A few weeks ago during a busy Sunday Supper at Lucques, I found myself standing in the middle of a conversation between (my boss/idol/friend) chef/owner of Lucques Suzanne Goin and a dinner guest named Shelley who happened to be an old high school friend of Suzanne. Shelley was reporting back to Suzanne that many of their friends from Marlborough High School have told her that Suzanne’s James Beard Award winning cookbook “Sunday Suppers at Lucques” “is amazing and will change your life!” Shelley admitted that she felt intimidated by it. I proceeded to jump in on the conversation and carry on about how I felt the same way at first “But once you start using it, it’s true! It really will change your life!” Eventually, I extracted myself from the meeting of old friends and got back to my duties at the hostess stand. But at the end of the night, after all of our guests had been seated, Suppers enjoyed, and desserts devoured, I was gathering my belongings in the office to leave for the night. With my purse slung over my shoulder and scarf around my neck, I started to leave and then stopped in my tracks and turned around to Suzanne who was seated at a desk, typing on her laptop. “Suzanne it’s true.” I said. ” Your cookbook really has changed my life.” She looked up at me. “All of my friends think I’m a really good cook. But it just occurred to me that it’s only because I have your cookbook.” She smiled at me and then said casually, “Here, I’ll email you the latest draft of my AOC cookbook. You can test recipes. “
Once in awhile, we are told things that leave us speechless. This was one of those things. And by the time I got home (still smiling and giddy), there was an email in my in box with the subject “Here you go!” a note that said “Merry Christmas..please let me know your results and if anything is confusing.” and an extremely large attachment titled “AOC BOOK DRAFT 1 W WINE FINAL.” I spent my entire Christmas break devouring it….literally and figuratively. And you can trust me when I say; it’s delicious.
The only way I can truly show Suzanne how flattered and grateful I am to have early access to such classified information is to make (and eat) my way through as many recipes as possible. I couldn’t help but start with duck!