About five years ago, Norman Van Aken called me and asked if I wanted to write a cookbook. Absolutely, I said instantly. On what? Turns out Van Aken wanted me to collect recipes from the restaurants of Miami's original Mango Gang: Allen Susser (Chef Allen's), Mark Militello (Mark's Place), Douglas Rodriguez (Yuca), and himself (a Mano). I'd add to it a bunch of up-and-coming New World-type chefs like Robbin Haas, who was saving Ocean Drive at the Colony Bistro; Jonathan Eismann, who was gussying up Lincoln Road with Pacific Time; and Kerry Simon, who was playing the crowd at the Raleigh Hotel. After I wrote a book proposal, Van Aken, who would act as consultant for the project, secured his agent for me. We... More >>>