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Tracing Madeleine's Family History

A while ago I read a bizarre book ... umm Sex, Drugs, Einstein, and Elves by Pinkover. It was masquerading as a physics book. Parts of it were very interesting and parts were questionable. (Well, in my opinion.) Anyway, when I finished I decided I probably wouldn't read any more of his books, but I didn't regret reading it, and I found some cool ideas in the book (mostly involving words and wordplay).

On PBS they are doing a cool show tracing the genealogy of some famous people (Yo Yo Ma, Steven Colbert, Meryl Streep, etc.). One of the people is a famous chef. I didn't know him, but I've decided I like him because he tells sweet stories about his family, especially related to dinners/cooking together. When asked why his grandmother's ravioli was so good his response was something like "why was Proust's Madeleine so delicious?" I would not have gotten the reference but for that crazy nonPhysics physics book.

Anyway - this show is AWESOME. I hope it reruns so that I can tape it and make other people watch it, too.



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Feb. 11th, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
Mario Batali is quite a guy. He has built his career around his grandma's recipes. He was the star of a PBS series I adored called "Spain - On the Road Again" which also included Gwyneth Paltrow, NY Times food writer Mark Bittman, Spanish actress Claudia Bassols (with whom I am madly in love), and a brief appearance by Michael Stipe of REM. The four of them spend a month or two driving around Spain eating and cooking.
Feb. 12th, 2010 02:49 am (UTC)
Yes That was the chef. I can see why he's popular - I only saw him for five or ten minutes, but just in that time he was so lovely. I would love to see the show you mentioned!! I will have to get my husband to try to track it down. (He loves to cook, so I'm sure he will be interested in it, too.) Thanks!!!
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