A Very Serious Cookbook
The first cookbook by the wunderkind New York chef duo Jeremiah Stone and Fabián von Hauske of Contra and Wildair.
This is the story of two places beloved by chefs and foodies worldwide - Lower East Side tasting-menu restaurant Contra, and its more casual sister, Wildair. The book exudes the spirit of collaboration and exploration that inspires the chefs' passionately seasonal cooking style, boundary-pushing creativity, and love of natural wine. Narratives explore how and why they developed their signature dishes - many of which are ideal for creative home cooks - and are full of their distinctive wit and personality.
A Very Serious Cookbook: Contra Wildair includes a foreword by US comedian and wine lover Eric Wareheim; 85 recipes organized into chapters: Always (mainstay, non-seasonal); Sometimes (hyper-seasonal, guest chef collaborations, international travel inspiration); Never (dishes on the menu once, not existent yet, all important); and Pantry. Photos of plated food, the restaurant, its locality, and travel bring the restaurant and its dishes to life.
Contra and Wildair have received several Best New Restaurant nods and major acclaim from the New York Times, Saveur, Bon Appétit, and Eater, among many others.
Top ReviewsAll over the place
by Amazon Customer (2 out of 5 stars)
December 11, 2018
I'm a chef and a serious collector of cookbooks and I can get into almost anything but I had trouble with this one. There's no clear explanation to exactly what it is nor does it have any unifying identity. It's two chefs putting a cookbook together from two different restaurants and it just doesn't have any flow to it. While the recipes are pretty cool there just isn't a fluid structure to the book at all. It's like a terribly garbled college English paper. While I wouldn't recommend it to most cooks professional or amateur, if you're a very serious cookbook collector it may have a place on your shelf due to the two NYC restaurants it's from but all in all as a cookbook or an artistic look at a restaurant it has a lot to be desired.
by Wong J. (5 out of 5 stars)
November 19, 2018
Inspiring, many of the dishes are also stupidly simple to execute but great in concept, which is what I admire. Definitely 2 chefs I look up to. Great addition to any culinary book collection.
awesome cook book
by Andrew C (5 out of 5 stars)
January 20, 2019
so much knowledge and story in it.
Awesome, good gift
by Leah Spicer (5 out of 5 stars)
January 18, 2019
by Marcell Hatten (5 out of 5 stars)
December 10, 2018
Tons of recipes
by Alexis (5 out of 5 stars)
April 2, 2019
A lot of amazing Ideas to grab, learn and innovate. Cool combinations of unexpected ingredients. Crazy to use it and create!
Very creative and well put together
by Jerrel (5 out of 5 stars)
January 29, 2019
Amazing and unique cook book ! I love it.
by Andy West (5 out of 5 stars)
March 12, 2019
It's a cookbook. A good one.
2 thumbs up but 3 if I could
by adeline beavers (5 out of 5 stars)
May 1, 2019
visually pleasing + tasteful recipes (double entendre)
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