At the moment, it seems that we cannot avoid having to consider a massive expansion of the large bookshelf in the near future. In recent months, however, I have occasionally doubted the purpose of my passion for collecting cookbooks. Fortunately, though, I pre-ordered this book weeks before the onset of my (really only temporary) unwillingness to purchase new cookbooks. After all, otherwise I would have missed out on one of the absolute highlights of this year:
Le Livre Blanc by Anne-Sophie Pic.
A more beautiful, simpler and at the same time in the most luxuriantly opulent book is rarely found. No matter what category, by the way.
In 2007, under Anne-Sophie Pic as Cuisinière, the Maison du Pic, the house that her family has run since 1891, now in its fourth generation, was again awarded three stars. An award that only three other women had received by then. In the same year, she was also awarded Chef of the Year by the Guide Michelin.
The unusual features of the book published a few days ago are not limited to the noble, white slipcase in which the title is stamped, the outside after the cut additionally in silver lacquered pages or the innovative division to show the pictures in the front part, the texts in the last third. It is also the many surprising elements, a play with materials and paper, as well as the consistent and impressive aesthetics that run through the entire work.
Culinary Livre Blanc moves between the traditions of Maison Pic, but also plays and surprises with modern adaptations and very many creative ideas in visual perfection.
An urgent recommendation for any bookshelf. Available since September 19, 2013.
Le Livre Blanc
Publisher: Jacqui Small
Published 19 September 2013
Price: € 46,40