What a thrill to meet one of the most famous chefs in the world, Diana Kennedy, at La Vida Gallery tonight. I have many of her cookbooks and have counted her among my cultural heroes for decades. She is a good friend of gallery owners Matt and Carole Weissler, and although she does few book signings these days, she did agree to come to La Vida and sign her wonderful new definitive book on the food of Oaxaca. I can’t wait to look at it -the photos are amazing, and her anecdotes read like chapters in an adventure novel. It’ s a rare glimpse into the cuisine of Oaxaca – she was charming and funny and gracious – she even asked about my artwork that was hanging in the gallery. What a remarkable woman. Viva Diana Kennedy!