Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine

An insight into the food philosophy and creativity of Noma restaurant.

René Redzepi


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About the book
René Redzepi has been widely credited with re-inventing Nordic cuisine. His Copenhagen restaurant, Noma, was recognized as the best in the world by the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurant awards in 2010 and received the unique ‘Chef’s Choice’ award at the same ceremony in 2009. Redzepi operates at the cutting edge of gourmet cuisine, combining an unrelenting creativity and a remarkable level of craftsmanship with an inimitable and innate knowledge of the produce of his Nordic terroir.

At Noma, which Redzepi created from a derelict eighteenth-century warehouse in 2003 after previously working at both elBulli and The French Laundry, diners are served exquisite concoctions, such as ‘Newly-Ploughed Potato Field’ or ‘The snowman from Jukkasjärvi’, all painstakingly constructed to express their amazing array of Nordic ingredients. Redzepi’s fascination with giving his diners a real taste of their food’s environment extends to serving dishes on pebbles found in the same fields as his produce. His search for ingredients involves foraging amongst local fields for wild produce, sourcing horse-mussels from the Faroe Islands and the purest possible water from Greenland. Redzepi has heightened the culinary philosophy of seasonally and regionally sourced sustainable ingredients to an exquisite level, and in doing so has created an utterly delicious cuisine.

Noma is an unprecedented opportunity to learn about Redzepi and Noma’s history and philosophy, the sourcing of ingredients, the experimentation behind the dishes and the cultural significance of dining at Noma. Accompanying this insight into Redzepi’s world will be over 90 of Redzepi’s recipes, by far the most comprehensive collection ever published. The book will also feature a series of specially commissioned photographs, illustrating the food and atmosphere of Noma, as well as the Nordic environment that lies at the heart of Redzepi’s cuisine.

In The Press
'Yesterday Dana pondered whether it's OK for a cookbook to be so pretty and so impressive that you're afraid to bring it into the kitchen. Noma is one book that might fall into that category. In fact, I would guard it with my life from kitchen stains!'

'Rene is a master locavore - the most intense and ingenious I've ever met.'
- Vogue

'The hottest topic in the food world. While Noma is all about Nordic cuisine, its philosophy is about the cuisine of wherever you are.'
- Kitchen Daily

'A gorgeous cookbook... spectacular. Noma is going to influence another generation of cooks.'
- The Atlantic

'Outstanding photographs that give a real feel for the location.'
- BBC Good Food magazine 'Evocative and informative... leaves you hungry for another visit.'
- Time Out

'One of the most idiosyncratic food books… Jaw-dropping photography… Mouth-watering.'
- The Independent on Sunday

'A vast, beautiful, intensely reflective and philosophical tome full of recipes.'
- The Times Saturday magazine

'Part man, part mushroom, all genius, Mr Redzepi is a true original.'
- The Independent

'Noma is the most important cookbook of the year.'
- The Wall Street Journal

'Noma is an international sensation.'
- The New York Times 

'The most innovative and beautiful cookbook of the year.'
- Washington Post

About the author(s)
René Redzepi is head chef and owner of Noma restaurant in Copenhagen, where he creates his inventive take on Nordic cuisine with a distinctive emphasis on regional specialities. He is widely recognized as one of the world’s most influential chefs.

René Redzepi: A Work in Progress
elBulli 2005–2011


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