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21) The Point of It All Is Gastronomic Reflection

Listen up: "Decontextualization, irony, spectacle, and performance . . . should respond to a gastronomic reflection," the El Bulli team explains. The "spice plate" showcases a bowl of apple gelatin, with 12 spices positioned around the plate in the fashion of a clock. Less like a dish and more like an exercise in taste, the spice plate forces diners to stop and reflect on what they are eating and attempt to detect which spices they are consuming.

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