A Delicious Interview With Steve Albini

A few days ago we mentioned Steve Albini’s delicious, detailed food blog, where he cataloged his cooking experiences. Most of the recipes were Italian, and most were lovingly prepared for his wife, Heather. LA Weekly sent Albini a few questions via email about the connections between cooking and recording/making music, along with some questions about pasta, food personalities, and restaurants. One question I wish they asked him: How do you prepare the perfect rare steak (see above)? Some highlights:

On cooking vs. making music:
“… when cooking I really want Heather or whomever I’m feeding to like what I make, while in the band we’re pretty much exclusively concerned with pleasing ourselves. A lot of musicians are good cooks, and a lot of cooks are musicians, but I think that may just be a result of the creative impulse finding several means of expression. Probably an equivalent number are visual artists, woodworkers or compulsive liars.”

On why he loves pasta:
“In heaven, after antipasti, the first course will be pasta.”

On TV food personalities:
“Most TV cooking is repulsive. Frathouse cocksuckers with gimmick hairdos and catch phrases, hooting and hi-fiving, ‘bringing it,’ celebrating gluttonous sports bar chow. Dipshits abbreviating their ingredients and making childish, cutesy-poo ‘comfort food’ full of ‘yummy veggies,’ shit like that. Detestable.”

On feeding your poker table:
“Poker dudes include smokers, slobs and people who are both distracted and numb to disappointment, so use strong flavors and an abundance of small items.”

I think Steve Albini could raise a lot of money for something auctioning off a home-cooked meal, if only there were a way to filter crazies from trying to win. Check out his blog again, he’s updated with a tasty polenta and ragu, and a skirt steak dinner that comes with a food quote from David Yow.

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