Monk: Light and Shadow on the Philosopher’s Path
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An evocative and personal chef monograph - and an ode to wood-fired cooking - from Yoshihiro Imai, Japan’s exciting emerging chef, and his cult restaurant, monk.
Yoshihiro Imai is the chef of monk, a fourteen-seat, omakase-style menu restaurant set on the Philosopher’s Path in Kyoto, which he opened in 2015. He developed his skills while working at enboca, a pizzeria with three locations in Japan, leaving as head chef in 2013. He is deeply inspired by Japanese culture as well as time spent at several well-known restaurants around the world, which inform his celebrated, exquisite, and highly seasonal cooking.
We first became familiar with the inspiring work of Chef Imai on Suzy Chase’s Cookery by the Book interview (listen here) with him which absolutely blew us away. A captivating insight into his philosophy and how he sought out monk’s location as well as his deep reverence for nature and how it informs his work. You can learn more about it in our journal story here.
Dimensions: 10.6" x 8.1" x 1" // 240 pages