Pastry Chef, Consultant, Writer, Creative Director at ICE, NYC
This book was an instant favorite of mine, well before I had any idea that Ripert would one day be my boss! Its premise is unique and compelling: a busy chefs inward journey back to the pure act of cooking, the story seen through the eyes not only of the chef himself, but also a writer, a painter and the photographers invited along for the ride. And that ride took the group to disparate locales- the Napa Valley, Long Island, Vermont, and Puerto Rico- to cook what was available and what they wanted to eat. The brief narratives and recipes provide insight into how personal experience, technique, seasonality, and sense of place all inform the choices made by the cook.
Wonderful book with Michael Rulhman that explored inspiration and motivation in cooking; beautiful illustrations and recipes to boot.