Thursday Book Review: “Arzak Secrets”

This week’s featured book is Arzak Secrets by Juan Mari Arzak. Keep reading to see what reviewers thing of this cookbook! 

Arzak Reveal Their Kitchen Secrets in English

Fine Dining Lover

“Originally published in Spanish, this will be a first opportunity for English speakers to obtain unique insight into the recipes and techniques used by Juan Mari Arzak and daughter Elena at their San Sebastian restaurant.”

“The fascinating book demands a level of technical skill and molecular gastronomy knowledge that will appeal to both professionals and aspiring home chefs. Supported by stunning photography the ‘secrets’ revealed are also a chance to better understand the innovation and development process behind the dishes in a restaurant that is considered one of the leaders in New Basque cuisine.”

Read the full review here>>>

Father of modern Spanish cuisine gives away his secrets

Star 2

“In this book there is no basic recipe section. All recipes are short and sweet and contained within one to two pages. In other words, the techniques don’t seem that daunting. The book makes the recipes seem very doable.”

“If modernist cooking rocks your boat, this is a very fascinating book worth a spot on your bookshelf.”

Read the full review here>>>

About the Book


Juan Mari Arzak is the owner and chef of Arzak restaurant in San Sebastian, Spain, and was one of the first Spanish chefs to be awarded 3 Michelin stars. The restaurant is now rated 8th best in the world, and Juan’s daughter Elena, who cooks with him, was voted best female chef in the world in 2012. They both studied with the great chefs of their day – Juan in France with Paul Bocuse and the Troisgros brothers; Elena with Alain Ducasse, Ferran Adrìa and Pierre Gagnaire. ‘What we eat, how we eat, is in our culture,’ says Elena, ‘our signature cuisine is Basque. Our taste is from here. We were born here. We cook unconsciously with this identity.’ Thus Arzak is considered to be one of the most influential masters of the New Basque cuisine, which has continued to have a major influence on international cuisine, particularly on such world renowned chefs as Ferran Adrià, who took the techniques pioneered by Arzak to new heights.

Originally published in Spanish and now available in English for the first time Arzak Secrets is THE behind the scenes recipe and technique book from the world famed restaurant. Gorgeously photographed, this volume is a glimpse at some of the secrets behind the dishes that have made the restaurant and chef famous. Arzak’s kitchen is a laboratory for flavors, aromas and textures, and his dishes and techniques are revealed in this fascinating cookbook, which is not only for professionals looking for inspiration but for any dedicated cook committed to understanding the creative development and innovations behind this exceptional food.

Purchase your copy here>>>


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