Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Yes, Chef

I've written before about how much we love Marcus Samuelsson's cookbook, The Soul of a New Cuisine:  A Discovery of the Foods and Flavors of Africa.  It's been our go-to cookbook for learning how to prepare some dishes that will hopefully make Eli Lingo feel at home.

My friend Robin tipped me off that he was doing a book signing at our local Whole Foods yesterday, so I went on down with our copy of Soul of a New Cuisine and his new book Yes, Chef: A Memoir.

Oh my gosh, he is the nicest man.  While waiting in line, a woman came through and asked if we'd like a name inscribed in the book.  I gave her three:

When Marcus (I can call him "Marcus," right?  He's hugged me in a photo and all. . . .) saw the name "Lingo," he asked who was Lingo.  I told him Lingo is our 4 year old boy from Gambella, Ethiopia, and he got the biggest smile on his face and asked to see a photo.

We chatted briefly about Ethiopia and Gambella (he says there are lots of snakes in Gambella, eek!) and I told him how much we love his African cookbook.  That Lingo will be well fed with food from his homeland, thanks to him.

Dear Brad, Cook for Kathleen and Lingo
Dear Brad and Kathleen, Cook Africa for Lingo
Marcus, my friend, you may have just passed Thomas Keller on my list of most adored chefs.


  1. Oh, how awesome is that??! I bet this experience made you feel so much closer to your boy. :)