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Hardcover Working the Plate: The Art of Food Presentation Book

ISBN: 047147939X

ISBN13: 9780471479390

Working the Plate: The Art of Food Presentation

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Feast your eyes. Long awaited by professional chefs, this groundbreaking guide to food presentation will also delight and inspire culinary students and sophisticated home cooks. Acclaimed food writer and culinary producer Christopher Styler describes seven distinctive plating styles, from Minimalist to Naturalist to Dramatic, with several striking examples of every genre. Each plating suggestion is accompanied by clear instructions along with color...

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6 ratings

Beautiful photos

I bought this for my husband who loves it. It's a wonderful resource and visually appealing. I'm a little turned off by the fact that the seller bought it from Goodwill for $3.99 and marked it up to over $8 but that's just a morality issue with the seller not the book.

One step closer

As, I take another step toward becoming a "backdoor" chef, I wanted to learn to plate food as the professional chefs do. I started with this book, and found it to be informative. Good Pictures aided me as I browsed through the pages. I think this book is a wonderful product, but at my level of learning it wasn't exactly what I was looking for. It is no doubt, useful in my advanced learning, but I will pursue another book to teach me the basic info I need. I recommend this book to anybody that has experience in plating food.

working the plate

This book has opened my eyes on some great ideals and will help me through some plating issues while I am in school and for many plates to come. Plus my family really enjoys the fancy plating instead of the normal drop your food in the plate and go. Recommend this book to any culinary student or individual who just wants to dress up thier plates for dinner or any meal for that matter.

a great beginning...

This is a very nice book for beginners or a cook looking to become more of a chef. The recipes are workable. There are certain patterns that repeat (e.g. use of molds, sauces, etc). Knife skills are assumed. Layering and building are touched on. Keep a plate clean, no messy garnishes along the rims. This book will firm up what you don't know, but if you are working chef this won't/shouldn't be new. However, presentation at the next step is found in many places: Art Culinaire magazine is a start. Then the books of El Bulli, Michel Bras, Heston Blumenthal, Food Network, then HSN, QVC food presentations. Inspiration and cutting edge are found in nontraditional places and brought mainstream.

Working the Plate by Christopher Styler

A great additiom to any chef or cooks collection of books. It is very well presented in a good clear type-face with excellent photographs. The step by step plating assembly photos' are also very pleasing. This book alng with Rori Trovato's 'Dishing with Style' and Rick Tramonto's 'amuse bouche' should provide enough inspiration for any chef/cook to present the perfect dinner party.

Working the Plate

Very informative. Great recipes. Great pictures. Enjoyed the way they show different ways of looking at plate presentations.
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