By Sam Russek, intern
“If a man does not have the sauce, then he is lost. But the same man can be lost in the sauce.” So spoke Gucci Mane, the great philosopher of our time. I’ve let the tenets and creeds of Gucci Mane navigate me through my entire young adult life. When he opines that it is “the sauce” that I should both pursue and avoid, strive for and veer away from, I see in myself reflected a battle between two parts that equal a greater whole. The sauce should be respected, feared, but, at the same time, appreciated, and even celebrated. Enter The Sauce: A Celebration of Flavor that Changed Everything, by John DeMers, Nancy Marr, and the Fischer & Wieser Specialty Food Company, a company that, by all accounts, has an appreciation for the sauce to match my own. I stumbled upon this book on my first day interning here at Bright Sky Press, as you might expect, around lunchtime, but before my actual lunch break. In it, Fischer & Wieser articulate the many different flavors they’ve created, and the usages their sauces provide to a myriad of appetizers, salads, main dishes, and desserts. It was, I believe, a revelation. Who could think of mixing mashed raspberries and chipotle pepper? A man lost in the sauce, that’s who. For as long as I can remember, I have feared the sauce more than I have appreciated it. But the Fischer & Wiser Specialty Food Company has harnessed the sauce and wrangled it into doing their bidding in a way I didn’t believe possible. Salmon quesadillas, crab cakes, barbeque meatballs, little smokies, island lobster, sea scallops en brochette—all of them, covered in sauce. I couldn’t believe it. As the clock wound down, I found myself lost in The Sauce, but in complete control. My shift ended at 2:00pm that day and I left, stomach growling; but I wasn’t just hungry, I had learned something, too. If a man does not have the sauce, then he is surely lost. And yes, the same man can be lost in the sauce. But that man has a choice: How will he pursue the sauce, and why? And when he gets there, what will he do with it? For the Fischer & Wieser Specialty Food Company, they added raspberries. As for me, I went to Chipotle.