Spanish chef Ferran Adrià of El Bulli fame turns 50 today. The legendary chef earned a reputation for developing advanced cooking techniques like spherification (imagine liquid olives), but for his birthday, we think he'd like something simpler that reflects his Catalan roots. Adrià's Rotisserie Chicken with Dried Fruit and Pine Nuts is a superfast version of a traditionally long-simmered stew. This 15-minute dish combines store-bought rotisserie chicken with a fruit-and-nut sauce flavored with delicious poultry drippings.
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Catalan Rotisserie Chicken Stew
Known for experimenting with futuristic cooking techniques at the now-closed El Bulli, Spanish chef Ferran Adrià
shows a simpler side in his next cookbook, The Family Meal
. Focusing on the sort of filling budget meals that were served to the restaurant’s staff, the Phaidon tome drops October 1 and features step-by-step photo instructions. It's not the first time that Adrià has exhibited a knack for easy dishes; the superchef shared this recipe for sweet and nutty Catalan chicken stew
with Food & Wine
back in 2005. The surprising shortcut: store-bought rotisserie chicken.
Ferran Adria's upcoming cookbook has meals for $5 a person.
You’ve got to love a book party that features the Ace Hotel
’s DJ Huggy Bear
(his card says, “I accept hugs, not requests”). So Phaidon
’s fall preview party, at its Soho store, had excellent music. And following the success of Noma
by René Redzepi
, it's no surprise that they have a terrific fall cookbook lineup as well. That includes a new edition of the best-selling Silver Spoon
book and The Art of French Baking
, with adorable illustrations by Chocolate & Zucchini
blogger Clotilde Dusoulier
. Best of all, in my world, is The Family Meal: Home Cooking with Ferran Adrià
. The book will feature 31 staff meals from Spain’s El Bulli (Meal 7: Waldorf Salad, Noodle Soup with Mussels and Melon Soup with Pink Grapefruit). I plan to cook my way through all of them, especially because these meals average out to about $5 per person (which is about one-tenth of the cost of a cab ride to El Bulli
from the nearest town). I’ve especially got my eye on Meal 4, wherein I’ll learn the secrets to Adrià
’s Caesar salad and cheeseburger with potato crisps.