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 3: New York and Paris (1999) includes from New York: David Waltuck of Chanterelle, Bernhard Muller of Lutèce, Christian Delouvrier of Lespinasse, Charlie Palmer of Aureole, Nobu Matsuhisa of Nobu, Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin, and Sirio Maccioni of Le Cirque. From Paris: Alain Ducasse, Alain Passard of L’Arpège, Guy Savoy, Alain Senderens of Lucas Carton, Bruno Cirino of Royal Monceau and Le Jardin, and Jean-Claude Vrinat of Taillevent in Paris.
Fine, unused copy, including the slipcase.