Yes, it is that day...Tuesday. One day closer to Friday, which means the weekend is that much closer. Several weeks ago I started pairing up bloggers on Tuesday and writing about them in a few paragraphs. These tends to be bloggers I follow, ones I admire, and hold to a high standard. They also have something in common with each other. So for this week I chose two people who are not new, not unfamiliar, and not unknown.
Eric Ripert reminds me of a few GOs with whom I worked when I was at Club Med for several years. He is known around the world for his cooking and his restaurant Le Bernardin. His piercing blue eyes, his smooth French accent, and his boyish smile are all infectious - in a good way. However Eric has so much more than that. His blog offers delectable recipes, images, and video as life as it should be - celebrated in the moment. And one of those people with whom he lives in the moment is Michael Ruhlman. Michael has worked with some of the greatest chefs in the world and is great in his own right: a graduate of Duke and an author of numerous books including one with Thomas Keller and another with Eric Ripert, Michael Ruhlman is nothing less than genius. He is also a frequent judge on the Iron Chef (which I would really like to judge one day as long as the secret ingrediant is not pork...) He recently came out with Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking, which has a spot on my night stand and I pour into page after page on a nightly basis. It will reteach you how to cook and break down the principles of just about everything.
These two just work together, and they have.