It was always exciting to create a great cake for Christmas and another for Valentine’s Day, but it wasn’t the way Hermé wanted to work. He wanted to develop comprehensive collections, which, like fashion, would follow the seasons, and six years ago, when he opened his first shop on his own, in Japan, he was able to put his idea into practice.
When faced with the image of a sumo wrestler,most food-minded people are likely to ask, “What do they eat to look like that?” I asked this question as a high-school exchange student in Japan a decade ago and have been exploring it ever since.
I first became enamored of Latin techniques when I took a class with Rick Bayless in 1987. He made tamales, nothing else, but that was all the ammunition I needed to start cooking Latin food at the East Coast Grill, where I was a young sous chef.
- Word Salad Challenge: Answer Key
Did you take the Word Salad Challenge quiz in the latest issue of Gastronomica? Check your answers with the answer key.
- Home Run: My Journey Back to Korean Food
I was harboring all sorts of yuppie anxieties about first-time fatherhood—the unit cost of diapers and 529 College Savings Plans chief among them. But as a Korean-American, I was also worrying about our son's cultural identity. I especially looked forward to introducing him to my culinary heritage.