Heady Headley: Del Posto’s Brooks Sells a Book

Headley at work.
Headley at work. Photo: Vice/YouTube

Brooks Headley, who took over the Del Posto pastry department in 2008 and immediately launched a baroque, cerebral, and delicious dessert menu where vegetables have lead roles (fennel panna cotta, eggplant studded with dark chocolate), has sold his first book, Publishers Marketplace (subscription required) reports. Headley, who has a punk-rock past with the band Born Against, will reportedly synthesize his hardcore roots here with an “Italian nonna-like approach to fine dining” with the cookbook.

Accordingly, the book will feature short essays from the likes of Nation of Ulysses icon Ian Svenonious and O.G. punk/food blogger Steve Albini, but also Momofuku Milk Bar’s Christina Tosi and committed badass Gabrielle Hamilton, and then some. Here’s the full description for Occupation: Pastry Chef.

Executive pastry chef at Del Posto, NYC’s only four-star Italian restaurant, Brooks Headley’s OCCUPATION: PASTRY CHEF, a recipe book introducing an Italian nonna-like approach to fine dining and documenting the author’s unlikely rise from internationally known punk rock drummer to four-star dessert-maker, highlighting unorthodox techniques that celebrate, among other things, acids and vegetable sugars and featuring knowledgeable, humorous, and irreverent essays from punk icons Steve Albini and Ian Svenonious and contributions from award-winning chefs Gabrielle Hamilton, David Kinch, Barbara Lynch, Christina Tosi, Andrea Reusing, and more, to Jill Bialosky at Norton, by Kimberly Witherspoon and Allison Hunter at Inkwell Management.

It’s unclear whether the book will come with a 7” single, but really, it should.

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Heady Headley: Del Posto’s Brooks Sells a Book