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Dear Jeff,

(I feel almost as though we're on a first-name basis, so forgive the

I just wanted to write and let you know how much you've meant in my life
as a cook and a person. I had no idea where you had gone, and decided to
do an Internet search for you.

I first developed an interest in cooking as a young adult, and your show
and cookbooks were truly an inspiration - not just the recipes, but your
whole philosophy on cooking, ingredients, equipment...and life. I also
very much enjoyed your respect for and interest in other ethnicities and
religions, and your engaging, down-to-earth style. At the time, I was
employed in the radio business, as an announcer. My skill in writing
eventually allowed me to attain a "real" job - as a writer of product
catalogs. Luckily for me, the company I work for is a manufacturer and
marketer of food products - spices, condiments, etc. - and I've been
fortunate to be involved in the food marketing/recipe development area
here. I've even done some very nice cookbooks here, and am looking
forward to even deeper involvement in that area.

Anyway, I just wanted to tell you that I feel I owe you a debt of
gratitude for the inspiration and the entertainment you gave me for all
those years. Some of your recipes from various books have become
favorites, and I greatly enjoy using the "Celebrates Christmas" book in
my holiday celebrating every year.

Thank you, Jeff, for all the good times...and best of luck to you in
overcoming your personal struggles and in enjoying the happy retirement
you so richly deserve. Peace be with you.


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