BEST THING I ATE IN 2012: "This has been a particularly rich year for me gastronomically, with lots of travel, so it's harder than ever to single out a single 'best' dish. Ultimately, though, I think it might be a simple snack I improvised for myself one afternoon at home from ingredients brought back from various trips: I toasted a thick slice of sourdough rye (pictured) from a little bakery in a village called Albanyà, in the Empordà region of Catalonia (probably the best bread I had all year; wish I'd been able to stuff more than one loaf into my carry-on), then drizzled it with Pukara Estate Hunter Valley olive oil that I'd brought back from Australia, spread on some doçe de leite (the Brazilian dulce de leche, which I'd bought in a small town in Minas Gerais, Brazil), and sprinkled it all with Maldon salt. Very international. Very wonderful."
MOST ANTICIPATED 2013 DISH: "To continue the homebody theme, I think what I'm most looking forward to eating in 2013 are the first really good tomatoes from my balcony garden, just sliced and sprinkled with some of that Maldon, on a warm, sunny day."