This amazing series by the Swiss publisher Opt Art, with text in both English and German, focuses on different regions, showcasing restaurants and chefs through reproductions of their menus and recipes accompanied by remarkably vivid large-format photographs of plated food. The series began in 1997 and was published annually until renowned photographer Bruno Hausch, who led the project, was killed in a mountaineering accident.
The release of each handsome, slipcased, full cloth-bound volume generated much excitement. All volumes have since been sought by collectors who recognized the value of the perspective they provided.
Volume 1: The Best of Hong Kong, Morocco/Marokko, and London (1997) includes profiles of three restaurants once contained within the Regent Hotel (now the InterContinental) in Hong Kong: Restaurant Yu, Restaurant Plume, and Restaurant Lai Ching Heen; Thai Woo; Hunan Garden; Golden Island Bird’s Nest Chiu Chau; Forum; Gaddi’s in Hong Kong. In Morocco: La Gazelle d’Or, Le Tivoli, Villa Maroc, and La Mamounia. And in London: The Dorchester, Restaurant Aubergine, and Pied-à-Terre.
A Very Good copy; however, it no longer has its slipcase. The beige cloth of the cover show some discoloration from shelving and handling over the years.