Anyone who’s watched some episodes of Jimmy Fallon’s show will be familiar with Questlove, drummer and band leader of the Roots, and chances are you may have seen one of his food-related segments. In this book, Questlove has conversations with ten chefs about food, geography, music, and plenty of other topics. The photographs are beautiful – many feel like fine modern art museum pieces – and feature much more than just food. The book concludes with a modernist cuisine meal, including Questlove’s thoughts and descriptions as well as photos of the 13 dishes. Even the way this book is designed and bound feels like an art book more than a food book – it’s beautifully curated and feels good in one’s hands. The thing that gets me, though, is that all but one of these chefs are white men. I feel like someone with Questlove’s wherewithal ought to be able to do better than that.
full disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Blogging for Books