Jim Kacian

:: the poem first appeared in Mariposa 19 (2008) ::



“Tradition is everything. . . . The press . . . they love to separate avant-garde from tradition. At the end they are not two things. They are the same thing. . . . There’s only two kinds of cooking: the bad cooking and the good cooking. What happens is if we forget our traditions, if we don’t keep looking to the past, it’s very difficult to understand who you are, and even more difficult to be looking to the future.”

José Andrés

chef and owner of minibar, Zaytinyaé 

& teacher, with Ferran Adrià, of culinary physics at Harvard University