I have many heroes in my life. Some obvious, many not.
My admiration goes to people that have the same level of passion that I have about historic bookbindings and original books. This man is one that I admire for his dedication to TWO of my passions. History and food!
Chef Walter Staib not only runs one of the finest restaurants in Philadelphia, but does so in a historic location called the City Tavern. His food is exceptional, as is his love for history. He hosts and stars in his own production "A Taste of History" which is a cooking show where he teaches not only cooking techniques and recipes from the 18th century, but teaches about historic figures or groups from America's past.
I had the distinct pleasure meeting Chef at his restaurant. Knowing I would have several meals there while on a sales trip in Philly and that he would be in town while I was there, I took a rare moment to rebind one of his cookbooks into an 18th century full leather edition (seen in photo). Not only did he autograph it, but he appreciated my skills enough to bring me one of his cookbooks and ask me to bind it in similar fashion. What an honor for me!
His shows have won 12 Emmys (more than M.A.S.H.) and whether you are simply a foodie, or historian, you will love his show. Look him up!
If you ever get to Philly .... you MUST eat there!
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