Eleven Madison Park at Home

A page from the Eleven Madison Park Cookbook

We’ve seen so many great cookbooks come out in 2011, books for every palate and skill level. In the weeks leading up to the holidays, we wanted to share a few of our favorite selections that would also make great gifts. From cocktails to carnitas, from sauté to sous-vide, the books range from gorgeous coffee table additions to workhorses that will never leave your kitchen.

As our holiday gift to you, our reader, we’re going to be giving away a copy of each book that we feature over the coming weeks. Scroll down to the bottom of the post to see how you can win!

Congratulations to Kat, the winner of our Eleven Madison Park cookbook giveaway!

The cover of the Eleven Madison Park cookbook

Speaking of coffee table additions, one of the most anticipated cookbooks of the year is from Eleven Madison Park, a restaurant that was recently awarded a prestigious three Michelin stars.

Filled with amazing recipes and even more amazing photos, the book, written by Chef Daniel Humm and manager Will Guidara, is as classic and awe-inspiring as the restaurant itself, where we’ve been lucky enough to spend some of our greatest nights.

Despite having a kitchen staff of just the two of us, and an 80-square-foot kitchen, we dedicated ourselves to making a dish from the book.

The book is divided into sections by season, so after looking through the Fall section, we chose to make a Beet Salad with Chèvre Frais and Caraway, with just a few minor substitutions.

Shopping at the Union Square Greenmarket

Channeling our inner Chef Humm, our first task was to head to the Union Square Greenmarket to find the three varieties of beets and fresh goat cheese necessary to complete the dish.

Unable to find Chioggia beets, we had to make do with only red and golden beets. The original recipe also calls for a dill blossom garnish, but we substituted pea shoots.

Golden and red beets

Each recipe in the book consist of multiple components, many of which are complete recipes within themselves. Ours was no exception, calling for salt- and sugar-encrusted beets roasted in a red wine vinegar, caraway tuiles, a rye crumble, beet vinaigrette, and of course, a goat cheese mousse.

Everything seemed simple enough, until we started on the goat cheese mousse. There’s one thing our fairly well-equipped kitchen is lacking: a nitrous oxide canister, for “charging” the mousse. (Think Reddi-Wip.) Still undeterred, we simply whipped our mousse the old-fashioned way.

All of the other components of the dish came together extremely easily by comparison. If you have basic knife skills and a relatively basic knowledge of cooking techniques, you’ll be just fine. Before we knew it, all the components were completed and we were ready to plate.

A beet and goat cheese salad from Eleven Madison Park

We first placed several of our colorful roasted beets (now peeled, sliced and cut into perfect rounds of various sizes) on a plate, followed by the delicate tuiles. Next, we dolloped on the mousse, drizzled the tangy vinaigrette around the beets and sprinkled the crumble. Topped with a few pea shoots, we were plated and ready to go.

On our first bite, we were immediately struck by the strong, earthy flavor of the beets. The golden beets were softer and more tender to the bite than their red counterparts, but both were extremely good. The goat cheese mousse brought more tang and salt to the dish, while the tuile and crumble added a unique textural component.

Beets and Goat Cheese from the Eleven Madison Park Cookbook

Even though our execution might not have been on the same level as Chef Humm and his talented kitchen, we definitely experienced the full range of flavors and textures that he intended to create. Not surprisingly, after falling in love with this dish, we’re even more dedicated to continue cooking from this exciting, gorgeous book.

Want your own copy? Leave a comment telling us: are you brave enough to attempt a recipe from this book, or would you be content to just let it grace your coffee table? Thanks to all who entered!

- Ryan and Laura


  1. Pavitra Duggal
    Nov 14, 2011 @ 10:01:40

    Hi there!

    I absolutely love your blog and this post about Eleven Madison Park made me so inspired to cook something that might seem a bit too difficult at first glance. I haven’t been to the restaurant yet but it is on my wishlist for December this year. My favorite restaurant so far in the same category has been Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare – you both must try it!


