Lighthearted essays about food and music. Intimate interviews with celeb chefs. Recipes of celeb chefs sung as songs. CD included.
“From freshly launched quirky indie publisher Black Balloon (whose launch email included the word "amazeballs") comes The Recipe Project: A Delectable Extravaganza of Food and Music a delightful and nerdy treat for the foodie-musicologist, transforming delicious recipes into singable, danceable songs, a straight shot to our omnibus of favorite cross-disciplinary cookbooks.”
Maria Popova, Atlantic.com, The Recipe Project: Recipes from Rock Star Chefs All Set to Song
“Thanks to a new book and CD called The Recipe Project the food and music worlds are not only colliding but collaborating. The creative minds behind this fusion are the members of the band One Ring Zero. And the end goal of all of this? Make recipes and food more accessible and fun.”
Time.com, Sing for Supper: Putting Top Chefs‘ Recipes to Music
"The book also has plenty of insightful musings from folks like David Chang, Jonathan Dixon and Bon Appetit's own Christine Muhlke, but the hook is with the album. By stylistically channeling the Beastie Boys and Bach to Bowie and Belly (with the latter's Tanya Donelly lending vocals on a track), the band's catchy recipe adaptations make for an engaging listen."
Michael Singer, Bon Appetit.com:, The Recipe Project Set Tom Colicchio's Recipes to Music
"We found the ideal background music for cooking: Lyrics on the album The Recipe Project from recipes by famous chefs. Food Network stars Aaron Sanchez and Michael Symon, among others, handed over their favorite recipes to the band One Ring Zero so they could turn them into catchy tunes.”
Food Network Magazine
"If you're really interested in exploring the relationship between food and music, I would suggest focusing on the essays and interviews. What I like about the album itself, though, is that it injects some much-needed levity into the topic of chefs and their food a subject which has become almost delusionally self-serious of late. It's hard to be reverential about a recipe when it's set to accordion music.”
Elizabeth Gunnison, Esquire.com, What Brains, Eggs, and the Beastie Boys Have in Common
“How can I explain? One Ring Zero &mdashone of those quirky Skinny White Guy bands that I say I don’t like and then deeply fixate on &mdashhas made songs out of recipes. They have taken cooking instructions from famous chefs and set them to music. Word for word. Measurements. Ingredients. Utensils. Everything.”
&mdash Lucky Magazine Online, Lucky Haul: Songs for Foodies
“For the project, One Ring Zero, a musical group led by New York multi-instrumentalists Joshua Camp and Michael Hearst, used recipes from platinum chefs like Mario Batali and Tom Colicchio as lyrics. Then they paired the spoken recipes to tunes done in various sonic styles, from banda to metal. The whole thing got served up with a side of informative food essays, making The Recipe Project a true feast for cuisine geeks. It’s a project worthy of the new breed of food pornographers, who have transformed cooking programming into an indulgent pleasure.”
Scott Thill, Wired.com, On The Recipe Project, One Ring Zero Sets Weird Dishes to Music
“Each chef got to pick their own musical style for their Shrimp Remoulade, Pickled Pumpkin or Tunisian chicken wings, all of which were served at the album’s launch party. In other words, the music is as diverse as the dishes.”
Rachel Wharton, NY1 Edible Segment: One Ring Zero Rocks Out To Celebrity Chef Recipes
“The chefs picked their own musical styles, from classic rock (Michael Symon) to Mexican banda (Aaron Sanchez) to rap (Chris Cosentino), creating a hilarious ode to all things musical and culinary. A CD of the songs comes packaged in a book by Black Balloon called The Recipe Project, edited by Oprah.com’s own Leigh Newman, which includes all the recipes (you can actually cook the dishes), plus interviews with the chefs (David Chang dishes on childhood violin lessons), original playlists by chefs, and essays on food and music by every kind and stripe of writer.”
Lynn Andriani, Oprah.com, Take Shrimp, Add Spicy Drumbeat, Make Song
“Between the covers, you'll find recipes, prose pieces, chef interviews, and yes, music. Pore through the pages and you'll be rewarded with some lovely food writing, delicious food, and toe-tapping tunes. It's a multi-sensory feast.”
Esther Sung, Epicurious.com, The Recipe Project: Putting Recipes to Music
“The CD and accompanying book sets to music recipes by such celebrity chefs as Mario Batali, John Besh and Aarón Sanchez. The recipes are sung complete, from the ingredients to the directions and serving sizes. It's infectious and catchy. So much so, I started singing recipes as I made them at home, like I had been infected with a melody virus.”
Jeff Houck, Tampa Bay Online, Snap, crackle, pop! What's your favorite food noise?
“The Recipe Project is one of the year's most ambitious books, combining interviews, essays, and recipes with a music CD to wondrous results. The project's combination of food, writing, and music works on every level.”
Largehearted Boy, Book Notes - Michael Hearst The Recipe Project
“Silly and smart all at once, a good gift for your musical foodie friends.”
The Denver Post, Yum Yum
"Need fun stuff for the super-music-nerd-foodie who has everything? Here ya go: Famous chefs’ recipes sungliterally sung, just as written ('1 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil,') to original pop music in styles ranging from power pop to acid klezmer (you’ll know it when you hear it), accompanied by a book of smart essays and thoughtful oddities. I’ll admit I’m glad they didn’t record Julia Child’s six-page recipe for cassoulet, which would fill an entire CDmaybe two. But if they ever do, I’m thinking a prog-rock style opus, a la 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.'"
Ted Allen, host of Food Network's Chopped, and former food and wine expert for Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
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David Chang: Fried Chicken, David Bowie, and Girlfriends who like Desperate Housewives.
