We're back in Kentucky, finishing up Chef Edward Lee's new cookbook and Spring is definitely here. Crabapple and dogwood blossoms are blooming all around Louisville. We shot the cover today, which was exciting, and the final shot we'll do in studio. Tomorrow we hit the road to see what Kentucky has to offer.
Lunch today was kindly made for us by Kevin Ashworth, who works at 610 Magnolia restaurant kitchen. It was a hearty, but Spring-inspired salad of cooked Israeli couscous tossed in a light curry coconut cream, with cashews, dried apricots, strawberries, and topped fresh pea tendrils from the garden.
You wouldn't call these leftovers; I'm down in Louisville, Kentucky right now art directing a cookbook for my friend Chef Edward Lee, who owns 610 Magnolia Restaurant. Yesterday's lunch was some leftovers from the Anthony Bourdain/Eric Ripert after party that Ed catered the night before. Lobster sausage with Celery Root puree, Tarragon, Grapefruit and Nigella Seeds, (top). Foie Gras with Plum pickled Okra and deep fried Black-Eyed Peas, (bottom). And in the middle, we supped on the freshest oysters from the South. (Old Salts and Rappahannock River). We're a very happy (and lucky!) crew.