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7 hours ago, JoNorvelleWalker said:

 

Celery.

 

 

A few pages further on is an explanation of the celery's presence.

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All the gentlemen, except Gabriel, ate some of the pudding out of compliment to Aunt Julia. As Gabriel never ate sweets the celery had been left for him. Freddy Malins also took a stalk of celery and ate it with his pudding. He had been told that celery was a capital thing for the blood and he was just then under doctor’s care.

 

 

 

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ON EATING AND DRINKING

 

Then an old man, a keeper of an inn, said, Speak to us of Eating and Drinking. And he said:

 

Would that you could live on the fragrance of the earth, and like an air plant be sustained by the light.

 

But since you must kill to eat, and rob the newly born of its mother’s milk to quench your thirst, let it then be an act of worship.

 

And let your board stand an altar on which the pure and the innocent of forest and plain are sacrificed for that which is purer and still more innocent in man.

 

When you kill a beast say to him in your heart:

 

‘By the same power that slays you, I too am slain; and I too shall be consumed.

 

‘For the law that delivered you into my hand shall deliver me into a mightier hand.

 

‘Your blood and my blood is naught but the sap that feeds the tree of heaven.’ And when you crush an apple with your teeth, say to it in your heart:

 

‘Your seeds shall live in my body,

 

‘And the buds of your tomorrow shall blossom in my heart, ‘And your fragrance shall be my breath,

‘And together we shall rejoice through all the seasons.’

 

And in the autumn, when you gather the grapes of your vineyard for the wine- press, say in your heart:

 

‘I too am a vineyard, and my fruit shall be gathered for the winepress, ‘And like new wine I shall be kept in eternal vessels.’

 

And in winter, when you draw the wine, let there be in your heart a song for each cup;

 

And let there be in the song a remembrance for the autumn days, and for the vine- yard, and for the winepress.

 

from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
 


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"My food tastes better than yours. I use shallots, and you use onions". --Anthony Bourdain

 

I always like the bold truth...

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This isn't  a favorite quote necessarily but one that stayed with me and changed my beliefs a little 

 

From  the book "Yes Chef" by Marcus Samuelson 

 

[from his stage/intern period working at 3 star Michelin French restaurant of Georges Blanc]..."I got caught in the walk-in refrigerator with a chef who decided to go off on his Japanese commis. The chef was a few years younger than the commis, and the commis, like most of the Japanese who came to work for Blanc, was an excellent worker, meticulous and fast. The chef was just a cocky guy showing that he was boss. He had not only called him a fucking idiot and an amateur, he had upended the commis’s mise en place, creating a holy mess inside the refrigerator. And when his screaming wasn’t enough to fully express his rage, he punched the guy in the stomach. Right in front of me.

 

The commis didn’t say a word. He’d flexed his stomach in anticipation, practically breaking the chef’s hand. The commis was going to be fine, but I remember watching this and thinking, OK, I’ve gotten all the training I need here. Time to go....This was the dark side of the French tradition. All of the chefs had come up through that same brutal system" 

 

 

I've always imagined these French Michelin guys as full of refinement and culture and a little effeminate...but it was surprising when I read it 


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31 minutes ago, eugenep said:

This isn't  a favorite quote necessarily but one that stayed with me and changed my beliefs a little 

 

From  the book "Yes Chef" by Marcus Samuelson 

 

[from his stage/intern period working at 3 star Michelin French restaurant of Georges Blanc]..."I got caught in the walk-in refrigerator with a chef who decided to go off on his Japanese commis. The chef was a few years younger than the commis, and the commis, like most of the Japanese who came to work for Blanc, was an excellent worker, meticulous and fast. The chef was just a cocky guy showing that he was boss. He had not only called him a fucking idiot and an amateur, he had upended the commis’s mise en place, creating a holy mess inside the refrigerator. And when his screaming wasn’t enough to fully express his rage, he punched the guy in the stomach. Right in front of me.

 

The commis didn’t say a word. He’d flexed his stomach in anticipation, practically breaking the chef’s hand. The commis was going to be fine, but I remember watching this and thinking, OK, I’ve gotten all the training I need here. Time to go....This was the dark side of the French tradition. All of the chefs had come up through that same brutal system" 

 

 

I've always imagined these French Michelin guys as full of refinement and culture and a little effeminate...but it was surprising when I read it 

 

 

Words fail me.

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