Culina Mundi (World Cooking) contains an impressive number of appetizers, soups, main dishes, desserts and pastries--more than 500 in all. There are more than 4,000 color photographs which illustrate detailed step-by-step instructions as well as the tastefully presented finished dishes, and an extensive glossary of culinary terms. With contributions from sixty renowned chefs, Culina Mundi presents many well-known cuisines, such as those from France and Italy, Thailand and Japan, and some that may be less familiar, such as those of Brazil and Cameroon, as well as revealing hidden culinary treasures from both the Old World and the New World. Great names of the gastronomic world reveal the origins of recipes and their names, share interesting details about the ingredients, clearly show the connection between agricultural produce and culinary tradition and deliver the secrets of some culinary tricks. A portrait gallery at the end of the book puts faces to the names of the authors of the recipes presented.