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In the Kitchen with Alain Passard: Inside the World (and Mind) of a Master Chef

Written by Christophe Blain | May 2013
In the Kitchen with Alain Passard
Chronicle books | May 2013

Available in English for the very first time, In the Kitchen with Alain Passard is the first graphic novel to enter the kitchen of a master chef. Over the course of three years, illustrator Christophe Blain trailed acclaimed chef Alain Passard through his kitchens and gardens. With simple yet sublime drawings and thousands of colorful panels, this book gives the reader an inside, uncensored look at the world of Passard, who shocked the food universe in 2001 by removing meat from the menu at his celebrated Paris restaurant, L'Arpege, and dedicating himself to serving vegetables from his own organic farms. This irresistible hardcover combines a portrait of an amazing chef, an inside look at his creative process, and a humorous riff on fine dining culture—plus fifteen recipes for the home kitchen—in one haute cuisine comic book for foodies!


Born in Argenteuil in 1970, French illustrator Christophe Blain chose a career in comics after an education in economics. After working with David B, he has embarked on a sucessful solo career.
His comic book Quai d'Orsay (to be translated in English by SelfMadeHero in 2014) won the Angoulême Prize.


Article originally published by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States on frenchculture.org.

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