Brooklyn Release Party

Nov 3rd
The Recipe Project
Brooklyn Release Party
The Brooklyn Kitchen
Tickets

Manhattan Release Party

Oct 18th
The Recipe Project
Manhattan Release Party
The Wooly
(private event)

Explanation of the book

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Introduction by Leigh Newman

The Recipe Project began as a musical lark. Michael Hearst and Joshua Camp, co-founders of the band One Ring Zero, decided to turn Chris Cosentino’s recipe for Brains and Eggs into a song—word for word, phrase for phrase, including “Remove the brains from the water with a perforated spoon and place on a plate.” If that wasn’t tricky, or bizarre, enough, they asked Cosentino to recommend a music style. What kind of song would best showcase “light and fluffy” organs served on warm slices of rustic country bread?

“Beastie Boys,” replied Cosentino, with a mischievous grin.

So the group set to work, mixing over-saturated drum beats and looped rhythm sequences. “The most daunting task was singing it,” says Hearst. “I don’t rap. And with such a long list of ingredients, it became a matter of breaking the recipe apart and finding a way to phrase it.”

The result was a fast, raucous ode to white-boy hip-hop jams and edible offal that, not surprisingly, caused a fair degree of uncontrollable laughter in the studio. The fact that the song also highlighted some of Cosentino’s more serious culinary concerns—like the importance of cooking with all of an animal’s parts, and not just the pretty, more palatable meats—came up only after the recording.

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The two met in 1995 while working at the Hohner instrument warehouse in Richmond, Virginia where Hearst tuned harmonicas and Camp repaired accordions. Shortly thereafter, they formed One Ring Zero, a band with a “gypsy-klezmer circus-flea-cartoon” sound, as The Forward once described it. Their specialty? Musical curiosities. A single recording session might involve a solo on a theremin (an obscure, early electronic instrument that requires hand waving around an antenna, but no touching), a stylophone (a toy-like instrument played with a musical “pen”), and a power drill.

And then came the nine albums. For As Smart as We Are, Hearst and Camp convinced some of the most celebrated novelists and storywriters in America to write lyrics, which they set to music as songs. Planets featured a lineup of songs dedicated to every planet in the solar system. Alice played ghostly homage to each chapter of Alice in Wonderland. Songs for Ice Cream Trucks, created by Hearst as a solo artist, brought to life a thousand hot sticky childhood summers, only with stranger, more bewitching music tinkling through the streets.

And yet, for all its winsome weirdness, The Recipe Project hit on some pretty timely debates about food and music: Are America’s rock-star chef actually America’s new rock stars? How is all this celebrity affecting the actual food and people that are being celebrated? And why take it

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Grub Street San-Francisco Date: May. 20th 2011 | Time: 07:45 am

So if chefs are like the new rock stars, should chefs also get to be actual rock stars? The band One Ring Zero is doing this thing called The Recipe Project in which they turn recipes by famous chefs into songs. It’s going to become a book and CD to be released in October, and they started with this “raucous ode to white-boy hip-hop jams,” now with its own music video, for Incanto chef Chris Cosentino’s brains and eggs recipe — he’s a Beastie Boys fan, thus the ode.

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The Village Voice. Date: Aug. 12th 2009 | Time: 02:32 am

Like any good chef, One Ring Zero partners well-honed technique with unconventional inspiration. The brainchild of Michael Hearst and Joshua Camp, the band entered the cultural consciousness in 2004 with As Smart As We Are, an album featuring lyrics written by the likes of Margaret Atwood, Rick Moody, Neil Gaiman, and Paul Auster. Hearst next turned his attentions to the Mister Softee truck — or, specifically, to its sanity-fraying jingle — with his Songs for Ice Cream Trucks, a 2007 collection of alternative tunes with titles like “Where Do Ice Cream Trucks Go in the Winter.”

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Gourmet Date: Jul. 31st 2009 | Time: 08:52 am

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…if chefs are the new rock stars, should chefs get to be actual rock stars?…-Grub Street San Francisco