Brazilian chef Alex Atala — whose restaurant D.O.M. is currently ranked sixth on the World's 50 Best list — will release his first English-language cookbook this September. Published by Phaidon, the book is called D.O.M: Rediscovering Brazilian Ingredients, and much like Atala's restaurant it will focus on the foods of the Amazon. Or, as he puts it in the book trailer below, "The main proposition for this cookbook is discovering Brazil through the ingredients interpreted through a restaurant." Photography in the book was done by Sergio Coimbra (recipes) and Edu Simoes (landscape/narrative).
Atala is known for collecting little-known ingredients from the area around Sao Paolo, preparing them with European techniques and serving them in a fine dining setting. In the video below, he goes into the Amazon and explains that his way of thinking is occasionally met with skepticism: "Even if someone said, aw, Alex uses poison ingredients or ants or strange things, I say please, just come to D.O.M. When people come to D.O.M., they have a unique, deep, Brazilian experience." Above, a selection of pages from the upcoming book; below, the trailer.
UPDATE: The title of this book has been changed from Alex Atala: Discovering New Brazilian Ingredients to D.O.M: Rediscovering Brazilian Ingredients; the post and cover imagery has been updated according.
Video: Alex Atala: D.O.M