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A Word-of-Mouth Guide to Barcelona's Best Restaurants

Pakta in Barcelona

The staff at Pakta, the Adrià brothers’ new Barcelona restaurant, tell writer Michael Idov where to find the city’s best food.

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F&W Book Club

Ferran Adria Explains El Bulli's 50-Step Soup

El Bulli's 50-Step Soup Recipe

Ferran Adrià's El Bulli changed the food world. Then it closed. But Adrià has found a way to bring back epic dishes like this one.

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Chicken Dance

Birthday Chicken for Ferran Adrià

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Catalan Chicken Recipe

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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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Ferran Adrià's Catalan Chicken Shortcut

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Chicken Dance spotlights a fantastic Food & Wine chicken recipe every day.

Catalan Rotisserie Chicken Stew

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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.

Books

Ferran Adrià’s $5 Meals

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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.

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