Creating An Appetite

Recently, my ‘Maman’ was spending a considerable amount of time arranging slices of tomatoes on a dish prior to covering them with a drizzle of olive oil. To hurrying and hungry voices she responded: ‘L’appétit, ça s’créé!’ You must create appetite. She is a strong believer in the necessity to present food in a beautiful way, whether it is lunch for one or dinner for ten, a picnic on the beach or an elegant soiree.

This is because appetite is not to be confused with hunger.

The rumbling in one’s stomach might begin with the need for nutrition but the desire to eat arises from all senses. Both hunger and appetite have led me to cook the dishes that I cook now. ‘Le menu Paleo’ is an invitation to my table.