My mother, although multi-talented, had an aversion to the kitchen and has often said that I learned to cook at an early age “out of self-defense.” When she made chicken à l'orange by smearing a chicken with powdered Tang, I quickly developed a necessary passion for creating tasty things to eat. Somewhere in the family photograph album is a picture of me at the stove, age ten, and happily stirring marinara sauce.
I developed a lifelong fascination with food; good food. There was even a foray of working as a chef’s assistant at a French restaurant during my mid twenties, just for fun. I had always loved watching Julia Child and knew that Mastering the Art of French Cooking was to be admired. It wasn’t until I read her biography, My Life in France, (long before the Julie & Julia movie) did I really become fascinated with her work. From that book, I decided to prepare her recipe for mayonnaise.
Upon tasting it, I wept. . . .