My adventures recreating Alinea Restaurant’s food at home

About Alineaphile

About Alineaphile

Alinea cookbook at 1 yearWhen I pre-ordered Grant Achatz’s Alinea Restaurant cookbook early in 2008, I knew it was gonna be good.

Spending years working in restaurants during college, I was taught to cook as so many had before — traditionally. But when my copy arrived in October, I had to reassess my assumptions about food. It’s more than good, it’s a revelation into a whole new way of thinking about food, its preparation and cooking. So now what am I to do?

I’ll tell you. I decided on the day I first looked through it, that I was going to cook through it. Every recipe. Think I can do it?

My kids say I have to let them in on this, so it looks like I’m not doing this alone. This blog is a record of our (mis)adventures in recreating the food from the Alinea cookbook. Hopefully you will find it interesting or helpful if you get the bug yourself. I am not a professional chef, nor am I here to brag, boast, or compete with anyone else who may have the same ideas. But, I suppose, you could call me an “Alineaphile.” In fact, I encourage everyone to try thinking about food in new ways. And try some of these dishes with us. I think it’ll be a blast!

Each recipe will be recreated as closely to its original presentation. We’ll use fresh, local ingredients whenever possible, and use the equipment and techniques suggested in the text. There will also be resources for finding those oh-so-exotic or hard-to-find components peppered throughout the book. I’m searching out the equipment and serveware we’ll need too. Another goal is to publish prep times, costs and yields for each recipe, so you can see what we’re really in for.

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Martin S. Lindsay

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11 Responses to About Alineaphile

  1. Candice says:

    Baby’s first blog! Just let me know when you need a taste-tester.

  2. Chicken Fried Gourmet says:

    I love it and look forward to your adventures

  3. Mel says:

    I found your blog tonight through ‘Cooking the Books’, I just started my own journey through a book too – though not as difficult a book I think!

    Am going to commence reading your posts now. 🙂

  4. Hattie says:

    Wow, Martin, you aren’t kidding around here! What a photo of the spoon ‘n stock! I know a kindred foodie spirit when I see one. Now I’m going to click on the Preserved Meyer Lemons.

    Beautiful layout, images, and text.

  5. NV says:

    I love reading about all you are doing. I have the Alinea book as well and have been enjoying recreating recipes as well. I am trying to come up with a list of all the ingredients used in the book, any help?

  6. Nathan says:


    Hey Im a chef born and raised in sd (live in vegas now) and I saw a link on alinea mosaic over a year ago to your site and I was blown away. I think what you doing is great and would love to cook with you next time Im in sd. Anyways Just curious if you know what is going on with the mosaic web site. its been down for quite some time. Hope you can help and keep on doin what your doin. Its Great!


  7. Martin Lindsay says:

    I dunno about the Mosaic site, looks like some serious database problems. Or maybe they got bored with it? Too bad. It’s linked all over the place. Including in their cookbook!

    Sounds fun. Lemme know when you’re in SD!

  8. Ken says:

    Hi Martin,
    Came across your site searching for Alinea recipes. Great site. I would like to try some of the recipes, but Im unable to open the links from your website. Thanks

    • Martin says:

      Good call Ken!

      Yes, there are some broken links. I migrated the blog from Serendipty to WordPress, and am in the middle of updating the hundreds of cross-references and links! Should be all better in a few days. Thanks, and enjoy!

  9. Rico K. says:

    Love the photos, love the blog/website, love what you are doing! You ROCK.

  10. Wladimir Dias says:

    Good day Martin,

    First congratulations for their dedication modernist art!


    Wladimir Dias

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