A Letter From The Publisher, Dec. 19, 1977

Rousseau's definition of happiness—"a good bank account, a good cook and a good digestion"—would draw no argument from the trio of chefs, amateur and pro, in the accompanying photograph. The one in the sports coat presiding over the feast is George Lang, New York-based chef, author and international restaurateur. Lang's short list of favorite books on cooking is a part of this week's cover story on the growing U.S. love affair with the kitchen. The pair in the chefs' hats with Lang in his Manhattan kitchen are TIME'S Michael Demarest, who wrote the...

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