This title will be released September 1, 2018. Pre-order Available.
Half design journal and half cookbook, An Architect’s Cookbook: A Culinary Journey Through Design peeks behind the curtain into the process of creating magical culinary experiences both inside and outside the kitchen.In his first book, New York-based architect and designer Glen Coben brings us on a journey throughout New York City and beyond, delving into his architectural process and collaboration with some of the world’s greatest chefs,including Mario Batali, Mary Dumont, Alex Stupak, Gabriel Kreuther, and more. Each chef provides a recipe to match.Whether the reader is a design enthusiast, foodie, or a little bit of both,An Architect’s Cookbook: A Culinary Journey Through Design gives a fascinating glimpse inside the mind of an architect and the journey from concepting the design, to creating the space, and finally,to cooking and eating. Let the journey begin!
This book represents the first 16 years of Glen Coben’s design agency. Coben has had the distinct pleasure of working with some of the greatest chefs of this present time―having had a front-row seat to witness the growth of “farm-to-table” cuisine, “molecular gastronomy,” the burger craze, the Neapolitan pizza craze, the kale-ification of our consciousness, the paleo diet, the juice cleanse, and the rapid rise of food bloggers, social media, the “foodie,” and the deification of chefs into rock stars. What has remained consistent is that the challenge of opening a restaurant has not become any easier. Whether the restaurant is a burger restaurant, a dive bar and taqueria, or a four-star grand Italian destination, the stakes are always high for each restaurateur or chef. They have investors, budgets, schedules and the desire to deliver their own vision of service and cuisine. Each design project is a journey to discover the soul of each project―to tell its story in an appropriate tone of voice that compliments each chef’s vision. Coben’s journey has taken him literally and metaphorically to Mexico, Strasbourg, Paris, Texas, California, the Islands, the Bronx, Queens, London, and all over Italy.
About the Author: In April 2000, Glen Coben opened his architecture and design firm, Glen & Company in order to provide customized designs that realize a client’s vision while also engaging their customers. With the market trend towards collaborative design that enhances guest experience while reinforcing a brand’s core values,Glen & Company has successfully demonstrated that brands can seamlessly integrate into the lives of their customers, heightening the hospitality experience.Glen & Company’s projects span continents and include the design of many hotels, restaurants, retail stores, and residential projects, many of which have been featured in Hospitality Design,Metropolis, Interior Design, and Architectural Digest and have been cited in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
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