I have been inspired. The moment I entered your restaurant all my senses were tickled with joy: seeing the fresh plums that would become my dessert, hearing the gentle clatter of chefs in the kitchen, smelling the delicious aroma of each entree as it passed my table, and finally tasting every succulent bite. Until now, I have never tasted food that actually brought tears to my eyes. I like to think it’s more than just food that triggered such a response. It’s the positive impact you’ve had on American cooking. It’s the importance of supporting our local farms. It’s the reminder to slow down and savor.
The current entertainment buzz is all about a new movie entitled Julie and Julia. It’s a romantic and admirable story. A down-on-her-luck secretary cooks her way through Julia Child’s cookbook and blogs about it, inspiring a movie recounting the whole experience. I’m looking forward to seeing it this weekend. Having just finished Julia Child’s My Life in France, cooking and eating are at the forefront of my interests.
While dining at Chez Panisse earlier this week I had an idea. I will cook my way through your book, The Art of Simple Food, and blog about it. As Julie is to Julia, so Amber will be to Alice. I’ve no intention of writing a book. I’m not looking for a movie deal. I don’t even want to be a “food personality.” All I want from this experience is to get back to basics. I want to remind myself of the joy of preparing food that is simple and delicious while eating seasonally and supporting local farming as much as possible. I hope you don’t mind. I’m quite looking forward to it.
The cookbook has been ordered and will arrive next week. Thank you for the inspiration.