Steffen Sinzinger’s favourite recipe book
The Eleven Madison Park restaurant in New York, under the award-winning Head Chef Daniel Humm, was recently voted fifth best restaurant in the world. In Eleven Madison Park: The Cookbook, the restaurant’s sumptuous cuisine (“modern french with a New York twist”) is adapted for the home cook. Below, our very own Head Chef Steffen Sinzinger of the Brasserie Le Faubourg explains why this is his all-time favourite cookbook.
If Steffen were to sum up the must-have Eleven Madison Park: The Cookbook in a few words, these would be: “elegant, clear, detailed, brilliant, comprehensive, original, balanced, contemporary, diverse, consistent, quality, elitist, passionate, creative.” If he were to sum the book up in just one word, it would be: “perfect!”
He likes cookbooks with a natural, understandable approach and avoids overly technical ones that are too reliant on highly-specialised gadgets. At the same time, he believes a good cookbook should show what is possible, not just what is familiar, and it is not necessary for every recipe to be easy to cook at home; it should also be a source of inspiration.
Steffen believes the Eleven Madison Park cookbook strikes a good balance, and is also beautifully presented, with photography from Francesco Tonelli, a chef turned photographer who specialises in food photography.
Steffen is an avid reader of cookbooks. On his blog Berliner Speisemeisterei you will find reviews of many more of his favourites, plus recipes, advice and mouthwatering photography.