'I live in a country that's sort of fat-phobic and it just doesn't make sense to me; fat doesn't make us fat," Michael Ruhlman tells me as we start our conversation about his book, The Book of Schmaltz: Love Song to a Forgotten Fat.
What are the chances of finding not just one, but two Israeli chefs tempting diners in Bordeaux? And both taking the town by storm, in spite of being modernising interlopers in a city associated with traditional French food?
Despite their Michelin-star training, these Israelis are not mimicking the natives.
Summer is officially here. Even if you cannot make it to the Henley Regatta this year, you will want to make the most of every precious second of sunshine. Whether it is a picnic, barbecue, trips to the seaside or just relaxing in the garden, there are lots of ways to enjoy eating in the open air.
Who doesn't like a burger? It is the perfect package of beef, onion, lettuce and tomatoes, squished between two halves of a soft, sweet bread roll. Few foods can compete for speedy satisfaction. Problem is, most are out of bounds.
Thankfully kosher restaurants are wising up to foodie trends.