James Beard: America’s First Foodie.

James Beard: America’s First Foodie.

“I may have brought French cooking to America, but Jim brought American cooking to America.” Julia Child I was about 30 when I came out as a foodie. It was when I decided that I might want to spend part of my Sunday afternoons looking through a glass door of an oven...
Once a king.

Once a king.

I am an old guy. Older than about 95% of the world’s population. Which means I have had a greater opportunity to make mistakes in my life, have failures in my career, and perhaps have a few regrets about what I might have done or not done about them. There’s a movie...
Whatever happened to Jeremiah Tower?

Whatever happened to Jeremiah Tower?

I moved to San Francisco in 1998 and…forget Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge…there were two places I wanted to, not just go to, but experience: Chez Panisse and Stars. They were both restaurants and they had something very much in...
Twice upon a time in Mexico.

Twice upon a time in Mexico.

“El, you really must try this because it’s puerco pibil. It’s a slow-roasted pork, nothing fancy. It just happens to be my favorite, and I order it with a tequila and lime in every dive I go to in this country. And honestly, that is the best it’s...

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