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Joe’s the juice fast king

Comedian Joe Avati began a cross-Canada tour that started in Toronto the first week of April. Joe was first dubbed “The Italian Seinfeld” in the United States for his true-to-life observations about living the Italian daily life. His comedy CD release Live And Unpluggato spent 18 months at No. 1 on the HMV Comedy Charts. Joe is a native of Sydney, Australia. He is a qualified food scientist.<br />


Q: What is your fondest memory from your family kitchen?

A: Because our kitchen was always full of women, my fondest memory is of hanging out with my grandma, my mother and aunties. As a child it gave me a great sense of security.


Q: What kitchen aromas bring back fond memories?

A: To this day, I love the smell of extra virgin olive oil.


Q: Who is your favourite cook?

A: Italian grandmothers are my favourite cooks. Not only do they cook well with passion, but they can create a five-course dinner at the drop of a hat!


Q: What is your favourite food to cook?

A: I’m sorry to say I don’t cook. And I have an honours degree in food science.


Q: Do you use cookbooks?

A: I don’t use cookbooks, but I do have several. They just make visitors think I can cook. I use cookbooks to give me great ideas for making different juice concoctions.


Q: How did the first meal you prepared turn out?

A: It was just like the wreck of a car.


Q: What kitchen appliance can you not live without?

A: I can’t live without my juicer. I often go on juice fasts.


Q: What traditions from your background involving food do you partake in?

A: I don’t really partake in many. I eat out at least five times a week. This is totally against the Italian way of life.


Q: Is there a cultural dish that you have at gatherings that ties into a holiday?

A: Yes there is. It’s what I call the Italian Donut — Zeppoli. We have them around Christmas time and St. Joseph’s Day.


 
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