Books - Depends on the weather. Russian novels in the fall, Russian
poetry in the spring... that sort of thing.
Movies - Ones with a little age on them. Woody and/or the Coen
Brothers usually do the trick.
Shows - Seinfeld, the original and best. Lately, it's also been
just about anything with Alton Brown in it. That man is both a riot
and a genius.
Food - I'm somewhat picky, and tend to be partial to my chemistry
experiments (things like steamed plantains,
zaatar-instead-of-cilantro guacamole and
slightly-slower-than-a-food-truck falafel), when they turn out
well. While I'm a bit prone to succumbing to the latest thing I
read about food, I generally try to do my homework as to why this
or that food is the way it is.
Music - Op. 111... or Op. 106. Those are probably my favorites, but
there are also Opp. 2, 7, 10, 13, 14, 22, 26, 27, 31, 49, 53, 54,
57, 78, 79, 81, 90, 101, 109, 110. I like to throw 120 in there
too, but that one is an entirely separate conversation... And if
you're not up for figuring out what the numbers mean, see
How many guys in their 80's can do that???