Secret foodie: Aerosmith's Joe Perry
Nightlife reporter Sam Sessa ended up with a food story recently without meaning to, or anyway a food snippet, and he kindly shared it with me rather than post it on Midnight Sun. Here's Sam. EL
A couple of weeks ago, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry -- buff chest, long locks and all -- stopped by Baltimore to promote his new solo album. ...
I hung out with Perry for a while on his tour bus, and, oddly enough, spent a lot of time talking about food. I had no idea he's been a foodie for more than 35 years, and has his own line of hot sauces. He also told me he's planning on launching his own brand of mac 'n' cheese in the near future, called Joe Perry's Rock 'n' Roni. Heh.
I wrote a piece about Perry that ran in Sunday's paper. As you can imagine, I didn't have much space to mention the foodie side of Perry. Here are the leftovers from our conversation.
Q: What makes a good hot sauce, Joe?
A: A good hot sauce should be versatile. Not too hot that it kills the flavor of everything else around it. It accentuates the flavor of the food as opposed to fighting it.
There's a whole culture of macho. It's like, "Try this, see if you can handle this." They use this pepper extract in the hot sauce. It's brutal. I tried it once or twice, but I won't go near that stuff. It just kills any other flavor around it. Anything within six feet you can forget about tasting.
Q: You've been in great shape for years now. Is it from working out or eating well, or both?
A: I stopped eating preservatives in about 1972. Road food has preservatives in it. Ever since I started buying my own food, I always look at the labels and make sure there are no preservatives. They're finding new ways to preserve foods that are healthier than others. That's a really good thing.
I stay away from the middle of big supermarkets, because that's where all the junk is. I go around the outside where the fresh fruit is. I stick to those areas. ... I don't know if that has anything to do with my present state of health. I've been working with good genes, I think.
(AP photo by Jeff Christensen)