  2. Lauren
    Nov 14, 2011 @ 10:22:47

    Hi Laura and Ryan,
    My husband and I would definitely try to make a recipe from the book. We enjoy cooking together and do it often. I peruse your site for ideas and inspiration for our next culinary adventure. I intend to create the Lemon Hazelnut Pie from Laura’s Party Worthy Pies post and bring it to our friends home for Thanksgiving.


  3. Kate (Embarrassment of Riches)
    Nov 14, 2011 @ 10:26:36

    Although it is gorgeous enough to be a stand-alone coffee table book, I would definitely try out some recipes from it (taking certain shortcuts, I’m sure)!

    I haven’t been to EMP since they retooled; I’m eager to go back.

    PS I’m so excited for the Gramercy Tavern cookbook to come out!


  4. Jyoti
    Nov 14, 2011 @ 11:50:20

    I would absolutely try a recipe from this book! During the holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas) my sister and I reunite at our parent’s house and make gourmet recipes together that I then share on my food blog. My sister lives in a college dorm – read = she never gets to cook, and she is a huge foodie.


  5. denise
    Nov 14, 2011 @ 12:35:22

    Wow! great job! It looks just like the picture!


  6. Ashley
    Nov 14, 2011 @ 12:44:09

    Looks beautiful! Just took a look at the book at McNally Jackson yesterday and it’s stunning. Forgot to check: does it have the dessert that was all pastry? I have no idea what it’s called, but the dough is made as a croissant might be, I believe. It was amazing and I would love to recreate it… if possible.


  7. Daniel
    Nov 14, 2011 @ 13:05:55

    This book looks amazing and I would plan on attempting many recipes from it. It would most likely spend more time on my kitchen counter than the coffee table…


  8. Michelle
    Nov 14, 2011 @ 13:38:33

    You won me at Beet salad! Looks amazing, I would love to get my hands on that cookbook!


  9. Vanessa
    Nov 14, 2011 @ 13:59:03

    Wow, looks so delicious! I’ve never been to Eleven Madison Park… There are just too many restaurants in New York to eat my way through them all!

    I don’t have a nitrous oxide canister, but there’s no way I could keep this out of the kitchen. Then I’d display it on the coffee table ;-)


  10. Kat
    Nov 14, 2011 @ 14:23:28

    I would absolutely cook from this book–LOVE this gorgeous beet salad, bookmarking it for immediate consumption! Never been lucky enough to go there myself–maybe someday!

    Thanks for sharing!


  11. Kelcey Rusch
    Nov 14, 2011 @ 14:52:08

    I would absolutely cook from this book! It looks like such a glorious celebration of ingredients, and I am All about that in the kitchen. Of course, keeping it around just for inspiration wouldn’t hurt either..


  12. Debra Dunn
    Nov 14, 2011 @ 16:12:53

    I am a wanna be foodie. I love beets and would love to get my hands on this recipe. Until then… I’m going to take a crack at that Lemon Hazelnut Pie you posted about earlier.


  13. DavidS
    Nov 14, 2011 @ 17:18:52

    Looks wonderful. If the smoked almonds and gougeres are in there, I’m sold.


  14. Lisa Vassios
    Nov 14, 2011 @ 17:27:47

    That is an interesting proposal……but as a culinary lover, I would first proudly display the cookbook in my iron stand in the kitchen after reading every single page. Then I would pick a few favorite recipes that inspire me & try one for my family. My picky eater went off to college & those of us who remain at home are pretty adventurous. I have a passion and no fear of new recipes!


  15. Dawn
    Nov 14, 2011 @ 18:25:10

    I’m a Georgia girl with a HUGE crush on NYC, and I try to visit as often as I can. I’m also a huge foodie and would love to dine at the restaurant on a future visit to the City, as well as enjoy a bit of the City whenever I like via this amazing cookbook!

