As previously announced, two-Michelin-starred chef Dominique Crenn (of San Francisco's Atelier Crenn) will release her debut cookbook — which she has called more than just a "book of recipes" — later this year. And now, here's the first look inside Atelier Crenn: Metamorphosis of Taste. As the chef told Eater in 2013, the book reveals "who we are" at her restaurant through different modes of "storytelling, and texture, and feeling, and emotion."
An exclusive peek at Atelier Crenn's pages reveals that the Atelier team approaches food with the intention of "creating and communicating an intention, a feeling, a memory, or an idea," as Crenn writes. During a 2014 lecture at Harvard, Crenn and her chef de cuisine Christopher Bleidorn revealed how the restaurant's famously poetic menu is driven by personal memories, leading to courses — and book recipes — with titles like "A Walk in the Forest" and, simply, "The Sea." ("When I was a child, my mother would offer our guests such a gorgeous array of shellfish," Crenn writes in the latter's introduction, as the memory gives way to a recipe for squid ink meringue.)
Atelier Crenn: Metamorphosis of Taste will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on November 3; pre-order a copy now on Amazon and get a sneak peek below.