Many of you know that Gaucho Garcia is an avid follower of the Argentine chef/author/visionary Francis Mallmann. Mallmann is the owner of three restaurants and the author of the Seven Fires cookbook (which I reviewed in this post). Anthony Bourdain, former chef/world traveler/food enthusiast is host of the very popular show “No Reservations” which airs on the Travel Channel.
Recently, the two of them sat down to discuss the virtues of hardwood grilling, asado, slow foods methods of cooking, and a variety of other subjects. You can watch a clip of the interview below, but I wanted to mention a few of my favorite quotes because the two men so eloquently capture the essence of the grilling culture that Gaucho Garcia seeks to promote. Truly, if there was a conversation that could describe the fundamental tenets of Argentine asado, it would be this.
Mallmann: “Waiting is a wonderful thing, you know…Patience just brings so many good things.”
Bourdain: “It is a return to an extremely primitive, no bullsh*t form of cooking”
Bourdain: “Elemental, fundamental, and delicious…Mallman’s methods diverge barely at all from the cave, yet are executed with somewhat more precision”
Mallmann: “I always say that if I have to choose a language that will reunite all the countries of South America, it would be fire. Because fire is a language is for us”.
Bourdain: “Fire—wherever and whenever humans have sat around a fire and waited for meat to cook something universal has occurred.”