Best food city in America: San Francisco Bay. I love the growing capabilities of the area and how you're so closely tied to the land. Restaurants there have the opportunity to create thoughtful food, and I think, too, that San Francisco restaurants keep it a little more simple -- and that fits my style. Delfina is great, Quince is spectacular, Cyrus was one of the best dining experiences of my whole life, and who can forget the French Laundry?
Favorite music to cook by: Sound Tribe Sector 9, Ben Harper when we are feeling a little more mellow, Otis Redding whenever I feel like it and Van Morrison on Saturdays, when we have a sing-along in the kitchen. I also love Jazz Odyssey on KUVO, which we listen to a lot when we're breaking down the kitchen.