A couple of years ago I was invited to lunch at the home of a new friend. Maureen grew up knowing my friend Paula, and shares with me a love of all things French. Paula thought we would be a good fit and introduced us. Discussing food that day while dining on our French-inspired meal, Maureen made mention of her son-in-law's deceased uncle who was a "foodie" and had lived in the south of France. It didn't take me long to connect the dots. The uncle was Richard Olney. After reading a tribute to Olney by Alice Waters after his death in the early 90's, I realized what a strong contributor he had been in the culinary world through his writings, cookbooks and mentoring to many, including Alice Waters. Since my discovery that day over lunch, I have received several cookbooks by Olney from his nephew. Today's recipe for ratatouille is from the book Lulu's Provencal Table by Richard Olney.