    I cook by inspiration–and this definitely inspires!


  16. Mike
    Nov 14, 2011 @ 19:56:00

    I would not only attempt a cohesive dish from the book, but also use it as a reference for concepts, techniques, and flavor combinations. I’ve been lucky enough to eat at EMP once. Hope to make it back someday. In the meantime, the cookbook would look great both on the coffee table and in the kitchen.


  17. SethA
    Nov 14, 2011 @ 22:39:05

    I would cook this book so hard Daniel Humm would dropkick me into his kitchen.
    I don’t even know what that means but I read all of my cookbooks like regular books (I love the stories, chefs are incredibly passionate and determined people) and I cook from all of them.

    Cooking is all about doing a lot of little steps but executing them all perfectly.
    Ok ok, maybe I don’t execute them all perfectly but to be honest, everything always comes out delicious and worth it! Sometimes you just gotta Sandra Lee it ya know (I kid I kid).
    I always adapt because cooking requires as such, taste as you go, find that balance!

    I want alot of new cookbooks this fall, Ferran Adria’s, Anita Lo’s, ,Volt Ink, Momofuku Milk Bar’s (I don’t even bake) but this is THE one I want more than all of the rest.
    The compositions alone are worth it, they all look so beautiful and free-flowing/natural.

    I’ve never eaten at Eleven Madison Park, I can’t afford such an experience, nor do I have the equipment required to 100% replicate their recipes but I have the desire, curiosity, motivation, and hunger to do my best.

    In the words of Yoda, do or do not, there is no try!
    Thank you! =)


  18. Brian
    Nov 14, 2011 @ 23:46:34

    Of course I will cook from it. I dont even own a coffee table.


  19. Tom Davis
    Nov 14, 2011 @ 23:49:16

    Hi Laura and Ryan,

    Even though I would be intimidated, I’d try to be brave and attempt a recipe. Surprise the wife…


  20. Deniz
    Nov 15, 2011 @ 00:07:25

    Hi Laura and Ryan,
    I will absolutely cook from this book, most likely, I will try 90% of the dishes. I am a professional cook, and really want this book.By the way, your beet salad looks amazing!
    Thank you!


  21. Rodzilla
    Nov 15, 2011 @ 00:56:38

    I barely feel comfortable entering as I’m such an infrequent commenter, but I think it would be an absolute waste not to at least attempt some of the recipes from this book. Thanks for the very generous giveaway.


  22. Victoria
    Nov 15, 2011 @ 04:48:23

    I would love to attempt that same beet recipe! The photos in the book look gorgeous too… it would certainly serve both purposes!


  23. Marco
    Nov 15, 2011 @ 11:49:45

    This codex of knowledge will not only be used regularly for inspiration, it will travel with me to Culinary school in January. My fellow line cooks talk of how the cook books of Noma, Alinea and French Laundry influenced them, and I cannot help but feel Eleven Madison will be that book for me. The flavor combinations, technique, presentation( I love the bright colors and plating!) are stunning. I would not only make the recipes from this book, I would use it to take my cooking in a new direction. Thank you so much for sharing information on this book!


  24. Anne Maxfield
    Nov 15, 2011 @ 17:18:38

    The book looks amazing and it would be fine just gracing the coffee table (until someone spills something on it). After reading your adventures with the beets, if the book is going to lose it’s um… virginity, it’s going to be in my (equally tiny) kitchen. Can’t wait to dive into it, but I’ve always been a fearless cook!


  25. Tian
    Nov 16, 2011 @ 08:41:37

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    I’m sure I would start off with a dessert recipe.


  26. Jon Troutman
    Nov 16, 2011 @ 11:49:56

    Like with their cuisine, you have to strike a balance: Have the guts to take a chance and try a recipe, but know that the book will serve you just fine sitting on the coffee table most of the time!


