Schlesinger Library had a visit from Carme Ruscalleda, owner/founder/chef of the eponymous restaurant Sant Pau in Sant Pol de Mar, Catalonia, Spain, and of Sant Pau Tokyo. Ruscalleda and head chef Jérôme Quilbeuf, who are at Harvard to lecture on caramelization in Harvard's Science and Cooking course, came to get acquainted with Schlesinger's rich historical resources on food. Ruscalleda is the only woman chef in the world to have earned 5 Michelin stars: 3 for the original Sant Pau and 2 for her Tokyo restaurant. She presented a signed copy of her book on the history of the restaurant, CR20: 20 Years of the Sant Pau, issued on the occasion of the restaurant's 20th anniversary, to Curator of Books and Printed Materials Marylène Altieri. Three other chef/instructors from the Science and Cooking course have also toured the library and donated their books: Joan Roca (El Celler de Can Roca, Barcelona), Sous-vide cuisine; Ramon Morató, (Aula Chocovic, Gurb, Catalonia) Chocolate; and Carles Tejedor (Via Veneto, Barcelona), Via Veneto.
Tuesday, November 08, 2011