Lucky enough to grow up in a restaurant, I ate luxuriously. As soon as I was table top high, I’d roam the dining room, scooping whole pats of butter into my face. My first sentence could well have been “steak, pea, fry” - my standard order. My childhood diet was not always so....refined: I was a devoted son of the freezer and microwave. Hot Pockets, Bagel Bites, Cheese Whiz dumped (still frozen) onto nacho chips, corn dogs. This was bad food, in retrospect, and I expect that I’ve shortened my life by at least 10 years. If I have the opportunity to rewrite this card in the distant future - say when I’m 64 - I’d like to think I’d fondly look back on meals with friends and family, weird food I’ve eaten around the world, and my very first bag of Cool Ranch Doritos.
Rien is an accomplished writer and food historian. His favorite food these days is really good bread. And citrus. Last year, Rien received a PhD in history from Tulane University. Visit his website www.rienfertel.com to view his work. And to read more great food memories from our dinner guests, purchase the latest edition of Runaway Dish Journal here.
To read more great food memories from our dinner guests, purchase the latest edition of Runaway Dish Journal here.