Refrigerators are just one of the reasons Todd turned his eye to kitchens and their inhabitants. The other is pure Selby: a chance to meet total obsessives in the very places in which they realize their crazy and yummy aspirations. – Sally Singer
If your a foodie, what better way then to indulge in Todd Selby’s book Edible Selby, where he takes you on a tour around the world meeting ‘agriculturalists and artisans, butchers and briners, cleavers and cookie monsters.’ Todd Selby is an interiors, fashion and portrait photographer, and painter. He has been featured in British Vogue, Nylon and New York Magazine and his “Edible Selby” column is a regular feature in T: New York Times Style Magazine.
His obsession for food and photography, combined with his love for travel and eagerness to learn the secrets behind some of the world’s most imaginative cooks, artisans and foragers, has made this book an exciting take on the food world. Selby takes you on a journey, learning molecular gastronomy techniques from Chef Rasmus Kofoed at Geranium, where his philosophy about the food at Geranium is heart + nature + brain + hand. In San Francisco, California you’re taken into Angel Garro’s extraordinarily large kitchen that includes a metal forge, his stainless-steel drum barbecue pit and an open space where a large fig tree grows. In Copenhagen, Denmark Selby experiences fine dining at Noma where the chef serves and describes each dish directly to you. In Melbourne, Australia Selby takes you to Captains of Industry, a quaint barber/café concept where you can get custom made kangaroo shoes, made-to-measure suits and a decent haircut all while ordering from their Café menu that consists of their own ginger beer, slow cooked pork and locally roasted coffee. He also shared his experience of his fishing excursions with Kirk Lomard who started up Sea Forager, where he taught Selby to fish out of storm drains, catch surf smelt on the beaches of San Fran and catch a monkey-faced eel.
To rooftop gardens and bean-to-bar chocolate makers in Brooklyn, New York, punk-rock Izakaya (a Japanese bar with food) and Neapolitan Pizzeria in Tokyo, Japan to neighborhood greengrocers in California and a taco shack on the corner of the Rockaways in Queens, where they are serving tacos to the surfers of Rockaway Beach. Selby takes the reader visually around the globe, photographing everything he did and saw. At the end of each synopsis of the restaurant, artisan or forager he includes a hand written interview, recipes and illustration by each of these remarkable people.
When I dipped it in sauce, the creature woke up and started biting seized with a fight-or-flight response, I popped it into my mouth and swallowed.