If you’re a Top Chef and/or Food Network junkie and missed this article in last Sunday’s NY Times Magazine, you might want to check it out.
This is not news to anyone who’s known me for more than five minutes, but I’m a huge Michael Pollan fan. I remember being at an event several years back when he wasn’t well known (yet) and in a room filled with glitterati, he was the one I was most eager to meet. I had to laugh yesterday when someone complained on set that this brilliant intellectual ‘Just can’t shut up!’ [If I told you who said it, you’d laugh hysterically at the irony…but then I’d have to kill you (please note: this just an expression of speech.)] I, for one, am happy MP keeps on writing, talking and getting people to listen. I say Bravo! — yes, as in Top Chef.
The Erwin Olaf photos that accompany the article are phenomenal (these are just a few of them). How fun would it have been to style that shoot?!?
There are a whole slew of priceless quotes in the article and Mario Battali’s made me laugh out loud: “Look, it’s TV! Everyone has to fall into a niche. I’m the Italian guy. Emeril’s the exuberant New Orleans guy with the big eyebrows who yells a lot. Bobby’s the grilling guy. Rachael Ray is the cheerleader-type girl who makes things at home the way a regular person would. Giada’s the beautiful girl with the nice rack who does simple Italian food. As silly as the whole Food Network is, it gives us all a soapbox to talk about the things we care about.”