The menu I created for Saffron is based on an ancient Thai philosophy in which dishes are prepared especially for the diner’s good health and well-being. This philosophy explains that good food nurtures our health by maintaining a balance of our body’s elements: earth, water, wind and fire. Food prepared with this philosophy keeps us in equilibrium with nature. This means cooking with seasonal and, if possible, local ingredients. Food, according to the Thais, is our preventative medicine.