At long last The NoMad Cookbook, from the team behind the hotel, restaurant, and multi-bar concept in Manhattan, hits bookstores this week. Chef Daniel Humm authored the hefty, pricey book along with his partners Will Guidara and Leo Robitschek. Francesco Tonelli supplied moody photography. Robitschek also wrote a companion book, The NoMad Cocktail Book, which comes with the cookbook when purchased. This is the team's third cookbook project: In 2010, they released Eleven Madison Park and in 2012 they put out I Heart New York: Ingredients and Recipes.
"A restaurant cookbook... is about memorializing through recipes, photographs, and stories"
So how is this book different? Reached over email, Humm says it is "less about the farmers we work with and the ingredients of New York, and more about the soul of The NoMad and the food, drink, and people that bring it to life... in writing The NoMad, we looked more at our neighborhood, how it's changed over the years, and also the personality that has developed within the restaurant and hotel over a relatively short period of time."
Guidara adds that the book features the personalities that make The NoMad tick, including "executive chef James Kent, general manager Jeffrey Tascarella, executive pastry chef Mark Welker, and wine director Thomas Pastuszak" as well as recipes: "Ultimately, a restaurant cookbook... is about memorializing through recipes, photographs, and stories the living breathing and constantly changing place with which it shares its name."
So does the book contain a recipe for the famously rich chicken for two, with foie gras stuffed beneath its skin? "Yes," Guidara says, "you can make the chicken at home!" But do note that the book does not contain recipes for The NoMad's breakfast items. Humm says they considered including breakfast "because we are open for three meals a day," but ultimately space constraints seemed to get in the way. He adds, "Who knows though, maybe we'll consider another book down the road."
The NoMad Cookbook, published by Ten Speed Press, will be released online and in stores tomorrow, October 13. Find a preview, below: