The Scoop On Norman's 180
|Norman Takes A 180 Turn|
Be that as it may, following the jump Van Aken reveals the direction his cuisine is taking (hint: it's not Latin/Caribbean), and offers "our list of 11 books that are part of the selected reading for 180". We're pretty sure he means the books that he and his team are absorbing, not what diners must read before eating there.
Norman has been studying and reflecting on "what the next twenty (years) may be like. Or is it ten?" Having just returned "from the farm country we were raised in" (presumably around his rural home town of Diamond Lake, Illinois), he is dedicated to moving his cuisine "back to the roots more". 180, he says, "Will be less specifically Latin/Caribbean and more specifically about Seasonality. Of course this is the great big story of our times, and I claim nothing new about that. I think we have an obligation to move in this direction. My son Justin is really helping on all of this and I thank him for that."
Seems Justin is just in time to also help Dad make his triumphant transition from New World Cuisine to New World Interconnectedness. Van Aken promises "websites, food blogs, etc., that are all part of the dialogue that will be about why 180 should taste, feel, look, talk, think, etc. like it does."
As for the physical side of the restaurant development, demolition is about to be complete, and "architect Malcolm Berg and our kitchen designer Jeff Brown are busy with plans and revisions as we go. We currently are on a timetable to be open in September."
Finally, the list of books that Norman and company are reading and re-reading as inspiration for 180. Some are well known, others less so, but the choices provide food for thought, and perhaps hints as to the menu to come. For instance, we can pretty much bet that pork will play a prominent role, and perhaps go out on a limb and guess that flatbreads will be served?
"Animal, Vegetable, Miracle", Barbara Kingsolver
"Pork and Sons", Stephane Reynaud
"The Zuni Café", Judy Rodgers
"Spice", Jack Turner
"Flatbreads and Flavors", Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid
"Dear Darkness", Kevin Young (beautiful food poems in here)
"Pig Perfect; Encounters with Remarkable Swine", Peter Kaminsky
"Seven Fires", Francis Mallmann with Peter Kaminsky
"The Man Who Ate Everything", Jeffrey Steingarten
"The Discoverers", Daniel Boorstein
"A Return to Cooking", Eric Ripert and Michael Ruhlman
Anyway, thank you Norman. And keep us tuned in. I mean, you know, at your convenience.