Proust Questionnaire: Francis Mallman, Argentine Chef, Author and Restaurateur
What is your favorite color? 
Hand-dyed indigo
 
What is your favorite food? 
Basmati rice pilaf
 
What is your idea of complete happiness? 
Cooking with fire in a snowstorm in the Andes mountains
 
What is a quality you most like in a person? 
Irreverent loyalty 
What is a quality you most like in a pet? 
Silent, trusted love
 
What is your greatest fear? 
Being comfortable
 
Which historical figure do you most identify with? 
James Joyce because of the last paragraph of Ulysses
 
Which living person do you most admire? 
My wife because of her untraceablemysterious secrets 
 
What do you most value in your friends? 
Loyalty
Who is the greatest love of your life?  
Argentina, she keeps so many hidden treasures from me.
What is your main fault? 
My silence
 
What is your greatest indulgence? 
The vanity for clothes 
 
Where do you like to travel? 
Always going back home to Patagonia
 
What is your favorite city? 
Paris
 
What do you consider the most overrated virtue? 
Charm
 
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? 
Lust, love, lost, lady
 
Who are your favorite writers? 
Borges, Auden, Pasternack
 
Who is the greatest love of your life? 
Argentina, she keeps so many hidden treasures from me.
 
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Where are you the happiest? 
Tending my fire, standing under the stars with a long stick in the wild.
 
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? 
That I’d spend more time with my children
 
What is your most treasured possession? 
My will to battle in silence—day out, day in. 
 
Who are your heroes? 
Most of the Russian poets who heroically died for their words
 
What do you consider your greatest achievement? 
The temptation of making love, in haste, to every new day.