  27. Gavin Humes
    Nov 17, 2011 @ 03:46:52

    Hey, just found your site through tastespotting. Loving it so far, and this might be the best! I’d certainly try at least a few of the recipes, though it would look beautiful on the coffee table as well!


  28. Pam
    Nov 19, 2011 @ 08:12:02

    I just discovered your blog thru another blog. Loving your content & photos. And yes I would attempt a recipe or 2. Cooking never scares me. If it doesn’t come out recipe, I just try again & learn.


  29. EM. Halliburton
    Nov 19, 2011 @ 09:12:21

    This would definitely go on my shelf of books I look at more than cook from, but constantly taunt me from their corner…maybe the new year will see me finally delving into the NOMA cookbook too!


  30. Ragnhild
    Nov 19, 2011 @ 14:04:26

    Wow! Looks (and sounds) great. I would probably love to read it, but hopefully I would dare to try some recipes as well.


  31. Liz - Meal Makeover Mom
    Nov 19, 2011 @ 15:40:27

    I just found you through Healthy Aperture. Love your photos and your blog. I ate at Eleven Madison many years ago and would love to win a copy of the book. And yes, I’d cook from it!


  32. Charles
    Nov 19, 2011 @ 17:15:20

    Being midwest transplants ourselves (Kansas) to NYC, the Wif and I enjoy your reading about your experiences of city life. Keep the posts and the great pictures coming.

    We may not have a rotovap or liquid nitrogen in our kitchen, but we would definitely try some recipes from this book.


  33. kim
    Nov 19, 2011 @ 17:19:47

    Yes, it is a gorgeous book well worth the coffee-table real estate; however, the adventurous prospect of testing out a new favorite recipe is far more enticing. My kitchen utensils and pots are clanging in anticipation!


  34. Mylissa
    Nov 19, 2011 @ 17:33:34

    I would not only have it as a coffee table book but let my 5 yr old pick a recipe from it and we’d both cook from it!


  35. Apronless
    Nov 19, 2011 @ 20:49:24

    Oh I’d definitely cook out of it! Such a lovely looking book!


  36. Emily
    Nov 19, 2011 @ 21:40:21

    The cookbook looks a bit intimidating, but I would definitely attempt to make something from it! Love your blog!


  37. Joshua
    Nov 19, 2011 @ 21:49:58

    I would love to attempt and fail miserably at recipes from this cookbook!


  38. JR
    Nov 19, 2011 @ 21:59:30

    I would try the recipes that seem plausible. At the worst, I just love the photos, ridiculously beautiful free flowing compositions and they don’t seem tortured/fixed. One day I will eat there!


  39. Anthony
    Nov 19, 2011 @ 22:01:53

    Yes I would try to cook from this cookbook. Key word being try. Most likely I would end up cooking pieces of recipes and just enjoying them in less intense dishes!


  40. SP
    Nov 19, 2011 @ 22:10:52

    Hm. ………………………………………………………
    …………………………..*looks at beautiful photos* ………………………*sweats profusely while maintaining poker face* ………………………………….

    *reads recipe for Cauliflower Roasted With Grapes, Almonds and Curry* ………………
    *pees pants* …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

    Challenge. Accepted.


  41. Natalie
    Nov 19, 2011 @ 22:17:09

    would definitely be brave enough to try a recipe from this cookbook. i’m always up for a challenge. especially if the challenge will produce something beautiful and delicious.


  42. Jenny
    Nov 20, 2011 @ 11:38:08

    Definitely brave enough to at least try one of the recipes in the book, as complicated as they may be! Putting yourself out on a cooking limb is the best way to learn new techniques, flavor combinations and what-not-to-do’s! Beautiful website :)


  43. hjm
    Nov 20, 2011 @ 13:19:22

    I would give a few recipes a try, though I might wait until I’m home alone just in case it didn’t work out– lol!


  44. david
    Nov 21, 2011 @ 08:26:00

    just discovered your site – love it.

    am salivating at the opportunity to cook from this book!


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