Editor’s note: As you might’ve noticed, we like to eat. And these days, there’s no shortage of metal-related foodstuffs to satisfy your midnight munchies. We hit up musician/businessman/author Steve Seabury to find out more about his forthcoming addition to the world of metal eats… Mosh Potatoes.
This is your first book, what drove you to write it?
It was about 5 years ago when I was out with some friends at a bar. I was stumbling home about 3 AM and just as most people coming home at that time, I had the munchies. The cupboards were bare, I had some Taco Bell Fire Sauce from the night before, a couple of eggs and some other stuff hiding in the back of the Fridge that I probably wouldnt feed my dog. I said to myself “What would Lemmy Do in this situation?”. The next day the idea of Mosh Potatoes was created.”
I had my first Grill ‘Em All Burger a couple of weeks ago. It was so bad ass. I mean this burger was one of the best things I have ever eaten. Amazing. Luke from Kuma’s Corner actually wrote the introduction for the book. He is a very cool dude who loves his metal. People have to eat no matter who you are. Good food, friends and METAL!!! It just doesn’t get any better.”
What sets Mosh Potatoes apart from the rest?
I think we are all fighting for METAL. I think its great that good food and heavy music are breaking into the scene. So many people think that great food is only for the social elite. Well I am here to tell you its not. I hope another 50 heavy metal cookbooks spring up and take over the cooking world.
How did you go about collecting and organizing the recipes for the book?
I went to work the next morning a little hung over. I spoke to some of the bands I was working with about the idea of the cookbook and they instantly loved it. The word spread and I was getting a ton of emails from bands from all over the world. I received over 300 recipes. Five years of pitching the book I finally got signed by the metal heads at Simon & Schuster. It took a while but I am glad to see it finally get released. Simon & Schuster rules!!!”
I assume you’ve tasted most if not all of the recipes included in Mosh Potatoes… any specific favorites that stand out?
There are so many great recipes in the book. It is so hard to narrow it down. There is such an amazing diversity of food in this collection. Every turn of a page you have a different culinary experience. Each recipe gives you a backstage pass into the private homes of all of these great artists. I think it’s really cool and I hope you do too.
These are probably my most favorite recipes in the book; Evile – Cheese On Toast recipe, you are going to freak out when you try the Guns & Roses Chili, Zakk Wylde’s Spaghetti & Meatballs, the Pantera - Texas BBQ From Hell and Joey Z from Life of Agony has a kick ass recipe called Stuffed Lobster Zampella.
Wait to you try the desserts section on the book.The guys in Fear Factory, Hatebreed and Megadeth can bake some bad ass goodies. I am getting hungry just thinking about it. The Naam Pecan Pie is to die for. Amazing.”
If you’re on the road, what’s your go-to food option, also, what regional taste is your favorite? (Chicago pizza, Maryland crabcakes, Memphis BBQ, Philly cheesesteak?)
When you are traveling down the highway to the next gig then 7-11 is a friend of METAL. They have beer, nachos and Twinkies. You just can’t go wrong. But once you arrive to the show and you have some time to kill, then you have to go hunting for the best local hangs. There are some great staples but my personal all time favorite is when my band would do a gig in Philadelphia, PA. I am not a fan of the Phillies, actually I cant stand them (Lets Go METS) but man… Geno’s can make the ultimate Steak Sandwich. The BEST ever!! Its heaven on a roll.”
You’re a beer man, what’s your favorite beer(s) Any favorite food pairings?
Beer and Grilling go hand and hand. I love cranking up Slayer, throwing some chicken or steak on the grill and chugging some good beer. Lately I have been buying 30 packs of Genesee Cream Ale. Upstate NY Beer. Just doesn’t get any better.”
What metal gods would you invite to dinner (living or dead)?
I would love to have dinner with Jim Morrison. He is a true rock god. I think it would be fun to eat handful of mushrooms, twist one up, drink some beers and eat a big ass steak. I would just sit back, visualize and listen to all of his crazy stories and philosophies. It would be so bad ass.”
You have an extensive track record of working with bands on the way up, what bands are grabbing you now?
I have been very lucky to work in the music industry all of these years and I am always trying to find new bands. Its like an addiction to me. When I am not listening to my own band Moth Eater I have been jamming out to King Giant, Red Fang, Evile and the new Howl kicks my ass.”
Puppets or Justice?
Cliff Burton is my idol. Puppets all the way.”