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Books - Mark Twain - Vagabonding, Last Night a DJ Saved My Life,
Cheese Primer, Twain's Feast, Orson Scott Card, Tolkien, Bourdain.
I have always wanted to read H.P. Lovecraft, but for whatever
reason that hasn't happened yet. Once upon a time, I was really
into Stephen King and Dean Koontz, and read most books that they
had written, but that has passed... I often now do the nerdiest
thing a cook could do and read cookbooks as if they're novels :
Julia Child, Thomas Keller, Eric Ripert, Jacques Pepin, etc.
Movies - I have grown increasingly bored with modern Hollywood
movies, and feel that they are (often) cliche and uncreative. That
has led me to pursue foreign filmography in recent years. My
preference is for action or drama films, while comedy is rather hit
or miss. Some favorite films are : The Good the Bad the Weird,
Slumdog Millionaire, Outsourced, Batman Begins, Delicatessen.
Mongol, Ong Bak, Dead Snow, Defiance, Flame & Citron, Team
America, Office Space. Also, George Romero is a bit of a hero to
me. I'm not against American cinema, I just don't pay much
attention to it anymore.
Shows - Doctor Who, South Park, Archer, Jericho, Heroes, Alphas,
Bizarre Foods (yes, he's kind of rude and insensitive, but I still
love learning about unique culinary traditions around the world),
No Reservations, Layover, Game of Thrones, Spartacus, Skins, Hell
on Wheels, Supernatural, Parts Unknown, Game of Thrones, Orange is
the New Black, Cheers, Frasier .... Wow, all these shows listed by
a guy who used to brag about how he hadn't watched TV since he was
19. Damn you Netflix, you are Kryptonite.
Music - Electronic, swing, latin jazz, punk, ska, bollywood, hip
hop, funk, rock, did I say ska? I fucking love ska. This is only a
smattering. Okay, you know how most people say they like everything
besides country? Fuck them. They only listen to Top 40 stuff. I
have only ever found one genre that I (mostly) dislike : blues. To
me, every music tradition has good aspects. Some artists are good,
some are bad, each genre has a varying degree.
Some of the more important artists/singers/producers/bands to me
are : David Bowie, Aphex Twin, Rancid, David Byrne, Talking Heads,
Clash, Joe Strummer, Louis Prima, Brian Eno, Ray Charles, George
Harrison, the Beatles, A.R. Rahman, the Specials, Mad Caddies,
Transplants, Hall & Oates, Michael Jackson etc. This is a topic
I can talk about for not just hours, but days to be honest.
I am currently in the middle of an extremely nerdy music research
project, which I would love to talk to you about if you're
Food : Any and all, but especially cuisines that value having a
large variety at the table - Indian, Korean, Japanese, etc. As a
cook, I have an insanely open mind about eating.
Footnote, I am the organizer for a group of foodies in Seattle that
for 3 years explored the Seattle food scene bi-weekly, and has just
recently started again. Message me if you're curious.
Games : Munchkin, D&D (I always preferred 3.5, but have
recently been converted to Pathfinder), Dominion, Risk, Fable,
Elder Scrolls, Grand Theft Auto. I have recently begun playing
through all the Sierra games I can get my hands on. Points if you
know what Sierra is.