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 2: Italy and California (1998) includes from Italy: Luisa Valazza of Al Sorriso, Massimo Ferrari of Al Bersagliere, Nadia Santini of Dal Pescatore, Gualtiero Marchesi of his eponymous restaurant, and Alfonoso Iaccarino from Don Alfonso 1890. From California: Thomas Keller of The French Laundry, Hubert Keller of Fleur de Lys, Traci Des Jardins of Jardinière, Mark Peel of Campanile, Ludovic Lefebvre of L’Orangerie, Max Elfman of Dobson’s, and Martin Woesle of Mille Fleurs.
Fine, unused condition, including the slipcase.