Chef David Tanis redefined (or at the very least, helped define) the art of simple cooking. His philosophy has had a huge impact on my own cooking over the years (if that's worth anything); it's about letting the ingredients shine through. He wrote one of my favorite cookbooks, A Platter of Figs (which, strangely enough, I don't own - I only coveted one owned by a previous chef and read it whenever I could).
Chef Tanis will be in town tomorrow to promote his newest book, Heart of the Artichoke. I will be meeting him for lunch tomorrow, along with a group of other bloggers and members of Slow Food Columbus. Please let me know if there are any questions you would like me to ask him! I'm going to ask him to help me understand why everyone loves artichokes so much.
You can meet Chef Tanis and watch a cooking demo tomorrow evening at the Williams Sonoma store at Easton!