November 3, 2010 § Leave a comment
Last weekend I went with a friend to the city to hear Diana Kennedy speak at Omnivore Books on Food about her new book Oaxaca al Gusto. I’ve long been a fan of her books and Oaxaca was a city I had the good fortune to visit a few years ago during the Dia de Los Muertos ( you can see some of the cool altars here).
Ms. Kennedy was great – slightly cantankerous, slightly cynical and very funny. I’m glad we had the chance to go and see her as this may be one of her last books. Seeing her did also get me thinking about the new trajectories that chefs today can take. 53 years ago when Diana moved to Mexico there was no Food Network or Blogs. Would Diana have been a household name today? Would Rachel Ray have become famous if all she was known for was her cookbooks? I’ll leave that one to you.
After, we went to Bar Tartine for dinner and had a fantastic meal, greatly aided in the choices by our waitress. The burger I ate there may have been the best I have eaten in a very long time. Fortunately for me, my friend is also a close friend of the owners, Liz Prueitt and Chad Robertson. They came in for dinner and when we first saw them Liz was engaged in conversation with Ruth Reichl and Nancy Silverton.
Five incredible chefs in one evening, one food star weekend.