Eating at Hotel Il Pellicano
Juergen Teller, Antonio Guida, Will Self
Violette Editions (September 2013)
'If Thoreau could have stayed at one of the cottages in the grounds of Il Pellicano, the one at Walden would have remained without a tenant forever.'
– Will Self
'Bravissimo, Antonio Guida, mille complimenti!' – Nadia and Antonio Santini
'My favorite hotel in Italia is Il Pellicano. My favorite place to eat is anywhere Antonio Guida cooks, even when he is travelling. My favorite day is to swim in the Mediterranean in front of Il Pellicano, have lunch at the pool grill, then take a nap, play golf and have dinner at the 2* Michelin restau and to let Antonio choose for me. When I am not at Il Pellicano, I dream of it when I sleep. As I write these words, I am counting the days until I may return to Il Pellicano.'
– Mario Batali
'For two years Antonio Guida worked with us at Rue Balzac in Paris, where we witnessed his discretion, gentleness and persistence about doing things right. Antonio is now recognized as one of the best chefs in Italy and has developed his personal story by integrating the local cuisine with what he has seen abroad, all without compromising his Italian culture. This book will captivate you, for this man will not deceive. With his recipes, he will not only make you dream, but also transmit his knowledge and relish of his beloved Italy.'
– Pierre Gagnaire
Juergen Teller photographs extravagantly elegant food from the celebrated
Hotel Il Pellicano in Tuscany. Known for subverting the conventions of fashion
and photography, Teller here turns his eye to the complexity and originality of
two-Michelin-starred food created by chef Antonio Guida. Eleven menus of five ambitiously inspirational courses encapsulate the unique, offhanded chic of the Hotel Il Pellicano, in Teller's second photographic collaboration with this exclusive Italian retreat.
One of the hippest and most beautiful destinations in the world, the Hotel
Il Pellicano is a hangout for the design, fashion and art worlds. In 2011 an eponymous book – with photography by John Swope, Slim Aarons and Juergen Teller and an introduction by Bob Colacello – chronicled the glamour of this modern-day dolce vita, from the days when Emilio Pucci, Douglas Fairbanks Jr,
Britt Ekland and Susanna Agnelli could be found relaxing by the pool to the carefree spirit preserved today. Edited and produced by Violette Editions and published by Rizzoli, this first book reprinted within a year.
Eating at Hotel Il Pellicano, published by Violette Editions, is a photography book whose subject is food, style and place. Each menu is named after one of today's illustrious visitors – Missoni, Borghese – conjuring delicious fantasies of Italian holidays in days of endless sunshine. Writer Will Self sets the scene in a preface despatched from his suite.
Juergen Teller is one of the most celebrated photographers at work today. Author of numerous publications of his work, Teller has photographed Marc Jacobs and Vivienne Westwood advertising campaigns for the last decade. In 2013, a major solo show of his work was held at the ICA in London. Teller also contributed specially commissioned photographs to the first book on Hotel Il Pellicano, featuring additional photography by John Swope and Slim Aarons, produced by Violette Editions in 2011 and reprinted in 2012.
Chef Antonio Guida, from the Puglia region of Italy, holds two Michelin stars at the Hotel Il Pellicano's restaurant. Admired by chefs around the world, Guida's often surreal ideas for dishes always remain true to the freshest local ingredients, grown or sourced at Il Pellicano and the Argentario peninsula of Tuscany.
Will Self is one of the best known literary figures in Britain. Self is the author of seven novels, six collections of stories and five collections of non-fiction. His most recent novel, Umbrella, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He writes the Madness of Crowds column for the New Statesman as well as the Real Meals column. He has also been a food writer for The Observer.