Amanda Hesser is a food writer, former restaurant critic, co-founder of Food52 and more recently, author of The Essential New York Times Cookbook, which contains more than 1,400 recipes. Hesser spoke to Gourmet Live about her various projects, the most underrated ingredient and the best meal she’s ever had.
… As part of my job, I’d been to plenty of 3-star restaurants in France, and 4-star restaurants in NYC and elsewhere, but at el Bulli, they understand that dining should be fun. The service was flawless but not at all uptight. They wanted you to have a great time. It was lunchtime so the windows were flung open, the banquettes had loose pillows on them so you could recline however you wanted, and the waiters spent time describing the avant garde food, but in a casual unselfconscious way, so you didn’t feel like you had to listen as if you were in Catholic school.For the full story and more, download the free Gourmet Live app.