This could get lengthy, but I'll keep it brief.
Yes, lots. Mostly history, biography and philosophy as of
Daniele Bolielli, Christopher Ryan, Seneca, Pappa Hemingway, James
Salter, and Tom Robbins are all favorites.
For me it all starts with the The Godfather I and The Godfather II.
Let's pretend the third didn't happen. Anything by Quentin
Tarantino, Jim Jarmusch, and Scorsese. A Bronx Tail, Big Fish, A
Dog Day Afternoon, Apocalypse Now, and Roadhouse. Yes,
The Wire. The West Wing. The Daily Show. The Colbert Report. The
Game of Thrones. The Breaking Bad. The Friday Night Lights.
Everything from The Black Crowes to Stevie Ray Vaughn to The Punch
Brothers to A Tribe Called Quest to The Allman Brother Band to
AC/DC to Otis Redding to Sam Cooke to... you get the idea. I have a
great affinity for music from Tennessee. I grew up in a place where
most American music came from. Bluegrass, blues, country and rock n
roll all grew up in the fertile ground of the mid-South. Throw in a
little gospel and a lot jazz from NOLA and you get me. I consider
music my birthright. It's an enormous part of me.
I've been in the restaurant business for many years and have been
fortunate to work with some talented chefs. I don't have many
limits in regards to food, so long as it's real. I'm not big on
prepackaged stuff. I'm particularly fond of bacon, butter, lamb,
beef and veggies. Do understand, when talking about BBQ, there
isn't one kind. It's very regional and not all regions make good
BBQ, I'm looking at you North and South Carolina.