Culinary Sagacity

~Thought for Food~

The Cathayans believed that the soul or mind is located not in the head but in the stomach.

Doubtless this explains why they fret so much about the preparation and serving of food.

It may also explain why their memories are so much better than ours.

Information is stored not in the finite head, but in the expandable stomach.

--Cyrus Spitama in Gore Vidal's Creation

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

James Beard Awards, Semi-Finalists Announced

I'm proud to announce that my life-long best friend, Derek Emerson, Chef/Owner of Walker's Drive-In in Jackson, Mississippi has been named as a semi-finalist by the James Beard Foundation for the category of Best Chef in the South.

In the coming weeks I'll be doing an interview with Derek and will share it with my Sagacious readers. I hope that in the interim, we get news that Derek has made it to the next stage in the James Beard Awards process! Objectively speaking, he deserves it. I'm too critical of all things culinary to just support him because he's my bro—I support him because he's an excellent chef who changed this Yankee-So Cal-Big City gal's opinions about Southern cooking.

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