“The rituals attending the preparation, serving, and consumption of food can be hilarious,” says New Yorker regular and former art and cartoon editor Lee Lorenz. Grab a laugh in our November 2 Humor issue, courtesy of Lorenz and fellow cartoonists Charles Barsotti and Victoria Roberts. Here’s a quick Q&A with Roberts to amuse your gueule:
GL: What’s funny about food?
VR: The exquisite pleasure it can give, and consequently how “over the top” people can become about flavors and cooking and restaurants. I love the madeleine bringing back a flood of memories for Proust and imagine someone trying to do this via chicken Divan and failing.
GL: Your breakfast this morning?
VR: Oatmeal with flax seeds and coffee in a very large cup with a dash of skim milk. I always have the same breakfast, though this may change, as I discovered, at 77th and Lex, a french toast bagel! Sounds almost as dangerous as the “pretzel croissant” available at City Bakery. Dangerous fusion cooking.
GL: What do you do when not cartooning?
Right now, I’m illustrating a novel I wrote that will be published by Norton in December 2012. It’s set in Central Park, so I am there a lot, getting reference and always stopping at Sant Ambroeus for a cappuccino on the way home. It’s the best cup of coffee in New York City, and you can have it standing up, Italian style, and get small sandwiches–tramezzini.
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