- Josh Homme, the lead singer/guitar player of the metal band Queens of the Stone Age, recently shared a letter that the late Anthony Bourdain wrote to his daughter, Camille, after she saw a preview for an episode of Parts Unknown featuring her dad and a smashed guitar. “Know that that was in fact, not really Daddy’s guitar, and that we were both just playing around,” Bourdain explained in his note to Camille. “When you watch the show, I hope that there is nothing else in there that upsets you,” he also wrote. “You will surely see how completely brilliant Daddy is at work.” Homme shared the full letter on the three-week anniversary of Bourdain’s death, with a special message for the Kitchen Confidential author’s 11-year-old daughter, Ariane.
Tony, I miss you bad. Once, Camille was so mad at you. She was defending me. & So were you. Ariane, this was your father. Humbly yours, Joshua pic.twitter.com/sR3mwO5WBI— QOTSA (@qotsa) June 29, 2018
- Singer/songwriter John Legend does not want to weigh in on the whole Sarah Huckabee Sanders/Red Hen fracas. When a TMZ reporter asked him about the incident last week, Legend replied, “Reunite the fucking kids with their families, then we’ll talk about Sarah Sanders and her fucking dinners.”
- In other John Legend news, the musician is now producing $25 bottles of rosé under the label LVE, with the help of French vintner Jean-Charles Boisset. “Wine has a kind of connection to luxury, and if you can make it in a price range that’s available to a lot of people, they want to access it,” Legend tells the Times.
- In a new essay for Taste, writer James Hansen explores the inherent sexism in the fine dining world. “If women who become chefs are limited in their accomplishments, it is because the parameters that define accomplishment—and greatness—are stacked against them,” Hansen writes.
- Today in Taco Bell stunts: The Tex-Mex chain just expanded its Las Vegas restaurant/wedding chapel, and introduced a corresponding apparel line. T-Bell is also planning to recreate the restaurant from the 1996 action movie Demolition Man at Comic Con later this month.
- Barbecue Bible author Stephen Raiclen points out that fancy wood-fired grills are so hot right now.
- Instead of using the term “molecular gastronomy,” former El Bulli chef Ferran Adrià prefers to call his food “techno-emotional.”
- Staring this week, McDonald’s locations in Singapore will offer McFlurries made with pungent but oh-so-delicious durian.
- And finally, here’s what a summertime vegan dinner at Carly Simon’s sprawling Martha’s Vineyard estate looks like.