15 Jan 2007 01:54 pm
After a childhood spent refusing to eat vegetables and any cheese that wasn’t yellow, Dave somehow became a cooking enthusiast. He’s spent the last 20 years amusing himself in the kitchen and learning new recipes, new ingredients, and new techniques. He often produces dishes he calls “Mexican” or “Italian,” even though his pot-roast influenced, Midwestern upbringing prohibits all claims of authenticity over these cuisines. He was until recently living on the border of Carroll Gardens & Cobble Hill in Brooklyn, where there’s not a megasupermarket in sight and where he found his groceries at the Borough Hall Greenmarket and in small, unique, family-owned markets. He’s recently relocated to Williamsburg and is now discovering the foodways of this very different Brooklyn.
A devotee of farmers markets, Dave continually seeks out fresh and often unusual ingredients at their seasonal peak, and strives to use them before they go bad in his fridge. After regaling his friends one too many times with his odd enthusiasm over ramps and June peas and farm-raised bacon, he turned to his many imaginary friends on the internet, hoping to find there an audience for his musings about food. Dave expects that one day he will render his own lard.