Last week was the International Association of Culinary Professionals conference in San Francisco. IACP is a culinary networking group started over 30 years ago by some of the world's greatest and most famous cooking teachers.
America is facing devastating times. We need to pull together, be decent and help each other. I didn't think about whether the folks waiting in line for gas were republican or democrat. I just donated to the Red Cross and prayed for them all.
The time passed quickly with Stephanie telling me new Julia stories and me reminding her of my favorite moments with Julia. Julia loved having fun and if you were a friend you might have known she played the famous SNL/Dan Aykroyd piece at her own dinner parties.
Summer is meant for fried chicken, first love, long walks, skinny dipping, music in the park, sunburned noses, berry tarts and vanilla ice cream. Here is my recipe for fried chicken, perfected after all day and night in my test kitchen.
Will cookbooks survive? Will paper books totally disappear? Is traditional publishing dead? Cookbooks are all about sales, and they always have been. What has changed is how the author will sell the book.
My Aunt Celestina was pure Italian. She had a big home. All her closets were full. Three of those closets were refrigerators. She never threw a morsel of food away. A man named Mussolini tried to starve her once and she remained scared for the rest of her life.
His secretary started calling me at noon every Monday with, "He'd like a full turkey dinner for dinner tonight. Okay, bye, bye." There were the strings... tied right to my bag of money. He tugged the strings and I roasted the turkeys.
In food styling, like most small businesses, you say, "Yes" no matter what. If the client can think it, we can achieve it. My latest lesson learned in, "I can't make this up" came in the form of a whole pig.