Jicama, which is one of my favorite things in the summer, looks like a really horrendous root vegetable, which it is - it's like a hybrid of a potato and an apple, but you can eat it raw.
I love fishy anchovies and sardines and that kind of stuff.
My dream kitchen would have a massive island with some beautiful slab of stone, a huge fridge, possibly even a walk-in - I just want it to be a plethora of fruits and veggies. I would have a nice bar area, too.
I'm very frugal, so I don't like to shop because I'm afraid everything is going away.
I'm someone who's experienced impostor syndrome - as I think a lot of people have with their careers, especially when they pursue what they're passionate about, because they want to be good at it. I've experienced that as a gay man; I've experienced that as a cook, as a gallery director, as a student of psychology.
I am not as knowledgeable about the struggle for gay rights, for our history, the way some of my castmates or other gay men I know are.
I'm a big Hemingway and Salinger fan.
I'd lived in West Virginia on and off for four to five years growing up. I'm familiar with Bible Belt, with Appalachia, 'Hillbilly Elegy.'
I tend to be more of an introvert when I'm traveling. I do a lot of people-watching and espresso-drinking.
Eggplants are finicky, complicated, and often misunderstood. If you know how to treat one well, then it shows that you have know-how and dedication.
Parsley goes really nicely with everything. It adds a nice lightness; it wakes up a dish.
I get really manic on set, and then to just get myself to a place where I'm alone in my apartment again, it's like this recalibrating thing that happens.
Polish people have a wit and sarcasm. They're gentle but still very strong. Like, they love beer, which is traditionally so manly, but they'll put a spoonful of jam in it to sweeten it up. They're this wonderful mix of hard and soft.
When I was around 18, I got kicked out of my parents' house, and I wasn't allowed to take anything with me. I slept on YMCA towels for a whole semester in university before my father found out and bought me a mattress. I felt really free because I was finally living on my own, but I was also really depressed because I had nothing.
If I want to hear a voice, Lana Del Rey is very soothing, and I could just listen to her on repeat, but my real go-to that's been very consistent for at least the past ten years is Miles Davis.
I was raised in Montreal, which is very multicultural, very liberal. Then I moved to New York.
Montreal is just so multicultural and ethnic and diverse, and it's what makes us special. I say 'us' like I still live there, but I still do feel like a Montrealer.
Blue cheese and dates are really good if you wrap it in prosciutto. Roast it at about 400 degrees. I love having it with Fullman's mustard.
For every new thing that I buy, I have to throw something out.
I could not be more thrilled to be writing about the recipes I love and think are essential to any novice home cook, professional, and somewhere in between.