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The Polenta is a Lie

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“I had no idea what we were in for. Honestly, none of us did. When the dishes started to come I was disoriented, surprised, amazed…blown away and to my dismay, blind to what was happening … A small bowl arrived: Ah, polenta with olive oil, I thought. See, this food isn’t that out there. But as soon as the spoon entered my mouth an explosion of yellow corn flavor burst, and then all the texture associated with polenta vanished. I calmly laid my spoon down on the edge of the bowl after one bite — astonished. What the hell is going on back there, I thought. I know cooking, but this is the stuff of magic.” – Grant Achatz, on his first dinner at El Bulli, in the company of Paul Kahan and others, as excerpted from his upcoming memoir Life On the Line. [Diner’s Journal]

The Polenta is a Lie