The founding editor of the New York Times’s new cooking section and former restaurant critic waxes on about wild game

When is your favorite time of day?

Just before dawn, when all is possibility.

Where do you sleep best?

In silent hotel rooms with blackout curtains.

What is the best way to recharge your batteries?

Find the fish. Cast the right fly to them. Catch and release. Repeat.

Where do you most successfully use your energy?

At the keyboard.

Where do you waste the most energy?

At the keyboard.

When are you most depleted?

At the very end of the day, near the end of whatever it is I’m writing or editing or cooking or building, not yet done but close.

What is the last thing you ate?

I made a smoothie for the kids–fresh strawberries and a few pieces of frozen peach, a splash of fresh squeezed orange juice, and a couple heaping tablespoons of Greek yogurt. Then I drank it.

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When are you hungry?

Working as a restaurant critic schooled me well. I’m most hungry right before dinner. But that’s not set in stone. Does it look delicious? Does it smell sublime? …


He may not cook as well as he plays tennis, but this phenom knows his way around a grill…

When is your favorite time of day?

Sunset.

Where do you sleep best?

Next to my wife, Susanna.

What is the best way to recharge your batteries?

Strumming a guitar or spending time on a golf course with my family and friends.

Where is your energy most successfully applied?

Problem solving. Whether it’s a work or personal issue or something at home that is broken, I like fixing things. I’m not too good at sitting around.

Where do you waste the most energy?

Getting frustrated at things I can’t control, like the latest news.

When are you most depleted?

When I am jet-lagged.

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Courier in his apartment in NOHO — August 2nd, 2014.

What was the last thing you ate?

Chicken tacos. They were simple and delicious.

When are you hungry?

Exercise is the usual trigger. …


Wine geek extraordinaire and owner/sommelier of
St. Vincent Tavern in San Francisco is always hungry

When is your favorite time of day?

Dusk is nice.

Where do you sleep best?

In my bed, on my right side.

What is the best way to recharge your batteries?

Reading something good.

Where is your energy most successfully applied?

Being a dad.

Where do you waste the most energy?

Inside my head.

When are you most depleted?

Driving home after a busy night in my restaurant.

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“Selfie” taken at St Vincent, SF, CA

What is the last thing you ate?

A chocolate chip cookie from the bakery next door.

When are you hungry?

Always.

What was the last thing you cooked?

A fresh marinara (with killer tomatoes from Free Spirit Farm in Winters, CA).

If you were a food, what would you be?

A meatball. Everyone likes meatballs.

Describe the perfect meal, what and where?

Grilled ribeye, corn and tomato salad, good bread. Chilled chianti classico. On my deck with my family.

What is your favorite olympic event?

Downhill skiing.

What was the last live performance you saw?

Dave Chappelle.

With which artist of all time do you most identify?

It’s a tie between Philip Roth and Sly Stone.

Who is your favorite literary character?

Nathan Zuckerman.

what is your favorite method of travel?

A boat’s the best if you can make it happen.

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Adriatic in Italy.

Where would you live if you could live anywhere?

Rome, Italy.

What food do you want served at your funeral?

Hot dogs or some other hand-held food to allow for theatrical grieving. And good white wine.

What is your favorite luxury?

Good wine, preferably from a magnum.

Bonus question: Where and what was in the most memorable glass of wine you drank in the last year?

Click here to see David Lynch’s answer.

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Mario Batali

Food, like most things, is best when left to its own simple beauty.

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