PRG Book Club: Ferran


This month, Chef Scott Turnipseed from Café Bernardo R-15, recommends:

FERRAN: The Inside Story of El Bulli and The Man Who Reinvented Food by Colman Andrews

Why are you recommending this book?
Interesting and fun read about a famous chef from Spain who is well revered in our field.

Who should read this book?
For both professional and home cooks who want to learn about a far-influencing chef who runs the #1 restaurant in the world and is a leader in food gastronomy and technology.

Why did you choose to read this book?
I wanted to learn about the origin of our worldly food influences and how it affects what top American chefs do today.

What did you like the most about this book?
So far, the writer writes passionately about Ferran and his restaurant and how it became something from nothing. Mr. Andrews seems to be an intense foodie and it shows through his love for storytelling.

Book Details

Book available at: Barnes & Noble and

Book Summary (from Barnes & Noble):

The first-ever biography of Ferran Adrià, the chef behind Spain’s renowned El Bulli restaurant, by one of the world’s foremost food authorities.

Ferran Adrià is arguably the greatest culinary revolutionary of our time. Hailed as a genius and a prophet by fellow chefs, worshipped (if often misunderstood) by critics and lay diners alike, Adrià is imitated and paid homage to in professional kitchens, and in more than a few private ones, all over the world.

In his lively close-up portrait of Adrià, award-winning food writer Colman Andrews traces this groundbreaking chef ‘s rise from resort- hotel dishwasher to culinary deity, and the evolution of El Bulli from a German-owned beach bar into the establishment voted annually by an international jury to be “the world’s best restaurant.” With a new afterword for the paperback edition, Ferran brings to life the most exciting food movement of our time and illuminates the ways in which Adrià has forever altered our understanding and appreciation of food and cooking.

Have you read Ferran? If so, please leave a comment below and tell us what you thought about the book.