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We are planning a stir-fry session with Grace Young in the near future. Will update you if that pushes through.
Romy and I have lived in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn since 1981 and so have lived and cooked with Caribbean ingredients both for our own home cooking and at Cendrillon (our SoHo restaurant which we opened in 1995 and closed March 2009). The Philippines and the West Indian countries share many ingredients as we were all in the same path of colonizers that brought food, people and culture all over this part of the globe.
So this is an exciting tradition that we started at Cendrillon which we want to revive and continue in Purple Yam: opening our kitchen doors to other chefs of other cultures and cuisines so that we may learn and savor their cultures. There is nothing like good food to bring peace and understanding in this troubled world.
I never forgot the words of one of our regular diners at Cendrillon, a soft-spoken Japanese woman who was baffled by the nastiness of the politics the U.S. finds itself in these days:
Of the people who speak meanly of immigrants, poor people and the suffering middle class, she shook her head and said: “These people have no sense of humanity because no one ever cooked them a good and loving meal in their entire lives. If these people truly experienced good food in their lives, they would not be this mean!”