One of my favorite Christmas gifts this year was a copy of My Last Supper, a book featuring 50 top chefs and their preferred final meals. My whole family enjoyed flipping through it, and what I loved most was comparing who would pick comfort and who would pick luxury. It was fascinating to read the menus, and also to compare which chefs absolutely wanted to cook their own final meal and those who absolutely wanted someone else to prepare it. There are recipes and fun photos and interesting glimpses of personality, and I highly recommend the book to anyone who shares a curiosity about food, restaurants and chefs.
As for me, I think my final meal would begin with raw oysters and Champagne, then sashimi or crudo and a crisp white wine, followed by a pasta course with a fresh tomato sauce, then a thin, crisp pizza with fennel - like the one at Otto - and for dessert, either my mother's lemon cheesecake or plain vanilla ice cream with hot fudge sauce. Or a box of chocolates. Or a really tart lemon dessert. Or bread pudding. Oh, and I think I want a nice Barolo with the pasta and pizza. And then more Champagne with dessert. Although I might prefer a multi-course Basque feast, now that I think about it. Or Mexican food and margaritas. Sushi and pizza. Maybe a meal of all pastries? The more you think about it, the harder the question is to answer! But, it also never gets old...yum. What would your last meal be?