Favorite comfort food?
Beans. I love them - baked, boiled, broiled, sauteed, mashed, you name it. I like all shapes, sizes, colors, and kinds.
Most (all?) of the coffee shops in my neighborhood aren't using organic milk. It's frustrating because I don't like to start my day with a cappuccino or latte made from milk from cows that have been pumped full of bovine growth hormones--but it happens on occasion. I just try to minimize it or drink tea at home.
Describe your perfect meal.
The perfect meal - good friends in the kitchen cooking and then enjoying that food together. Aside from that, enjoying a San Francisco burrito on a warm night while sitting on the steps beneath Coit Tower is hard to beat.
What food won't you eat?
I'm vegetarian - I don't eat meat (fish, goat, rabbit, cow, chicken, deer, Pig, etc). Beyond that, I'm game for just about anything. I have a theory that if I don't enjoy eating something it is likely because I haven't had it prepared well (by me or someone else)...
What's an unexplored food you'd like to try?
I'd like to further learn about (and experience more) Shojin cooking--Japanese Zen monastery cuisine.
Favorite food person?
There are so many! I'm having a hard time choosing just one. How about a list of a few of the people I admire for not only doing interesting work in the food (or wine) worlds, but also for carving out their own paths--and on top of that, for being genuinely nice/cool people.
- June Taylor: June Taylor Organic Preserves
- Carl Doumani: Quixote Winery
- Amy Franceschini: Victory Gardens 2007+
- Ben Ripple: Big Tree Farms Bali
- Molly Stevens: food writer and instructor
- Dan Barber: king of Blue Hill at Stone Barns
- Andrea Nguyen: food writer and instructor
When did you first realize you were a serious eater?
I was a picky kid. I think I'm making up for lost time (and meals) now.
What do your family and friends think of your food obsessions?
I think they enjoy being the recipients of my (seemingly endless) recipe testing. Another bonus is that they also get all my pass-along cookbooks.
Favorite food sites or blogs?
This is tough! Picking favorites is never easy for me. A few personal favorites:
- Food Blog S'cool: A great resource for the growing community of food bloggers.
- Michael Ruhlman's blog: Never a dull moment here.
- Rancho Gordo's New World Kitchen: Steve Sando (my favorite bean producer) recently set up a blog. He focuses on new world ingredients which is an area of interest to me. I like to see what he is cooking, where he is traveling, and the various cooking techniques he uses.
- Ideas in Food: A culinary sketchbook of sorts. I love the way Alex and Aki workshop ideas, the way they attempt to look at ingredients in new ways, and the way they talk through their percieved successes and failures.
- Nigel Slater on Food