"I don't like to waste meals," says David Simon, creator of The Wire and Treme. He loves to find dishes that he hasn't tasted before—bites that surprise and challenge. "I feel it more keenly now that I'm middle-aged," Simon says. "It makes me angry that I didn't crack a crab until I was 13. I'm still bitter about that."
On this week's Special Sauce, I talk to Simon—one of the smartest, funniest, and most thoughtful serious eaters I have ever broken bread with—about how his years as a beat reporter made their way into his television work. He shares how homicide detectives use a McDonald's order to get info out of suspects. And he reveals his secret to losing weight: "I got out of New Orleans," he says, "where batter is a food group."
Tune in to this week's episode to find out about the fascinating new pilots he's working on for HBO, plus his stories about the dishes he grew up eating. It's a good time, I promise—this is a man who says he dreams of inviting Abraham Lincoln, Richard Pryor, and Mark Twain to dine with him on a desert island. "If you can't be funny, I don't want you there."
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