Food: Cooking Up Surprises

"Don't play with your food!" Mom said. But the six people TIME has chosen as culinary innovators for the new millennium are just not hearing it. They toy with the very idea of food--how it is prepared, packaged, filigreed, tricked up, dramatized. They know we must not only have our daily bread but also be able to make it novel--or nouvelle. And innovation can encompass cuisines haute and bas. The motto of chef Ferran Adria is a simple but lofty "creation means not copying others." And that means bone marrow crowned with caviar as well as tagliatelle made of strips of...

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