Aaron May Dishes On Being a Chef, a Restaurateur and a Party Boy
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Favorite food smell: Vanilla. I can't get enough of it. I put it in ketchup, citrus, sauces. I absolutely love it.
Favorite cookbook: Jean-Louis [Palladin], Cooking with the Seasons. Genre-defining and the absolute standard for food photography.
Ingredient you love to cook with and why: Eggs. They're so versatile and delicious: purée them into sauces, yolks make a great liaison, whites are a great protein canvas. And there is simply nothing more classic or ethereal than a well poached egg.
Most over-rated ingredient: Bacon. Most of it doesn't even taste like pork anymore. Over-smoked and over-salted, it could be anything, but rarely does it taste like the pork belly it is supposed to.