The Evolution of a Chef

My career in food began unofficially at the age of two when, after watching a TV show, I filleted my sister’s goldfish, cutting them in half with scissors and unceremoniously depositing them in the toilet bowl.

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Black Magic: Old Coke and the New South

Larry Brown likes it poured over ice. Rick Bragg has been known to enjoy a frosty can with breakfast, even while reporting from the far reaches of the globe. William Faulkner preferred mixing his with a little—ok, a lot—of Jack Daniel’s whiskey.

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From the Heart of the Yucatán, El Turix, Cozumel, Mexico

My mother, from the north of Mexico, created Mexican dishes, integrated Mayan cuisine into her cooking, and had a special passion for French cuisine. But it was the cooking and traditions of my Mayan nana that really influenced the foods of my childhood.

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