The first cookbook from one of the world's most groundbreaking chefs and a pioneering restaurant on the Lower East Side-the story of Wylie Dufresne's wd~50 and the dishes that made it famous
When it opened in 2003, wd~50 was New York's most innovative, cutting-edge restaurant. Mastermind Wylie Dufresne ushered in a new generation of experimental and free-spirited chefs, and introduced a wildly unique approach to cooking, influenced by science, art, and the humblest of classic foods like bagels and lox, and American cheese.
A cookbook that doubles as a time capsule, wd~50 is a glimpse into a particular moment in New York City food culture, embodied by a restaurant so distinct it inspired New York Times critic Pete Wells to compare its closing in 2014 to that of the notorious music venue CBGB, "with way nicer bathrooms." With gorgeous photography, detailed recipes explaining Wylie's iconic creations, and stories from the last days of the restaurant, wd~50 is a collectible piece of culinary memorabilia. Fans of Wylie, food lovers, and industry insiders who have been waiting for a chance to relive the excitement and artistry of wd~50 can finally do just that.
Wylie Dufresne was the chef at the celebrated 71 Clinton Fresh Food, and then at the groundbreaking restaurant, wd~50, where he earned countless accolades including a Michelin star and a James Beard Award for Best Chef: New York. He was recently inducted into the James Beard Foundation's list of "Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America." Dufresne has appeared on multiple Bravo and Food Network series and has been parodied on both Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons. Peter Meehan cofounded and edited Lucky Peach, an award-winning food magazine that lived until it was six. He has cowritten books with chefs, and has written about eating things in books, magazines, and newspapers, including the New York Times.