Chef Nina Clemente's Rolling Pin Is a Keith Haring
Because one can't live properly on food and drink alone, the daughter of artist Francesco Clemente offers up her cultural tasting menu.
This summer, the chef Nina Clemente is bringing some of the Amalfi Coast to New York, at the Standard High Line’s outdoor plaza—or shall we say piazza, at least for the next few months. Clemente’s flavor inspirations are deep-rooted: She was raised in New York but born in Italy to the famous artist Francesco Clemente, who recently had an expansive show at MASS MoCA. (When she was 7, Nina starred in a book by Keith Haring.) Here, she dishes out her culture diet, plus her ideal summer drink.
First thing you read in the morning:
My snooze button. Multiple times.
Books on your bedside table right now:
Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky, The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food by Dan Barber, and ABC by Dr. Seuss.
The TV show that’s been keeping you up at night:
I only have time for one TV show a week, and currently it’s Game of Thrones.
Last movie you saw in theaters:
The Revenant. (Yes, it’s been that long since I’ve been to the movie theater.)
Last piece of art you bought, or ogled:
A Keith Haring rolling pin he tagged up in ’88, a miraculous and pertinent find.
Last thing you saw at the theater:
Chekhov’s Platonov, performed at The Kitchen. My mom Alba designed the amazing costumes.
Last museum exhibition that you loved:
My dad’s show “Encampment,” at MASS MoCA, was mesmerizing and soothing to the soul. I am not biased as we are both fairly critical of each other’s work.
If my daughter wakes before I go to work (she’s a past-9 AM toddler), we eat eggs (whisked by her) on olive oil-crisped toast with a side of berries. If she’s asleep, then I have a matcha and avocado toast when I get to work.
Sushi or pizza:
Pizza, all day every day.
Go-to summer drink:
Ca’ Montanari Lambrusco Secco.
Thoughts on Soylent:
After a quick Google search to find out what the f—k it is, sounds terrifying.
Release you’re most eagerly anticipating:
Maxwell’s album, dropping in July.
Last song you had on repeat:
“Shining,” by Giovanni James.
Last concert you saw live:
Madonna, in 1989. (I’m claustrophobic and tend to pass out at concerts, sadly enough.)
How you get your news:
BBC and NPR on my phone, though my hubby always brings me home the New York Times Food section.
Favorite accounts to follow:
I’m pretty bad at keeping up with social media, but I love my little brother Andrea’s. Beautiful photos and hilarious captions always win me over.
Last thing you do before you go to bed:
Kiss my daughter Indigo as many times as she’ll let me.
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