Anyone who has a serious appreciation for the current and future state of cuisine may very well be interested in this book. Though less of a cookbook, it details out the impetus of the Cook It Raw symposiums, held in different countries and locales each year.
The participating chefs are a rogues' gallery of the best and brightest the industry currently offers from around the globe: Sean Brock, Rene Redzepi, Alex Atala, David Chang, Albert Adria, Magnus Nilsson, Ben Shewry, Daniel Patterson.
Though disparate, these chefs all represent a new, micro terroir vision of what our cuisine will become in the near century.
The book details how the chefs meet each year in a different terroir, immersing themselves in the landscape and culture, then convening to cook a series of dinners based on and sourced from that same locale. Sometimes they achieve greatness, and sometimes they fail dramatically, but that's partially the point- to provide an environment wherein these chefs can swing for the cheap seats without fear of the financial or pr repercussions that the same experiments would allow in their home kitchens.
As a chef, this is exactly the kind of relevant, current discussion we need. The book has a fantastic contemporary production value, outstanding high gloss photography and is exactly what you need as a chef, eater or food advocate to get your juices flowing.
Listen to the David Chang lecture from the Harvard Lecture Series at the School of Applied Sciences & Engineering on microbiology and terroir. This came as a trickle down from his experiences at Cook It Raw and discussions with Rene Redzepi. Shortly thereafter, here in Charleston, we began to see similar engineering changes on the menus at Brock's McCrady's with pairings such as phytoplankton dashi. Then Brock went to Brazil,Ben Shewry and Magnus Nilsson came here to Charleston. It is indeed a great time to be a chef in the American South.
I'm not so bold as to claim this is the next wave, but rather a direction. Some key players from some significant food cultures are sitting up, taking notice and adding their voice to the discussion. You should too.