Signature Dishes That Matter (Hardcover)

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By Christine Muhlke (Curated by), Mitchell Davis (Foreword by), Susan Jung (Curated by), Andrea Petrini (Curated by), Howie Kahn (Curated by), Pat Nourse (Curated by), Diego Salazar (Curated by), Richard Vines (Curated by)
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For the more advanced and adventurous home cook in your life, the one dying to try out complicated and landmark recipes from around the world. 

— From Holiday Gift Guide 2019!


A global celebration of the iconic restaurant dishes that defined the course of culinary history over the past 300 years

Today's food-lovers often travel the globe to enjoy the food of acclaimed chefs. Yet the tradition of seeking out unforgettable dining experiences goes back centuries, and this gorgeous book reveals the closely held secrets behind the world's most iconic recipes - dishes that put restaurants on the map, from 19thcentury fine dining and popular classics, to today's most innovative kitchens, both high-end and casual. Curated by experts and organized chronologically, it's both a landmark cookbook and a fascinating cultural history of dining out.

The narrative texts are by Christine Muhlke, the foreword by Mitchell Davis, and illustrations by Adriano Rampazzo

About the Author

Curated by an award-winning international team, including: Susan Jung, senior food and wine editor of the South China Morning Post; Howie Kahn, writer and contributing editor for WSJ magazine; Christine Muhlke, writer and editor-at-large at Bon Appétit; Pat Nourse, culinary writer and critic; Andrea Petrini, writer, critic, and culinary creative; Diego Salazar, journalist and editor; and Richard Vines, chief food critic at Bloomberg.

Praise For…

"A definitive canon of cuisine."—Mitchell Davis

"It's a fascinating, easy read about the origins of dishes that have become part of the culinary vernacular... It's a celebration of dishes that define cultures, eras and peoples."—The Globe & Mail

"Traces the surprising histories of famous dishes."—Atlas Obscura

"Engrossing and cheerfully illustrated... Curated by culinary heavy hitters."—Galerie Magazine

"In this essential lesson in culinary history... Devotees of food history will want to order a copy of this one post-haste."—Vogue Online

"A lavish selection of stories."—The Sunday Times

"A handsome, heavyweight volume with marbled endpapers and gilt lettering, Signature Dishes That Matter falls somewhere between a cookbook and an encyclopaedia... Illustrated in understated watercolour - a quaint analogue antidote to the proliferation of #foodporn on social media."—The Telegraph

"The fascinating compendium of dishes through the ages focuses on food actually deserving of that overused word "iconic"."—The Sunday Times (Ireland)

"The gastronomic equivalent of an author finding their voice, a signature dish can often be, according to writer Mr Mitchell Davis, shorthand for a chef's particular style... Spanning different eras, geographies and genres, it paints an effective portrait of food culture through the ages."—Mr Porter

"Who's to blame for Hawaiian pizza? Find out in this new tome."—Metropolitan

"A history of gastronomy, told through the most iconic restaurant dishes from the past three centuries... It is both a landmark cookbook and a fascinating cultural history of dining out."—Yes Chef magazine

"Part recipe book, part travel guide and part encyclopaedia of gastronomy."—Countryside La Vie

"With 237 plates by 207 chefs in 26 countries over the span of three centuries, Signature Dishes That Matter reveals food to be more than sustenance and more than art - it tells the story of what it means to be human."—National Post

Product Details
ISBN: 9780714879321
ISBN-10: 0714879320
Publisher: Phaidon Press
Publication Date: November 6th, 2019
Pages: 448

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