Friday, May 09, 2008

New Yorker Profiles Achatz

Interesting profile of Grant Achatz in the New Yorker this week including the revalation that he completely lost his sense of taste in his cancer treatment at the end of last year. (It's slowly returning but could take up to a year.) Lots of interesting information on the science of taste and the realities of his options if his cancer returns.

Plus, the Sun Times tells us Terrance Brennan and Artisinal (among other nationally known chefs) are opening projects in Chicago soon. I know a lot of cheese lovers who will be happy to make the pilgramage to an outpost of Artisinal. (hat tip to Grub Street)

1 comment:

J. Silverheels Gray said...

Your New Yorker arrives more promptly than mine does! Maybe my mailman hasn't finished with the cartoons yet.

There was a letter in the Wine Spectator a couple of years ago from a European wine critic who had lost his sense of taste due to illness. He (or possibly she, since the letter was sent anonymously) said he regained his palate through self-treatment with opium.

Following such a program carries some risks of its own (jail and drug addiction among them), but having one's livelihood at stake is a powerful motivator. All's well that ends well, I guess....