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November 25, 2005

Lavender salt

Bought lavendar salt when I was in San Francisco to deliver one of the American Icon lectures to commemorate 350 years of Jewish life in the United States. Had a chance to wander down to the market on the Embarcadero and found this fragant French grey sea salt mixed with fragrant lavender. Delicious. Gave Joelle, one of my all-time favorite cooks, a bottle and here is the email she sent me:

I want to share this story with you. Last Friday, we had friends from Bloomington over for dinner. They are fine palates but don't cook. I served a salad of shredded root vegetables (carrots and celeri root) which I seasoned with white wine vinegar, olive oil, some herbes de Provence and the lavender salt you gave us for Rosh-Ha-Shana. As they were savouring the salad, they kept wondering which spice I had put that has this very unusual and fine flavor. I let them scratch their gustative sense for a while, saying that it was a secret. And after 15 minutes or so, I revealed my secret. So we spoke about you and your passion and savant curiosity for taste.

Posted by BKG at November 25, 2005 11:23 AM


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