in a cloth-covered slipcase and each volume has two ribbon markers. Color photographs and watercolors throughout.