KH: It's going well. Print is so quaint and charming! We use paper and think about things for days at a time! It's fun.
KH: Please don't ask me math questions. It's painful for everyone involved.
KH: I do like ?uestlove.
KH: I'm from the Northeast and I grew up eating Italian food that my grandmother cooked for me. It's the kind of "simple Italian food" that peasants in Puglia eat because they are poor, but restaurateurs in Philly charge exorbitantly high prices for...
KH: My grandmother is still alive, so I'm going with her menu.
KH: Like most things in my life, it was by accident. I always wrote and I always ate a lot. Then I worked in restaurants. Then I started writing. There's no logic to it. If you want to be a successful food writer, you should go to law school.
KH: This job is not for cool kids. You have to be extremely dorky to get that obsessive about any subject and food nerds rival Trekkies for obsessive dorkiness. I always loved Jeffrey Steingarten's food writing in Vogue, though. And Bruni. And Regina Schrambling, who is contrarian and kind of amazing. Bourdain is great, too. I like good writing more than the subject matter and all of those people are excellent writers. And Philly's own Rick Nichols is the greatest man on Earth. If you ever meet him, you should buy him a drink.
KH: Clearly, people are not grumpy about the Food Network - its ratings keep going up. The people that are grumpy about it are the teeny-tiny minority of hard-core food nerds. This is why Gourmet magazine no longer exists and the Food Network magazine's circulation has multiplied. The masses really like the FN. But it is a bit of a gilded age, I think.
KH: It's annoying, but cooking is a brutal profession that generally pays poorly and destroys your body. You can't really fault anyone for trying to find a better way to make money. Don't knock the hustle. Having said that, you couldn't pay me to go to one of those shows.
KH: Can't we all just get along?
KH: In addition to not doing math, I also don't make predictions. Unless I'm getting paid for it, in which case, I will say whatever you want to hear.
KH: See above.