Tonight, from 11 to 11:30 P.M. E.S.T. I’ll be talking LIVE to the host of a radio show on WCCO in Minneapolis about Back of the House. Normally, unless I’m out of town, sleep has me in its grip by 10 P.M. easily as the day begins between 6:30 and 7:00 with the dogs. The routine, the early hours, are welcome, hot or cold, especially when it is foggy and raining.
Preceding the interview, it’ll be a fire, a slow stewed baby chicken with chick peas, garlic, and Swiss chard, and a few hours of ruminating.
I’m nearing the end of the very wonderful memoir by the grandson of the founder of Russ & Daughters. I must have walked by that place a few hundred times as a kid. We never went in. My father was never much for fish, unless it was canned sardines, and my mother wasn’t one to see a value in paying more for products that could be purchased at Shop Rite under the store label. But the past decades, it’s been a lucky set of circumstances, and now I have an account at the store and buy the beautiful products routinely.
The book’s power resides most of all in the author’s ability to tell a story. The best restaurants and food purveyors tell the best stories, of course, and here we have an establishment rich in narrative.
I may mention R & D tonight as I reach the midnight hour.