My mum and sister are the best cooks in the world, and many people who have come for dinner agree. My mum is an artist. She takes forever to cook a meal, but it's worth the wait. Two years ago we were at Neneh's house in Spain for Christmas, and spent a week just cooking and eating. At one point there was a power-cut, and Neneh improvised and cooked a chicken on an open olive-wood fire, and everyone agreed that the wood really did something to the flavour of the meat. It was eaten in great spirit, which made for a special experience.
Eating out can also be memorable, but in a different way. New York is my city, and there are so many great dishes to be found there; from beef patties in Atlantic Avenue to Vietnamese in Baxter Street. For next to nothing you can always find the best of whatever you want. I like a bit of personal involvement when I'm dining out and I like to customise things on the menu, a flexibility you tend to get at the better restaurants. I've had some good meals in London, in particular at Nobu (19 Old Park Lane, W1, 0171 447 4747) which does a fantastic appetiser; caviare on a fishy mousse. I love sushi, but my current home city, Stockholm, isn't great for it. They just don't have the variety of fish. So a Japanese restaurant is always a good find.
Bad service with a bad attitude spoils any meal for me. Also, there has to be a certain timing in place, a natural lapse between courses. A good restaurant knows this and has its own rhythm. But home-cooked food is still always better than even the best restaurant food. It's homecooked food that you long for when you're on the road touring.Reuse content