Maximum Consumption

Maximum Consumption: il gato eats SF

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When I sat down with il gato for this week's cover story, I also grilled the band about their favorite local eateries. And they had some pretty serious opinions on the matter. Below is a transcript of our food-loving conversation:

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Maximum Consumption: Singing and slinging with One Ring Zero

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This is the first installment of our new series, Maximum Consumption, an unseasoned look at the increasingly overlapping fields of music and culinary arts. So if you're in a band and looking to talk chop, or a chef that moonlights as an acoustic guitar-playing busker, we'd like to talk to you.

An enticing little book landed on my desk last week. It's part cookbook, part music journalism, part rock opus, and hell, part coffee table book. The Recipe Project (subhead "A Delectable Extravaganza of Food and Music) is a concept spearheaded by New York-based gypsy-klezmer act One Ring Zero. The band's co-founders, Michael Hearst and Joshua Camp, created songs using the recipes of well-known chefs (Mario Batali, Isa Chandra Moskowitz, Chris Cosentino) as the word-for-word lyrics. The meals themselves served as musical influence; each recipe inspired a different sound.

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