1 Ordinary Cook, 35 Impossible Recipes: Outtakes from a week in the culinary trenches

My article about cooking incredibly difficult food from the most insane cookbooks of the year is running over at Cooking Light.

1 Ordinary Cook, 35 Impossible Recipes (“Can a home cook learn anything from the supercomplicated cookbooks of the world’s most celebrated chefs? We asked Timothy Taylor to dive into the deep end and throw some dinner parties for friends.”) 

Marina Dodis shot the pictures for the magazine. Here are some outtakes I shot myself. Random preparations and plates.

11 Madison Park Radicchio and Mango Salad with Basil Gel

Blanched basil leaves

Blanched basil

Juiced basil

Juiced basil
Setting the basil gel

Set up with agar-agar

Basil jelly

Assembly, note re-pureed basil to make gel

A pretty plate. Basil gel necessary? YMMV

Plated salad

NOMA Dinner with Heston Blumenthal dessert, by far the most massive undertaking I’ve ever attemped in any kitchen, anywhere.

Obsessive planning paid off, in the end. Couldn’t have done it by memory.

Written notes

Beets and blood oranges for the jellie

Juicing blood oranges

Parsley Oil

Parsley Oil

Apple gel for discs

Apple Gel

Shallots marinating in blueberry juice

Shallots marinating in blueberry juice

24 hour oxtail reduction

24 hour oxtail reduction

Improvised “dirt” for the NOMA vegetable field

Improvised dirt

Shocking veggies

Shocking the veggies

Plating the app: Blueberries and Onions

Plating the dishes

Spectacular dish. Amazing flavours.

Spectacular dish. Amazing flavours.

Plating the vegetable field: mashed potatoes, shocked veggies, top with dirt and carrot greens.

Plating the vegetable dish

Et voila. Oh man. Goo-ood.

Finished dish

A hit.

Dipping veggies in sauce

Apple discs for the main

Slicing apples

Apple *gel* discs

Apple jellies

Oxtail, oxtail reduction with verbana leaves, apple garnish

Oxtail main course

Oxtail with reduction, apple, sunchokes and crisp verbana leaves

Oxtail with reduction, apple, sunchokes and crisp verbana leaves

Blumenthalian Jelly.

Blumenthalian Jelly