Give Diaz a chance

Emily Patrick’s June 26 portrayal of Hector Diaz in “The Many Lives of Hector Diaz” is further evidence that she has raised the bar for food writing in Asheville. Very nicely, and thoroughly, done.

I know there are Hector detractors among my friends and I respect those opinions. I've known Hector since 1994, and he's still a mystery to me. But he can change — give him some time.

Case in point, he opened Salsa in 1994 — not Salsa's. I remember when he reluctantly gave in to both customers and staff who continually referred to the restaurant as Salsa's, and he put up a new sign.

Hector's emotions run in many directions; this describes most of us. When I gave his hot sauce a favorable review in my book, A Field Guide to Hot Sauces, he caught up with me on the street and kissed me on the lips, as anyone from Puerto Rico might.

There's a lot of love in this man. And not just for food.

— Todd Kaderabek

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