Julie Reid works in a bustling restaurant, handling myriad requests under pressure with cheerful aplomb on a nightly basis. She is in complete agreement with Nikos Kazantzakis, who wrote: "How simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea."
The English language has no accurate translation for the French word terroir . The closest thing we have is terrain , a word designed strictly to denote the way a land lays, a word for describing surfaces. Terrain says something, but far from everything, about terroir. At its closest, terrain is perhaps to terroir what a page is to a book, though terroir as a concept is admittedly more slippery.