Prior to Dr. Collin's appearance on the food and dining scene, I paid not much attention to where I ate or where I took my dates to dine. We pretty much frequented The Steak Pit on Bourbon Street, The Playboy Club on Iberville Street, Bozo's on St. Ann Street and Mandina's on Canal Street. Dr. Collin was instrumental in broadening my outlook on New Orleans dining experiences more than anyone in the public spotlight at that time or since. I am still grateful to him and his lovely wife, Rima, for the lessons they taught me.
I learned a lot at my mom's knee just by osmosis. But for the things she didn't make, this cookbook was my primer. I started out with the recipes and then tweaked my little heart out. Each of our fledglings received a copy when they left the nest, and have done tweaking of their own.
I never had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Collin personally, but Rima taught me several classes--an incredibly gifted scholar with a talent for loving life.