With all the focus we have had lately on teaching the kids how to cook their favorite meals, it was no surprise that we fell into a lengthy dinner table discussion the other night about the idea of a “Last Supper”. I know, it sounds a bit morose, to talk with your children of life just before death, so perhaps you would want to change it up a bit should you decide to engage your own family in a chat about the subject. If your kids are very young, or you anticipate that they would be sensitive to the topic, could always make it a “If you were stuck alone on a desert island, and could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?” kind of thing. If, however, your kids are like mine, and don’t seem the slight bit phased by the fact that what you are asking, is for them to tell you what they would choose to eat as their last meal before they DIED, then by all means, stick with the “Last Supper” format. Either way, I guarantee it will be an interesting conversation, one that may surprise you in many ways.
Our conversation was also partly prompted by my recently revisiting a book I received as a gift from my wife last year entitled, My Last Supper: 50 Great Chefs and Their Final Meals / Portraits, Interviews, and Recipes . It is a work, that as the title suggests, profiles 50 famous chefs as they answer the question, “if you could choose one final meal to eat before leaving this life, what would it be?" The book’s author, Melanie Dunea, does a great job not only documenting the details of the meals, but also who the chefs would want to have cook them, where they would want to be when they sat down to enjoy them, and perhaps most importantly, with whom they would wish to share their final meal in life.