Earlier this year, the director James Ivory of Merchant Ivory Productions paid touching tribute in the Times to his late partner-producer of 40 years, Ismail Merchant. Recalling this, I am moved to write about my own experience with the man.
"The key to cooking is your attitude. You must have complete confidence that whatever you do will be wonderful." That was one of the bits of advice that my late friend, Ismail Merchant, passed on to me in 1990.