David Chang is chef and owner of Momofuku Noodle Bar, Momofuku Ko, Momofuku Ssäm Bar, and Ma Peche in New York City. Famous for his pork buns and soft serve, Chang takes no reservations except for parties of six who promise to order a whole pork belly or triple-fried Korean chicken. He is the author of the Momofuku cookbook and appeared in Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2010.
RP: Let’s say you weren’t a chefhow many months of your life could you lose to music?
DC: I have almost 2 years worth of continuous music on my computer. A lot of it comes from the restaurantmanagers from bands come in and they're like, “Oh you're playing the band I represent!” and slide me some CDs. So my collection is a massive weird mix of stuff.
RP: And you make your own playlists, right? How’d you come up with the bizarre mix of Nina Simone and Smokey Robinson for La Peche, your newest place in midtown Manhattan?
DC: We started playing music for cooks, not the customers! At Noodle Bar, we used to blast it just to keep awake. Really loud music is great to cook to, but it’s weird because customers notice it, and pay more attention to the music than the food.
RP: You’ve got a kind of rock ‘n roll crowdwhen bands come into the restaurant, do you make a point to play their music?
DC: No! No no no, I make sure we don’t play their music while they’re there, it’s embarrassing. And my other rulewe don’t bother people. As wait staff, we have aspiring musicians and actors, and I will kill them if they approach anybody.
RP: Which brings us to your temper. What's the worst temper tantrum you've ever thrown?
DC: I should be in jail. I literally black out in rage. It's like temporary insanity. It's bad for my health, so I haven't gotten mad that madin a long time. Especially now that I'm rarely working service. Service is what kills me. On my feet, on the line. I just can't do the stress and perfectionism. I just want to make stuff.
RP: Let’s get pissed off now. What the fuck is wrong with food in America?
DC: With food, I love the very things I hate. Take comfort food. I think it's great if some restaurants do it, but again, if every restaurant's serving meat loaf and mashed potatoes and biscuits, it’s boring. I call that staff meal-ization. My chefs will go out to a restaurant and think, “This is our fuckin' staff meal! This is what we cook ourselves, between shifts!” I hate that sort of dumbing down of the culinary world.
RP: Do you think the same thing is happening with musicit’s getting dumbed down?
DC: I'm sort of disenchanted with the current music scene. For example, someone just told me, “I love Kings of Leon.” I was, like, (dumbfounded expression). I'm not a musician, but I feel like the musicianship in music has disappeared. The artistry. I hate Top 40. Then again, it's so easy to slam Britney Spears. Sometimes it takes me years to appreciate something. I wasn’t a huge Eminem fan until I actually listened to his stuff, and I was, like, wowhe’s extraordinarily talented.
RP: What about youhow do you compose your dishes? Some are so original, like cereal milktoasted cornflakes steeped in milk, then strainedthe milk is left with just a hint of salty sweet. How’d you come up with that?
DC: Right now, we have a lab where I spend most of my time. We want simple. Clear. We want a dish where people are like, Fuck! Why didn't I do that? It's so easy! As a team, we’ve reached a point of saturation, not so different with music, where it's like
.what do you do when everything's been done?
So we're focusing on things like rice. How can we get a better understanding of, say, a rice noodle, by making it from scratch without a stabilizer and high-tech machinery? By putting a creative limit or ceiling on what we can do, it forces us to really push the envelope.
RP: Would you say cooking requires artistry? Is it even an art?
DC: It's a mixture of craft and art. It can be an art depending on how pretentious you want it to be. That’s not the problem. It’s the entertainment side of the business that you want to watch out for. There’s real distinction between an entertainer and a chef. I've said some terrible things about Guy Fieri (from Minute to Win, and on the Food Network). I said I'd throw him down the stairs and kill him. I said I’d throw him down again to make sure. My oldest brother was like, “How can you make fun of Guy Fieri? He wears a wristband in honor of his son.” And I was like, “If it really mattered that much to him, he wouldn't fucking tell anybody! It'd be just between him and his son.” (laughs)
This whole thing is a marketing ploy. Is it great for food? No, I don't think so. Then again, people do what they have to do. Take Rachael Ray. Rachael Ray busts her ass. She never proclaimed she was a chef, not once. People wanna hate on her because she's massiveI used to be one of them. But Rachael Ray is fucking nice.
RP: If you went out to see a band and had a few beersokay 10 beers, what do you want to eat on the stumble home?
DC: My guilty drunken pleasure is chicken fingers. There's something about the fried chicken finger. We’re serving fried chicken at Noodle Barwhole, no fingers. It was born out of a contest between Peter Serpico (the chef at Ko) and myself, about who could create the crispiest chicken.
I made a Korean fried chickencrazy popular all over Asia and America right now. It's a triple fried bird, it's so crispy and spicy. Peter grew up in the Baltimore area, so he coated his in Old Bay seasoning. Anyway, we started this contest. We both just talked mad shit to each other. I was like, “This chicken is gonna break your fuckin' teeth ” It took a couple months. And I think it ended a tie. I never wanna fry another bird in my life.
RP: Do you cook for girls?
DC: I have cooked for a girlfriend. When she was sick. Chicken soup. That kind of thing.
RP: Did you check out her CD collection before you did it?
DC: Yeah. Kind of. Like one woman turned to me and said, “I need to see Lady Gaga.” And I was like, “Ohhhhhh no ”
What's that fucking TV show? Desperate Housewives? I dated this girl and normally if it hadn't been that she was extraordinarily good lookingthere would have been all these red flags. But in my head I just kept thinking, it's going to be okay, it's going to be okay. And then, it just all built upthe bad music, the bad TV. And books too, it's like, “What? You're reading what? John Grisham!? What the fuck??”
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