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Interviews with... Chris Kimball

Chris Kimball
Founder and editor of Cook's Illustrated magazine and also host of America's Test Kitchen

Cookbook: The first album/CD/eight track you bought?
CK: Meet the Beatles.

Cookbook: What was your first car?
CK: 1961 VW Beetle, white.

Cookbook: Your favourite junk food?
CK: Mallo cups.

Cookbook: What kitchen gadget, or piece of equipment can't you live without?
CK: My custom chef's knife.

Cookbook: Your favourite ingredient, or food?
CK: Apple pie, with Vermont cheddar cheese

Cookbook: Most over-rated ingredient, or food?
CK: Coriander.

Cookbook: What was the first cookbook you used?
CK: Two books actually, The James Beard Cookbook and The Joy of Cooking.

Cookbook: Your favourite authors, doesn't have to be cookbook authors?
CK: William Manchester, Jan Willem van de Wetering (Dutch mystery writer).

Cookbook: Your favourite city?
CK: Fez, Morroco - having just visited!

Cookbook: What is your greatest extravagance/indulgence?
CK: My children.

Cookbook: Your favourite movie?
CK: Murder My Sweet, based on the Raymond Chandler novel.

Cookbook: What was your first job?
CK: My first full time job was at a photo processing lab at 45th St and 3rd in New York, lots of chemicals! But my first summer job was milking cows, much more fun.

Cookbook: What kind of music do you like?
CK: Grateful Dead and Italian Opera, not necessarily together.

Cookbook: Your favourite sports team?
CK: Red Sox!

Cookbook: Your pet peeve when dining out?
CK: Waiters who want to be my friend.

Cookbook: Your favourite drink?
CK: Old fashioned.

Cookbook: If you could change one thing in the food & wine industry what would it be?
CK: Make entrees as good as appetizers!

Cookbook: Who has been the biggest influence on your career?
CK: Marie Briggs, the local town baker, who also cooked for her neighbour Norman Rockwell.

Cookbook: What four people, alive or dead, would you invite to dinner? (assuming you would invite your significant other to have six around the dinner table!)
CK: Calvin Coolidge, John Mortimer, Mark Twain, Billie Holiday.

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