If you enjoy:
- playing with new ingredients and recipes in the kitchen
- experimenting with new ideas and ways of living in real life
- exploring the relationship between good eating and good living
The Bon Vivant’s Cookbook is for you.
CAUTION: The recipes here are not exact. They are meant to inspire you to go and create your own version of each dish. There is a chance that things might get messy. There may be a few spills and lots of tiny little tweaks and adjustments along the way. But rest assured, you will savor every moment of it.
(Largely Imaginary) Praise for the Bon Vivant’s Cookbook:
“I used to shy away from ingredients and seasonings I’ve never used before. Now I approach life like I approach cooking… with abandon!”
“The Bon Vivant’s Cookbook reminded me that the best food isn’t always the richest or most decadent. Neither is the best life.”
When you begin to experiment with new ingredients, new methods of creating, and unfamiliar tastes, food becomes exciting again. It becomes an adventure, something to look forward to experiencing on your own and sharing with others.
Of course, taste is subjective. Some of the dishes here may be too spicy, too rich, or too exotic for your tastes. If that’s the case, simply discontinue your use of The Bon Vivant’s Cookbook and pass it along to someone that you think might enjoy it.
About the Author
At an early age, I started experimenting… with food. I’d watch cooking shows on TV featuring world-renowned chefs and try to imitate their actions in my grandmother’s kitchen. Mostly I succeeded in messing up my grandmother’s groceries, but I kept experimenting, messing up, and experimenting some more until I actually got to be pretty good in the kitchen.
As a young adult, my work travels took me to many different cities around the US. My colleagues and I made a habit of seeking out the best-known and best-kept-secret restaurants that each new city had to offer. It was a way to ease the woes of being on the road, and a prime opportunity for me to experience the real-life flavors and expert kitchen witchery I’d dreamed about as a kid.
Soon, it occurred to me that my relationship with food closely mirrored my relationship with life. I enjoyed seeking out well-known and best-kept-secret ideas and experiences. I hungrily pounced on opportunities to expand my palate with new and unconventional ideas, while still drawing sustenance and nostalgic comfort from more familiar flavors. I devoured the conversations and diverse perspectives that my dining companions and I shared as our taste buds were properly stimulated and our glasses were adequately filled.
I guess you can say that food was my gateway drug.
I’m still experimenting with different tastes, flavors, and recipes for food and for life. The Bon Vivant’s Cookbook is my test kitchen where I share the results of my latest and most savory adventures.
I’m so thrilled you found your way to the table. Pull up a chair, and grab a plate. There’s plenty to go around.
What Is a Bon Vivant?
bon . vivant Etymology:French, literally,‘good liver’
Definition: noun; a person having cultivated, refined, and sociable tastes especially with respect to food and drink.
Being a bon vivant is all about living the ‘good life’.
For me, the ‘good life’ is not one that focuses on extravagance and excess, but one that hones in on the simplest of life’s pleasures: a well-prepared meal, a song that resonates in your heart, a book that leaves a lasting impression, a trip that expands your horizons. Any experience that elevates the everyday to the elegant.