Wednesday, November 26, 2008

"There's a battle between what the cook thinks is high art and what the customer just wants to eat."

"You know, when you get your first asparagus, or your first acorn squash, or your first really good tomato of the season, those are the moments that define the cook's year. I get more excited by that than anything else. "

“I travel around and instead of my showing someone how to cook, I walk in with a completely hands-off approach, and they show me their dishes.”

Mario Batali, his bright orange crocs stand out from out far and you cannot miss him on the streets of New York. A great chef and a man with great words of gastronomy and life. Thinking about food and the Thanksgiving holiday ahead, I felt it only appropriate to hear a few words from Chef Batali. For to experience and ability to continue to learn the riches of our wonderful food and growth is something I am very grateful for- what an amazing opportunity cherished each day.

"As they say in Italy, Italians were eating with a knife and fork when the French were still eating each other. The Medici family had to bring their Tuscan cooks up there so they could make something edible. "

“The objective... is to achieve a comfort level between the cook/artist/performer and the customer/viewer/diner. And if we can achieve that, and the customers are happy and the cooks are happy, then we have a great experience.”

“There are all kinds of myths going on in the Italian culture, and the way they celebrate is through their food. It's the tradition of the table where the Italians celebrate most of their triumphs and successes.”

“Once you become an elaborate and well-developed culture, anything from Rome or the Etruscans, for that matter, the food starts to become a representation of what the culture is. When the food can transcend being just fuel, that's when you start to see these different permutations.”

To eat the boiled head of a pig sliced like salami is very strange. It may seem cutting edge, but it's actually a lot older than any of the other traditional salami. "

We would load up the yellow Cutlass Supreme station wagon and pick blackberries during blackberry season or spring onions during spring onion season. For us, food was part of the fabric of our day. "

Monday, November 10, 2008

“The pink sheep of the family”

“If you ask any lady they want to be taller, they want to be slimmer, you know, and they want a waist. I'm not here to make people look like a sack of potatoes.”

With his newly announced participation in the International line at Target, I cannot help but also indulge in some words from the man as well- Alexander McQueen. His designs are fantastic and heavenly- simply gorgeous and I am quite anxious so see what he is creating next.

“I kind of like it the way it is right now, ... I believe in that one-on-one sell. I don't really believe in flooding the market with loads of goods that don't mean much, and (you) lose your identity.”

Friday, November 07, 2008

"The discovery of a new dish confers more happiness on humanity, than the discovery of a new star."

"The destiny of nations depends on the manner in which they are fed."

Some more luxurious quotes from Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin.

"Those persons who suffer from indigestion, or who become drunk, are utterly ignorant of the true principles of eating and drinking."

To say that we should not change our drinks is a heresy; the tongue becomes saturated, and after the third glass yields but an obtuse sensation."

"Gourmandise is an act of our judgment, in obedience to which, we grant a preference to things which are agreeable, over those which nave not that quality."

The centuries last passed have also given the taste important extension; the discovery of sugar, and its different preparations, of alcoholic liquors, of wine, ices, vanilla, tea and coffee, have given us flavors hitherto unknown. "

"The number of flavors is infinite, for every soluble body has a peculiar flavor, like none other. "

When I need a word and do not find it in French, I select it from other tongues, and the reader has either to understand or translate me. Such is my fate. "

Monday, November 03, 2008

“A woman's perfume tells more about her than her handwriting.”

“It is unforgiveable to do what one doesn’t love especially if one succeeds.”

Christian Dior, a designer I greatly admire and hold much respect to. With his designs he says more than necessary and with great appreciation. When words of fashion and genius are spoken, be certain Christian Dior's name will be mentioned time and time again.

“Zest is the secret of all beauty. There is no beauty that is attractive without zest.”

“Women will be good for you and bring about your success,”

“My dream is to save women from nature”

“I think that we have to be aware that people are allowed to make mistakes in their life,”

“Women are most fascinating between the ages of 35 and 40 after they have won a few races and know how to pace themselves. Since few women ever pass 40, maximum fascination can continue indefinitely.”

Sunday, November 02, 2008

"Fashion is very important. It is life-enhancing and, like everything that gives pleasure, it is worth doing well. "

"I am attracted to people who make this effort in knowing what suits them - they are individual and stylish. "

Some words from designer Vivienne Westwood to reflect upon and get the thinking active.

"Feminists wish women to seem like men. They're not men. "

"I think feminists are unaware of the tremendous extent of the role of women in history. "

"I think it's important to vote."

"I think dress, hairstyle and make-up are the crucial factors in projecting an attractive persona and give one the chance to enhance one's best physical features. "

"I was still interested in the youth rebellion but never-the-less I stopped being a victim. Stopped trying to attack the establishment realizing that it takes too much of your energy. "