Preparing petits fours in the kitchen of restaurant Daniel, of Chef Daniel Boulud, in New York City

Preparing petits fours in the kitchen of restaurant Daniel, of Chef Daniel Boulud, in New York City (© Owen Franken).

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A Chinese smoker in Suzhou

A Chinese smoker in Suzhou (© Owen Franken).

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Plating a dish in the kitchen of the French restaurant Daniel, a top eatery in New York

Plating a dish in the kitchen of the French restaurant Daniel, a top eatery in New York (© Owen Franken).

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The courtyard of the 400-year-old Hospital St. Louis, Paris

The courtyard of the 400-year-old Hospital St. Louis, Paris (© Owen Franken).

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Chef Pierre Gagnaire in the kitchen of his three-star Paris restaurant (© Owen Franken/photographed for the New York Times).

Chef Pierre Gagnaire in the kitchen of his three-star Paris restaurant (© Owen Franken/photographed for the New York Times).

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Rooster in Ibadan, Nigeria (© Owen Franken).

Rooster in Ibadan, Nigeria (© Owen Franken).

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New Year's Eve 2007 on the Champs Elysee. Franken's son, Tunui (far right), his girlfriend, Cecile (to his left), and his daughter (far left), Manui (© Owen Franken).

New Year's Eve 2007 on the Champs Elysee. Franken's son, Tunui (far right) with his girlfriend, Cecile, and Franken's daughter (far left), Manui (© Owen Franken).

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