“[Corporate control of pop music] is the death of art and it’s killing young people because it is just like fast food. It may taste good at first but after you eat it for many years you might just get really fat or sick and die. I would just like to feed my fans good food”—Lady Gaga talking to BBC One’s The Culture Show
“You talk to musicians, and they’ll say, “Oh, I did my best work when I was young, before I became well-known, before the pressure of going out there, before the pressure of having to make a follow-up record.” I did my best work when I was 26… I was much more creative because when I was 26 and running a restaurant, I didn’t really care. I cared, but wasn’t focused on the business side of things at all because I was young and didn’t realize there was a business side. For me, it was just every day you bleed for your craft. I was much more creative because I didn’t care about failure, because I wasn’t successful yet. Without tasting success, you’re not afraid of failure.”—
i can’t exactly remember when it happened but, at some point, I realized that my lego shield had been struck by cupid when I began to hold ferran adria and jiro in the same high regard previously only reserved for say… jay dilla.
i too dreamed of sushi or techno emotional cuisine in the same vein as dreaming of new breakbeats or organizing harmony. so i dabble and ate and studied and ate and dreamed and ate becoming friends with some of the greatest chefs on the entire planet. the top ones cook like the best jazzmen, like gil or bill evans. they’re thoughtful, nerdy, sensitive types, dreamers that waltz for the debs or pull deliciousness out of their cool.
Questlove waxes poetic over the closing of his fried chicken place in New York City
"The customer is rarely right. And that is why you must seize the control of the circumstance and dominate every last detail: to guarantee that they’re going to have a far better time than they ever would have had if they tried to control it themselves."
—Charlie Trotter in the New York Times, March 30, 2011
Send in any remembrances of Chef Trotter, and we’ll post a selection as they come in.
Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr kicked off this week’s episode of Good Food on KCRW talking about what it’s like to tour as a band that keeps gluten free. Its set to music from their new album “Speed of Things” which came out this week.