A word from the wise

December 24th, 2010

I’ve become a big fan of Anthony Bourdain. And recently, reading the Les Halles Cookbook, (courtesy of the Palo Alto City Library) I caught this bit of wisdom, artfully articulated in typical Bourdain style.

I am deeply suspicious of any cook who is less than enthusiastic as well about sex, music, movies, travel—and LIFE. A few years back, dining with friends at one of the “best” restaurants in the country, we sat back, after many courses of lovely but sterile, artfully arranged plates of food, curiously unsatisfied. I wondered aloud what was wrong. One of my companions suggested that the chef “cooked like someone who’s never been properly fucked in his life.”

Now, why did that statement make such a big impression on me?

Because I didn’t realized there’s so much in common between cooking and playing guitar.

2 Responses to “A word from the wise”

  1. goldflower86 Says:

    my boyfriend is a cook, and he said that every cook who cook the same food following the same recipes, but the taste will vary, i think because of the hand that stir the food. :)

  2. Philip Hii Says:

    The hand that stirs the food — very true. It’s more than just following instructions. One has to put one’s personal stamp on the product. Thanks for the comment.

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