I actually read The Apprentice last year, after picking up the book at the CIA (Culinary Institute of America) in Napa Valley while on vacation. Both Roy and I read it, and both loved it. I have always liked Jacque Pepin’s TV shows (most memorable moment was when he was fixing some giblet dish, and for the liver, he said in his French accent “this, you feed to the dog”). He is one of those people who has had an amazing talent, and has picked his course in life, not just going the direction that tradition would take him. I recommended this for our book club for this month, with the incentive that I would cook some of the recipes. So, I picked up the book, and had a hard time picking recipes because I would start reading the book again, completely derailing plans for choosing a recipe or two. But, I have finally picked recipes, and will do the Egg’s Jeanette, Mussels Ravigote, and Roast Leg of Lamb Provincial as well as a Tomato and Zucchini Salad and an Apple Tart from other Jacque Pepin recipe books (yes, I have several). And in honor of my recent trip to Italy, we will start with Bellini's! So – Pagerturners – please come hungry on Wednesday!