I love food, and I am a sucker for a man who can cook. So when I heard Melanie Dunea being interviewed on NPR about her book My Last Supper: 50 Great Chefs and their Final Meals, I knew I needed to check it out, especially since the Introduction is written by Anthony Bourdain, one of my all-time favorite chefs and creator and star of the Travel Channel series No Reservations.
This is more of a coffee table book than I expected it to be - but it's still full of great interviews with great chefs like Anthony Bourdain (once again - a personal fave), Eric Ripert, Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver, Daniel Boulud, Jacques Pepin, and others. Dunea is a photographer, so the book includes a wonderful portrait of each chef, accompanied by a scripted set of questions about his or her last meal. Some of the answers given are surprisingly simple meals - others are sophisticated and complex. The portraits are also wonderful and each seems to perfectly fit the character and style of the chef being interviewed. The book also includes recipes for these final meals, if you are so industrious that you want to attempt to make some of them.
I really enjoyed sitting and looking through this book, and reading what some of these amazing chefs have to say about food, life, and love. My Last Supper would make a great Christmas gift for the food lover in your life, too!