Michael Nagrant, Interviewed
A revealing interview with Michael Nagrant about his experience writing for the Alinea cookbook:
I understand you wrote quite a few essays for the book, but only the one made it into the final version. What happened? Will those other pieces ever see the light of day?
You know how rock stars have clauses in their contracts about removing all the brown M&M's? I believe Jeffrey Steingarten and Michael Ruhlman had clauses that dictated page count for Mark McClusky and I such that they wouldn't be overshadowed. That and Ruhlman requested a year's supply of hair gel for his Flock of Seagulls-like hairdo. Seriously, there was just a space constraint with printing deadlines.
The other essays he wrote will appear on the Alinea website, we learn.