CCR: El Celler de Can Roca (English language)
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A dramatic, comprehensive new book from one of the world’s great restaurants, located in Girona, Spain.
CCR stands not only for Celler de Can Roca, but in the minds of the three Roca brothers who run it, for Cuisine, Conscience, Reflection. This book is a clear testament to the thoughtfulness brought to bear by Joan, chef de cuisine, Josep, sommelier of the renowned wine cellar and program, and Jordi, the pastry chef.
At more than 550 full-color pages, CCR offers an abundance of fascinating, beautifully plated food which dances from inspired riffs on familiar Spanish ingredients to flights of imagination which appear unanchored in any single cuisine yet still make coherent sense.
A dish of rice with sea urchin and black sausage—inspired by a fisherman’s breakfast—appears a few pages from a chard millefeuile with pink grapefruit and Kalamata olive dressing. Several hundred pages later, a dessert of beet gel, purple shiso, hibiscus and lavender is closely followed by sourdough ice cream with sherry vinegar meringue.
The book’s oversize format allows the presentation photography to shine, and running commentary from the Rocas explains their sources of imagination, which are manifold, from trips to China to childhood toys. And a deluxe double gatefold presents photos of more than 80 herbs and flowers which the Roca’s delight in employing in their food.Hardcover. Color photographs throughout. Although the sample photographs feature Spanish-language text, we are supplying English-language copies.