I promised you more Amelia Morris goodness on Sabzi and here it is. When I first dreamed up Sabzi, I knew I wanted to have an interview feature and before I even had a blog, I knew I wanted to interview Amelia. After reading her book, I wanted to interview her even more! So without further ado, here is Amelia from the wonderful blog, Bon Appétempt.
1. How did you get into cooking?
The long answer to this question is in the book! The short answer is that I was a graduate student with no money who had recently moved from Los Angeles, which offered myriad take-out options to a much smaller city, which didn’t, and I was hungry—especially for something more satisfying than an Amy’s Organic frozen pizza.
3. What are your favorite films (not necessarily related to food)?
I am taking the word favorite here to mean films that I have watched more than a couple of times and/or would be happy to rewatch just about anytime.
Lost in Translation
2 Days in Paris
The Red Shoes
Pride and Prejudice
Legends of the Fall
All the Real Girls4. What is your breakfast routine?
I would say that I have eaten cereal with some form of milk (usual almond these days) for about 97% of my life’s breakfasts. The only way I mix it up is with different cereals—I’m quite partial to the brand, Barbara’s. This is always followed up with coffee, which I drink with the aforementioned half and half (and sugar).5. This is a 2 part question: what are a few of your favorite cookbooks and what is the last recipe you made from a cookbook?
I can always count on Alice Waters’ The Art of Simple Food. I also love anything by Nigel Slater and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. That said, ever since having my first kid (a little over a year ago now), I barely open cookbooks anymore. I’m trying to remedy this (while also getting us out of the current food rut that we’re in) with Marcella Hazan’s Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking, which I picked up a few months ago. Last week, I made her Chicken Cacciatore and it was so simple and delicious.6. Can you recommend a restaurant in your town/city?
I sure can! What are you in the mood for? A special night out at a seafood-centric place that happens to offer one of the most delicious salads I’ve ever tasted? (The Hungry Cat.) But maybe you’d like mediocre French food served to you by a waiter in his eighties in a fabulously old-school establishment that’s been in east Los Angeles since 1927? (Taix.) Or perhaps you just want some super flavorful (and surprisingly affordable) Taiwanese-Chinese food? (Pine and Crane.) The list could go on and on! This city is an amazing place for food.
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Thanks, Amelia! I love that beautiful beet and goat cheese terrine. Here’s hoping we can share a meal in beautiful Los Angeles one day. For those of you who have not picked up Amelia’s book yet, go and do it! And, happy Valentine’s day, everyone! xo