"My mother was a professional chef and ran our family restaurant in Lyon. From her, especially, I learned classic country French fare from stew to gratin."
WILLIAM NORWICH, editor-at-large, Vogue:
"My mother didn't really cook. But she did make Key lime pie, until the day the top of an evaporated milk container accidentally ended up in the pie and she decided cooking took too much concentration. After that we went out to Friendly's a lot and had tuna sandwiches."
LAURIE ANDERSON, musician and performance artist:
"Every time one of my teachers came over for lunch my mother would make her famous golden shrimp puff, with Cheddar cheese, mustard, white bread and hot pepper sauce."