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Cooking With Steve Albini

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You can take a stairway to heaven.
Or a stair master to heaven.
Chicago rock musician-engineer Steve Albini recommends the "Jimmy Page Diet" on his popular blog mariobatalivoice.blogspot.com. The diet prohibits wheat and mushrooms. No sugar tonight, as the Guess Who once sang. Albini loves pasta but when he is on the "Jimmy Page Diet" he substitutes risotto for pasta.

"Heather's (his wife) on the Jimmy Page Diet at the moment," Albini told me a couple weeks ago over some mighty fine orecchetite he prepared in the kitchen of his Chicago studio. "Almost everything I'm cooking is 'Page Compliant.' Heather came to visit me in England when I was working on the Jimmy Page and Robert Plant record (1998's "Walking into Clarksdale".) She complained she put on weight while I was out of town because I wasn't cooking for her. Jimmy Page volunteered that he knew a great weight loss diet........."

Dave Hoekstra

Dave Hoekstra has been a Chicago Sun-Times staff writer since 1985. His collection of Sun-Times travel columns, "Ticket To Everywhere," was published in 2000 by Lake Claremont Press. He was lead writer for "Farm Aid: Song for America" (Rodale Press, 2005) which commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Willie Nelson inspired effort.
He won a 1987 Chicago Newspaper Guild Stick O-Type Award for Column Writing. Hoekstra wrote and co-proudced the WTTW-Channel 11 PBS special: "The Staple Singers and the Civil Rights Movement," nominated for a 2001-02 Chicago Emmy for a documentary program/cultural significance.
He lives in Chicago.

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