MADRID, Feb 14 — Six years after first announcing ambitious plans to create the gastronomic equivalent of Wikipedia, Spanish chef Ferran Adrià has quietly released the first of 35 tomes that puts to print the history of drink.
As the visionary behind the fabled elBulli restaurant in Spain, which shuttered at the peak of its fame after having been crowned the world’s best restaurant five times, there is perhaps no more qualified or ambitious food personality to helm such a project.
Originally set to exist as an online database much like Wikipedia, Adrià’s Bullipedia.net has been transmuted into a good old-fashioned encyclopedia set, reports influential food blog Eater.com in a progress report.
The first volume in the series Drinks: Definition, history, types and composition, is a 564-page tome written in Spanish that starts with the basics: the “definition of drink”; the different ways humans drink; why we drink; its gastronomic value; how our ancestors drank, and even explanations of how straws were used as far back as 5,000 years ago.
So far, a dozen titles are slated for publication in 2018 and 2019, including books on Paleolithic and Neolithic gastronomy; wine in gastronomy; processed and unprocessed foods.
Overall, a total of 35 books, each around 500 pages in length, tracing the history and evolution of gastronomy, will be published over the next four years, he tells Eater.
The first edition retails for €80 (RM389.96).
It’s not the first time Adrià has published a culinary opus.
elBulli 2005-2011 is an encyclopedic set that catalogues every dish served in the restaurant’s seven-year history which was published in 2014. — AFP-Relaxnews