"Mosh Potatoes features recipes from the greatest metal bands." – Interview

Have you ever wondered what rock stars eat? Well Steve Seabury knows and he’s compiled some of the best recipes from some of the greatest rock stars out there and put together the cook book “Mosh Potatoes.” I know I can’t wait to try some of these amazing recipes out. Recently I got a chance to talk with Steve about the book.

Q - How did this book come about?

A - I got home around 3 AM after a good night of drinking with some friends. Just as most people coming home drunk at that time I had the munchies big time and White Castle was too long of a walk. The cupboards were bare; I had some Taco Bell Fire Sauce, a couple of eggs and some other stuff hiding in the back of the fridge. I said to myself "What would Lemmy Do?" The next day the idea of Mosh Potatoes was created.

Q - How did you go about selecting the rock stars to contribute to this book?

A - I am a music freak. I have about 5 thousand CD's in my collection. I just basically went through my collection and started emailing my favorite rock stars. The response was amazing. Who doesn’t like to cook and eat kick ass food? I know this guy does.

Q - When someone contributed something to book, would they email you a recipe, or did you go to them and have them cook it for you? What was that process like?

A - I called some of the bands that I have worked with, emailed managers, label friends and bands about the idea of the book. Everyone instantly got excited and recipes started to fly in. The next thing I knew I had over 300 recipes from over 300 different bands. I would take the recipes, cook them up and decide what recipes were the absolute best for the book. I narrowed the collection down to a 147 recipes that will just make your tongue want to hump you. They are all just so incredible.

Q - How long did it take you to put this book together?

A - I started working on the book when I was working for Artemis Records back in 2005. Once I got a handful of recipes I started pitching the idea to publishing companies, big and small and everyone basically told me to take a walk. They all told me that metal music and food don’t mix. I hung up every rejection letter on the wall and used it for motivation. Just because we all like our music loud, fast and heavy doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy making and eating amazing food. Last year I got a call from the fellow headbanger folks at Simon & Schuster. They prepared some of the recipes and were blown away on how great they were. They instantly got it and the deal was done.

Q - Was there anybody that you really wanted that you weren't able to get?

A - My favorite band in the whole world is AC/DC. I wish so much I could have gotten Angus to send me his favorite recipe. Maybe next time.

Q - Do you have a favorite recipe in the book?

A - I am a big fan of the Evile - Cheese On Toast recipe, if you like chili then 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 has a kick ass recipe called Stuffed Lobster Zampella. There are so many it’s super hard to narrow it down. 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 now just thinking about it. The Naam Pecan Pie is to die for. Amazing. The one recipe that I haven’t tried yet and I am very scared to cook is a recipe called Krakatoa Surprise from Lemmy. I want someone to send me a photo with them eating that one. It’s insane!!!!

Q - A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book is going to benefit "The Meals on Wheels Charity." Care to tell us a little bit about how you got hooked up with them?

A - I am really thankful that my friends in the industry and the bands helped me out so much. I really thought it was a great idea to make sure that I did something cool for charity. The Meals On Wheels Charity is really dear to my heart. They serve over 1 million meals a day to our elderly folks. Our grandparents. These are the same people who have fought for our country, built this country and deserve the absolute most respect. It bothers me when people don’t respect their elders. Remember folks. Everyone gets old.

Q - You've recently formed two companies, a management company Barley & Hops Management and record company Giddy UP! Records. How did those come about?

A - I have been playing music and working in the music industry for many years. Starting out as an intern eating shit to years later climbing the ranks. I love the music industry and I love helping out the scene. It’s in my DNA. I have put in my hours over the past 20 years and I figured it was time to spread my wings and start my own thing. I have had the great opportunity through the years to work with some of the greatest minds in the business. I am very fortunate to learn from these leaders and develop my own vision.

Q - You've worked with some big names in the music business. Any good stories you'd care to share with our readers?

A - I have a ton of great stories that are just insane. What happens on the road stays on the road. lol.

Q - It seems like you have a million things going on with the book, your two companies and you're in your own metal band Moth Eater. How do you make time for all of that?

A - I try and make time. It’s actually 12:34 AM on a Friday night and I am doing this interview. No rest for the wicked. I am going to go all guns blazing and hopefully make a career out of doing music.

Q - Thanks for taking the time. I look forward testing out some of those recipes. Good luck with the book. Is there anything you'd like to add?

A - The only thing I would like to add is keep the beer on ice and the music fucking loud. Thanks again for helping me get the word out about the book and the support of good music. You guys rock. Beers Up!


Bob Zerull is the Managing Editor of Zoiks! Online. He writes pop culture commentary, does interviews with bands, and reviews music and stand-up concerts. He also administers Zoiks! Online's Facebook page. Follow Bob on twitter at bzerull. Email Bob at bob@zoiksonline.com.
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