Dear Mr. Smith:
Echoing the sentiment of so many of the letters I have read on this web site, I can say that of the many souls that have influenced my life through personal contact or
media, yours is one of the most important. As a young man out on my own for the first time in the late 1980's, I had no real idea how to cook good food. One day I
happened to catch your program on PBS and the rest was history for me. I faithfully tuned in every chance I got. I began to experiment with food and realized, as you
have taught, that food and life are to be celebrated. I still do. You touched my life, as I am sure you have many others, in a way nobody else has. I was
saddened hearing of the tragic events in your life. I am sure that, coupled with the difficulty of putting together a new series, we may not see you again on the television,
but please know that, speaking for myself, at least one person is still cooking the way you always taught. I miss you. Thank you, Jeff.