Signature Dishes That Matter (Hardcover)

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Signature Dishes That Matter By Mitchell Davis (Introduction by), Christine Muhlke (Contributions by), Richard Vines (Contributions by), Susan Jung (Contributions by), Andrea Petrini (Contributions by), Howie Kahn (Contributions by), Pat Nourse (Contributions by), Diego Salazar (Contributions by) Cover Image
By Mitchell Davis (Introduction by), Christine Muhlke (Contributions by), Richard Vines (Contributions by), Susan Jung (Contributions by), Andrea Petrini (Contributions by), Howie Kahn (Contributions by), Pat Nourse (Contributions by), Diego Salazar (Contributions by)
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Staff Reviews

Do you love food?  Like, you have a live to eat attitude? Then this book is for you. It’s not so much of a cookbook as a celebration of famous and significant dishes from restaurants around the world. It is a beautiful collection of food writing and art. It’s more of a food inspiration book than an actual recipe book, never the less I would highly recommend it for any food lover.


— From Magnetic May Staff Picks


A global celebration of the iconic restaurant dishes that defined the course of culinary history over the past 300 years

Today's food-lovers often travel the globe to enjoy the food of acclaimed chefs. Yet the tradition of seeking out unforgettable dining experiences goes back centuries, and this gorgeous book reveals the closely held secrets behind the world's most iconic recipes - dishes that put restaurants on the map, from 19thcentury fine dining and popular classics, to today's most innovative kitchens, both high-end and casual. Curated by experts and organized chronologically, it's both a landmark cookbook and a fascinating cultural history of dining out.

The narrative texts are by Christine Muhlke, the foreword by Mitchell Davis, and illustrations by Adriano Rampazzo

About the Author

Curated by an award-winning international team, including: Susan Jung, senior food and wine editor of the South China Morning Post; Howie Kahn, writer and contributing editor for WSJ magazine; Christine Muhlke, writer and editor-at-large at Bon Appétit; Pat Nourse, culinary writer and critic; Andrea Petrini, writer, critic, and culinary creative; Diego Salazar, journalist and editor; and Richard Vines, chief food critic at Bloomberg.

Praise For…


"A definitive canon of cuisine."—Mitchell Davis

"It's a fascinating, easy read about the origins of dishes that have become part of the culinary vernacular... It's a celebration of dishes that define cultures, eras and peoples."—The Globe & Mail

"Traces the surprising histories of famous dishes."—Atlas Obscura

"Engrossing and cheerfully illustrated... Curated by culinary heavy hitters."—Galerie Magazine

"In this essential lesson in culinary history... Devotees of food history will want to order a copy of this one post-haste."—Vogue Online

"A lavish selection of stories."—The Sunday Times

"A handsome, heavyweight volume with marbled endpapers and gilt lettering, Signature Dishes That Matter falls somewhere between a cookbook and an encyclopaedia... Illustrated in understated watercolour - a quaint analogue antidote to the proliferation of #foodporn on social media."—The Telegraph

"The fascinating compendium of dishes through the ages focuses on food actually deserving of that overused word "iconic"."—The Sunday Times (Ireland)

"The gastronomic equivalent of an author finding their voice, a signature dish can often be, according to writer Mr Mitchell Davis, shorthand for a chef's particular style... Spanning different eras, geographies and genres, it paints an effective portrait of food culture through the ages."—Mr Porter

"Who's to blame for Hawaiian pizza? Find out in this new tome."—Metropolitan

"A history of gastronomy, told through the most iconic restaurant dishes from the past three centuries... It is both a landmark cookbook and a fascinating cultural history of dining out."—Yes Chef magazine

"Part recipe book, part travel guide and part encyclopaedia of gastronomy."—Countryside La Vie

"Part cookbook, part travel guide, part historical record this fascinating book charts the most iconic dishes from the past three centuries... Each dish is printed alongside a hand-drawn illustration, making it a stylish coffee table book, too."—BBC Good Food

"Full of nuggets of trivia."—Stylist

"A truly gorgeous book to own and to give to that friend or relative who dines out like a collector... Illustrated clearly but gently in colour by the artist Adriano Rampazzo... Entries rooted in simple, rustic combinations [are] brilliant ideas that have influenced generations in both home and professional kitchens."—Spectator

"Part recipe book, part travel guide and part encyclopaedia, this hefty tome attempts to identify the 200 key dishes that have shaped modern gastronomy. We start with the arrival of ice cream for the masses, with the opening of Le Procope café in Paris in 1686, and progress via Auguste Escoffier's peach melba at the Savoy hotel in the 1890s and Heston Blumenthal's snail porridge to end with Tomos Parry's whole grilled turbot at Brat in London. The ultimate foodie's I-Spy book."—Tony Turnbull, The Times

Product Details
ISBN: 9780714879321
ISBN-10: 0714879320
Publisher: Phaidon Press
Publication Date: November 6th, 2019
Pages: 448
Language: English