Chromeo famously calls themselves the first and only successful Jewish-Arab partnership since the dawn of human culture. The electro duo from Montreal is also really into food "that isn't from here," says frontman Dave 1—which is to say, not from the States. As if that wasn't sophisticated enough, David Macklovitch (Dave 1's name to his mother) is a professor of French literature at New York City's Barnard College. So I decided to go deep with the food questions, backstage at Electric Zoo.
Which author in all of French literature portays the best food imagery?
Dave 1: I would say [François] Rabelais. His books are all about gluttony and feasting, which is really typical in Renaissance literature. It's kind of gross-chic. I really like it.
What food sounds most delicious spoken through a vocorder?
Alright, so there's hypoauditory aesthetic aphasia, and then there's one I just made up called hypogustatory eupeptic delusional schitzophrenia. That's when someone is convinced they're eating really great food, but it's actually shitty. Where do you send them for treatment?
Dave 1: Paris. Well, France in general, actually. Send them to Provence or Lyon and they'll be fine.
Who's someone you've worked with who surprised you by also being really into food?
Dave 1: Philippe Zdar, who produces our albums. He gives us great restaurant recommendations when we're in Paris. He's mega-Italian, so he really knows his shit.
If your girlfriend asked you to cook dinner for her birthday, what would you make?
Both, in perfect tandem: Restaurant reservations.
P-Thugg: Actually wait, I've got something. My blue cheese pasta. It's got gorgonzola, parmesan, some mushrooms, a little heavy cream. Never fails. It'll impregnate, like our music.
That sounds pretty good. So what would I see if I looked in your fridge right now, Masterchef?
P-Thugg: There's always some olives, pickled turnips, hot peppers and fresh mint for tea or sandwiches.
Are Montreal's bagels really better than New York's?
Dave 1: Oh, without a doubt. They're better tasting, the dough is tighter, they're not as bready, there's a lot of reasons. New York bagels have no flavor, it's like filling up on nothing. With Montreal bagels you can eat, like, five of them and just keep going. You really get that Jewish taste.
Where's the best poutine outside of Quebec?
Dave 1: That's a hard one. It's actually in Ottawa. There's a food truck run by a little old Russian lady and she has the best poutine ever; the fries are crispy, the gravy's really good. It's just phenomenal. Don't tell anybody.
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