He also gave us some insights into writing his cookbooks. He said some cooks just allow their name to be put on a book but he definitely wants them to be his books. He said he just keeps cooking and writes down the recipes over time; after a few months he can see a pattern emerge and he uses these as the basis for his next book. He does not want his books to be overtly Asian he said as this may intimidate some people, so he doesn't allow the stylist to use chopsticks or anything Asian looking. He also said that we should all aspire to be food photographers as they have the easiest job in the world. He told us the home economist cooks, the stylist styles, and it is all done with natural lighting so the photographer just clicks the button on his computer when it is all ready. I am sure he was joking (mostly?!) but it did sound like a breeze.
Next up he has another TV show in the offing (could be Northern Hemisphere I am thinking), and a couple of books in the works. What a great night, and a lovely man!
|Fiona introducing Adam|
|the man himself (about 2 feet away from me!)|
|his new book|
I haven't tried any of his recipes yet but they did serve a couple of little dishes at the talk, and they were lovely.