Questlove, co-founder of The Roots, musical director for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, a NYTimes bestselling author and food enthusiast has released a new kind of food book; somethingtofoodabout: Exploring Creativity with Innovative Chefs (Clarkson Potter; on sale 4/12/16; $30.00; hardcover) by Questlove with Ben Greenman is all about art, craft, creativity, and food, and features fascinating conversations with ten inspiring chefs on what makes their creative clocks tick.
somethingtofoodabout takes readers around the country: not only to New York City, where Questlove is currently based, but to up-and-coming culinary hotspots like Austin and Philadelphia (the city of his birth). Questlove also goes west to Los Angeles, north to Portland, and south to New Orleans, speaking with chefs about their personal histories, their creative processes, and their insights into innovation in food.
Punctuated by still life photography inspired by the masters by renowned photographer Kyoko Hamada, and with a foreword by Anthony Bourdain, somethingtofoodabout introduces us to the hidden things that influence some of America’s best chefs, and sparks our own curiosities about food as a cultural experience.
Drummer, DJ, producer, culinary entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author, and member of The Roots-Questlove is the unmistakable heartbeat of Philadelphia’s most influential hip-hop group. He is the musical director for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where his beloved Roots crew serves as house band. Beyond that, this 4-time Grammy award-winning musician’s indisputable reputation has landed him musical directing positions with everyone from D’Angelo to Eminem to Jay-Z. Questlove has also released two books, including the New York Times bestseller Mo’ Meta Blues and Soul Train: The Music, Dance and Style of a Generation. One of his latest endeavors includes scoring Chris Rock’s film Top Five, and also working as the music supervisor. He also recently produced the Grammy-award winning Original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton, alongside Alex Lacamoire, Bill Sherman, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter. He will also serve as the executive music producer and composer on the A&E Mini series Roots.
Questlove made his way into the culinary world with his signature “Love’s Drumstick.” Currently, Questlove is hosting a series of Food Salons with world-renowned and innovative chefs at his Financial District apartment in the New York by Gehry building. Questlove has appeared as a guest judge on Top Chef Season 11. His interest in food and his own culinary endeavors have been featured on the cover of New York magazine, in Food & Wine and Bon Appétit,and seen on The View, Watch What Happens Live, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He is a celebrity ambassador for Food Bank for New York City, is on the City Harvest Food Council, is a board member of Edible Schoolyard and the Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD). Questlove is also a founding member of the CAPA Foundation in Philadelphia.
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About the Book
Exploring Creativity with Innovative Chefs
On sale 4/12/2016
ISBN: 9780553459425; Hardcover; $30.00