It is with great and profound sadness that I report the death by cancer of my friend Bill Moran.
I knew that Bill had been ill for several years and travelled from his home in south Texas to Houston for treatment. We planned many lunch dates only to be broken by extended treatment schedules or other inconvenient circumstances and, in fact, we never met one-to-one.
Regardless, I considered Bill a friend, confident, mentor and collaborator for all things food-related. We traded recipes, gave tips on new restaurants and discussed several books we would write about southwestern cuisine.
Now, that's all gone like blowing out the candles on a birthday cake. Where there was light and laughter only smoke remains.
I don't know how long Bill's website, The Texas Chef will be up but it's worth a visit to read his recipes and get a sense of who the man was. He was passionate about that unique combination of Mexico and food and his love for flavorful, homestyle cooking will hopefully live on.
Happy trails, Bill, and pay attention when they say "the plate is hot."
Your friend forever,