A visit to Cambridge wouldn’t be complete without an evening and a home cooked meal at the house of my friends Andrew Berry and Naomi Pierce. As I’ve said in an earlier post, Andrew is a tutor and lecturer in biology at Harvard, an expert in Alfred Russel Wallace and Darwin, while Naomi is a professor of biology and Curator of Lepidoptera at Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology. Before I went over for dinner last night, I learned that the other guests would be Dick Lewontin, my Ph.D. advisor, and Chris Adams, a good friend of Andrew and Naomi who, besides being a dermatologist, is a terrific ceramics artist who makes fantasy “biomorphic” plants and animals.
Lewontin, known forever to all of us as “The Boss”, is in good nick at 87, and his hair hasn’t yet turned completely gray!
The professor proffering noms:
Naomi is a splendid cook, and the noms were toothsome. Here is a beef stew with vegetables, served with spring greens: brussels sprouts, asparagus, and fiddleheads (young, uncurled ferns):
A salad of heirloom tomatoes, basil and avocado:
Good noms and good friends:
Andrew and Naomi have a large collection of Chris’s ceramics. This group, in the dining room, is called “Adaptive Radiation,” for they’re all variants on a common biological theme:
Here’s a photo of Chris from Harvard Magazine, in front of an exhibition he had at Harvard called “Life.” It displayed over a thouand pieces, and you can see both plantlike and animal-like forms: