It's time to face the facts: if you want to open a restaurant that is a) not ginormous, b) not in Las Vegas, and c) does not serve donkey sauce, you are not going to ever be a millionaire. Sorry to disappoint.
It's been a bode for female chefs this month, after Acquavit'sEmma Bengtsson landed a second Michelin star for the restaurant. She's only the second female executive chef to have two Michelin stars under her belt (the first being Dominique Crenn in San Francisco). Turns out, Bengtsson almost didn't take the job in the first place. With the wave of her success, it's safe to say now: no more excuses, lady chefs.
Bocuse d'Or 2015 -- aka the Olympics of fancy chefs -- is just around the corner, so buzz away about the big announcement this morning. Grant Achatz of Next and Alinea (maybe you've heard of them?) will preside as the "honorary president" over the panel of judges during the competition.
When I was a young, bookish child, I could spend hours reading over written descriptions about food, different foods, imagining what they might taste like. The fantastical heartiness of Chicken Soup With Rice that inspired me to eat rice from the rice cooker and leftover ginger chicken broth for a week. The precisely rendered recipes in Little House On The Prairie that I failed to recreate. The English simplicity of a picnic in The Secret Garden that made me run to the encyclopedia, curious about clotted cream because it sounded so good. In fact, I’d credit children’s books — and books about food in particular — with sparking my desire to write well, and to eat well.
The following books would not have done that.
With yesterday’s news that a children’s book about Julia Child’s life will be published later this month, I quickly realized: there must be a fair amount of celebrity chefs writing books targeted at the young ‘uns. And the books that they’re writing are kind of frightening, mostly because many of them are endorsed by the Food Network. They’re capturing their market at a young age. Just like the tobacco industry! (Not that we’re comparing the Food Network to the tobacco industry… we’re just, you know, pointing out their savvy marketing tendencies.)