He just turned 78 on Sunday, though, and the Kentucky resident is not especially keen on travel, although his presence is much in demand. “I’m saying no to just about everything these days,” Mr. Berry said on the phone on Tuesday. “I have work to do, still, and traveling is work. It isn’t very productive work, and it isn’t very pleasant. Driving is a strain and flying is an insult to the flesh and spirit.”
Nevertheless, Mr. Berry makes a journey when “I think it’s most needed,” he said, which is why he will be coming to New York in October to take part in the annual James Beard Foundation Food Conference.
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