Après Midi

Aprés Midi 10-9-19

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Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Susan Herrmann Loomis
 Susan Herrmann Loomis, American internationally-recognized expert on food and an award-winning journalist and author, spoke about how she managed to "cook up a life in France"...having successfully written 13 books, run a cooking school as well as co-researching and co-authoring "The Food Lover’s Guide to Paris," by Patricia Wells.

She's been in France 30 years, lived most of that time in a fabulously ancient, sprawling and beautiful half-timbered home on rue Tatin (also the name of her memoir, "On Rue Tatin") in the Normandy town of Louviers, where she created a professional kitchen and cooked up her life in France. (We filmed an HGTV's House Hunters International show there once, in which we called it "The Witches' House" — because it looks like something out of a fairy tale and because the history of the town includes exorcisms and burnings of two priests accused of witchcraft in 1647!
 
During the discussion with Susan, she talked about the quality of food served in restaurants and how the Plat du Jour can often be yesterday's leftovers. Not all restaurants do that, but it makes sense to resurrect that which wasn't used the day(s) before so as to use up every drop of their stock investment.I suppose I'm one of the victims.
 
Café Charlot, however, offers up a Plat du Jour everyday that makes it so easy to go there on a daily basis — so that I never have to choose something from the same menu which would become tedious and boring. I order it so often, that my daughter discovered from the wait staff recently, when she was there in my absence, that their nickname for me is "Madame Plat du Jour." Funny how the persona went from "Pasta Queen" to "Madame Plat du Jour" with no trace of having once been a formidable cook!
 
Susan expressed her concern for the new generation, who seem to be too busy, like myself, to take the time to cook and enjoy the process as much as the pleasure of eating it and eating healthily. They are watching the TV or online cooking shows, but are they experiencing it for themselves, she wondered?

I've taken a few of Susan's courses and loved them all. She makes it look so easy because she has a lot of confidence in her ability. This is what she says she tries to teach...confidence in cooking. I understand this magic ingredient, far more important than the spice rack. Without thinking you can cook well, you may never be able to rise to that expectation of yourself.
 
Perhaps that's the main reason I don't cook anymore — I've lost that confidence.Along with cooking in France, Susan cooked up a real life. And as I have shown, one can cook up a life in France without cooking! C'est la vie en France.
 
In attendance were:
•    Alexandria Levie
•    Anna Chek Hayes
•    April Pett
•    Claudine Hemingway
•    David and Sherry Finkelstein
•    Diana Kwok
•    Elizabeth Commentz
•    Elliot and Sharon Medrick
•    Erwin Petri
•    Fran Michalek
•    Harriet Welty Rochefort
•    Helen Hilber
•    Judith and Stephen DeLong
•    Kathryn Joseph
•    Kelly Pruitt
•    Leas Kamiculecki
•    Leslie Mow
•    Linda Karpowich
•    Linda Rapaport
•    Lisa Rosser
•    Marcia Toyama
•    Margie Rubin
•    Michael Rubin
•    Nancy Kissock
•    Nancy Toolan
•    Pamela Moffatt
•    Patricia Evert
•    Patty Sadauskas
•    Peter Nichols
•    Raenette DeCicco
•    Rawy Shediac
•    Steve Rapaport
•    Susan Carter
•    Susanne Fowler
•    Plus others who did not sign in (or whose name was illegible)!

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France

Adrian Leeds Group - Après Midi Paris, France