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Ferran Adria on how to cook El Bulli's "The Family Meal"

Ferran Adria on how to cook El Bulli's "The Family Meal"

If it seems like you’re seeing a lot more of Ferran Adria than you have before, you’re right. Perhaps it’s because he’s trying to keep the buzz alive sans El Bulli, or maybe without the responsibilities of running the best restaurant in the world he just has more time. That’s not to say he’s slowing down – quite the opposite (see where you can accidentally bump into him on his busy schedule). He’s still teaching culinary physics at Harvard (a class I’d love to audit), he’s giving more interviews than ever and he just wrote another cookbook, The Family Meal. Whereas Adria’s other cookbooks hardly ever make it to my kitchen and act instead more like objets d’arts for my coffee table (I barely made it through chemistry, I doubt I’ll be diving into molecular gastronomy for dinner any time soon), The Family Meal features recipes like Caesar salad, cheeseburgers & potato crisps, pasta bolognese and saffron risotto, aka things I can actually make. And none of it requires liquid nitrogen or a dehydrator or a Spherification Kit (part of Adria’s line of domestic products that allows you to make any food into little caviar-like pellets)…

Butt up, legs out: the photographs of Guy Bourdin

Butt up, legs out: the photographs of Guy Bourdin

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Guy Bourdin (1928-91) is one of those rare fashion photographers who straddled the line between art and commerce, ultimately leaving his mark in both worlds. Bourdin got an unusual start, receiving his first formal photographic training while serving in the military in Senegal in the late 40s. A few years later, when he came back to Paris, his photographs were exhibited in a show for which Man Ray wrote the catalogue’s introduction – a helluva start for a newbie. He was quickly whisked away to French Vogue, where his love of Man Ray’s surrealism made a marked impact on his fashion editorials.

Dieter Rams on good design at Soho Phaidon

Dieter Rams on good design at Soho Phaidon

This isn’t the first time I’ve written about Dieter Rams and it won’t be the last. His Ten Commandments of Good Design have been the guiding light for designers since the mid 1950s. But his ideas apply to non-designers as well. His call for innovation, honesty, attention to detail and aesthetics as well as an awareness of and responsibility to the environment are ideals to live by, not just design by. His design ethos is sexy, his designs, clearly, are sexy too, and Rams is pretty bangin’ himself – the close-cropped blonde (now white) ‘do, black turtlenecks and little tortoise shell glasses has had this German girl in something of a tizzy for years.

Living in the Endless City

Living in the Endless City

A lot of people, New York natives especially, call their home town the best city in the world, but after enduring a seven month-long winter and battling the excruciating heat and humidity of its summer, one has to wonder if the 24-hour access to culture and nightlife is really worth it. Of course, no city is perfect, but lately the daily and, frankly, exhausting struggle with my NY weather foes has left me begging the question, what makes a successful city?

As serendipity would have it, Phaidon is asking themselves the same question and doing quite a good job of answering it, too, with their new release “Living in the Endless City.” If the neon green cover doesn’t grab your attention this little tidbit will. Right now 53% of the population lives in cities, with an expected increase to 75% by 2050, yet only 2% of the Earth’s surface is occupied by cities. 2%! With the frightening thought of more and more people cramming into this tiny fraction of our available land mass the book’s contributors tried to figure out how you measure the success of a city by looking at factors like 1) affordable public transportation, 2) public spaces that spread the population density out over various public centers and 3) size. Yes, size does matter – a successful city is neither too big not too small.

"Starved for Attention"

"Starved for Attention"

Looking through these photographs of happy, bouncing babies, you might think the one thing these children have in common is cuteness. That may be, but all the children depicted in this photo series are also malnourished. Still, these aren’t your typical hungry-baby pictures. “Starved for Attention” is a new documentary project that gives an “uplifting emphasis and reworked visual identity to the underlying causes of the global malnutrition crisis, which affects 195 million children around the world.” 195 million! And that’s just the kids.

A Taxonomy of Office Chairs

A Taxonomy of Office Chairs

For designers, the chair is the ultimate object. Designer Ross Lovegrove puts it well. “Chairs,” he says, “are an infinite source of potential to explore material, structure, technology and form…all related to the human body and its elevation.” But given its status, Jonathan Olivares, who heads a design consultancy in Boston, was surprised that he was unable to find an objective reference manual on the subject. Books about chairs are popular, to be sure, but they’re skewed towards the author’s own personal tastes. So Olivares decided to write the book himself, an unbiased compendium that designers could refer to in order to get the whole history, not just one person’s historical preferences.

Director of Sundance Film Fest picks 10 best new filmmakers

Director of Sundance Film Fest picks 10 best new filmmakers

Algenis Perez in SUGAR (2008), directed by Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden Trevor Groth started working for Sundance as an intern in 1991. Now, twenty years later, he’s the director of programming for the annual film festival. It’s safe to say that in his time here he’s seen his fair share of films. Last year…

Phaidon gets Creamier

Phaidon gets Creamier

“Debora Muller,” by Roe Ethridge, 2008
Phaidon is hitting heavy this month with two major releases, “Take 100: The Future of Film,” which profiles 100 of the world’s most promising new directors and “Creamier.” “Creamier is the fifth book in the celebrated “Cream” series, which has served as a forecaster of contemporary art since 1998. Like its predecessors, “Creamier” showcases the 100 most exciting emerging artists chosen by the world’s top 10 curators. Each curator chooses 10 artists each as well as one key work, which are compiled in an appendix and represent the 10 most “relevant or influential” individual works in today’s art scene.

Phaidon is popping off in SOHO

Phaidon is popping off in SOHO

Literally (and strategically) around the corner from the Taschen store in SOHO is the brand new Phaidon pop up shop, conveniently open now through the holidays. But who cares how calculated the timing and location is when some of the best art books are now a whole lot closer than Picadilly, Phaidon’s only other store.…