I just heard yesterday that a cookbook I worked on last year has been nominated for a James Beard award.
Working on this book was one of the highlights of my year. Not only were the team a wonderful collection of talented, creative and passionate individuals but the experience of working collectively and collaboratively was rewarding in so many ways. It augmented my belief that a love of good food follows respect for ingredients and the process in which it is made.
Sitting at a table with these thoughts in mind and with likeminded people, makes for an enriching and life enhancing time. Nothing beats that in my book.