Authors that changed my life: Alan Watts, Joseph Campbell, Howard
Zinn, Noam Chomsky, Sogyal Rinpoche, Lao Tse, Vonnegut, Bukowski,
Camus, Tom Robbins, John Irving, Irvine Welsh, Garcia Marquez, Sor
Juana Ines de la Cruz. Right now I'm eyebrow deep in nutrition
journal articles and textbooks.
Music: lately, Kimya Dawson, Blockhead, Bonobo, Intocable. But
anything and everything. This week I am listening to a lot of
Mexican banda because I'm in an accordion sort of mood. Last week
was a lot of dj stuff, and I went to a few metal shows last month.
Anything that has some FUCKING heart, and that is made to be art
and not a commodity will get an honest and open listen from
UPDATE: I'm on a visual media fast for Lent (I'm not Catholic, it
just makes it easy to calendar). So no Hulu, Netflix or movies
until Easter. It'll be curious to see how I end up filling my
mindless time, hopefully something productive.
Movies: I watch more documentaries than can possibly be healthy. If
it's about political/financial corruption, food, ancient history,
or aliens and it's on Netflix then I've probably seen it.
TV: I get obsessive about TV shows, and when I do I can go through
a season in a couple days, or a series in a week or two. Freaks and
Geeks was amazing and I can't believe that I just discovered it. I
just tore through all 6 seasons of Dr Who (the 2006 reboot), and
loved it. I realized recently that I tend to be drawn to
hyper-rational problem solving protagonists (Dr. Who, MacGyver,
Sherlock Holmes, John Stewart, Temperance Brennan, Indiana Jones)
who don't resort to violence. New Girl, Daily Show, Stand-up
comedy, Parks and Rec. And lots of other stuff.
I take food very seriously, and I see myself transitioning into a
career around food within the next year. I'm not sure yet in what
capacity, but I find my bliss in the kitchen, and around food in
general, so its worth pursuing.
I'm trying to walk the walk of the budding nutritionist and eat as
little processed food as I can (read: I try to make sure my food is
nutrient dense and hasn't had all the nutrients stripped, boiled or
bleached out of it.). Monsanto is a menace to humanity, and I am an
activist for all things organic and against all things GMO. I'm not
anti-science, I just have a problem with a chemical company
monopolizing food production and seed genetics so they can sell
more poison. I like my veggies fresh and local and my meat and eggs
pastured, and though I personally don't have any dietary
restrictions or sensitivities I find it fun to put constraints on
myself in the kitchen and cook for my friends who do.
Many years living abroad and travel have taught me that being a
picky eater limits a person's ability to experience a culture and a
place. I won't eat humans or endangered animals, but anything else
is pretty much fair game. With that said I am mostly vegetarian,
and I really appreciate local and organic whenever possible, but I
also live in the Bay area and have that luxury. Recent kitchen
experiments include: a no cook/low cook black bean and tortilla
soup, smoked sea salt, gluten-free pineapple scones, and some
awesome spice blends (taco seasoning, raita blend, beef rub,
Also, If you say the words "Chinese food" and "Panda Express" in
the same sentence, I get a little miffed.