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At The Table With...Tim Mazurek of Lottie + Doof

Tim-Mazurek

Today we’re welcoming our first gentleman, Tim Mazurek of Lottie + Doof! This 37-year-old blogger lives down the Blue Line in Oak Park, Illinois, and has maintained his popular food and recipe blog for five years. I'm obsessed with the clean design of Tim's site, but I also love the bright photography and fresh recipes. His posts provide insight into his position on food politics, providing another layer of reality to a world that could easily become limited to tarts and scones. Plus, he has a great guide to restaurants in Chicago. If you're not already reading this blog, what are you doing?

Read on to get to know Tim!

What is your all-time favorite book?

This is obviously an impossible question! The books that immediately come to mind when I am presented with this impossible question are First Love and Other Sorrows by Harold Brodkey, Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers, and A Visit from the Good Squad by Jennifer Egan.

What meal do you love to cook?

I like cooking breakfast. There is less pressure on breakfast and it feels like such a treat when it is taken seriously. Also, you have the rest of the day to do the dishes. Dinner is overrated!

What is your favorite food scene from a book?

I don't know if I have a favorite food scene from a book. Excellent Women by Barbara Pym is a fantastic book with very mundane mentions of food that are somehow still quite memorable. There are also a couple of humorously awkward meals that are wonderfully described. It is kind of an homage to food and the single person. 

Coffee or tea?

Tea, by a mile. I drink a lot of iced black tea throughout the day, it is my favorite. I like coffee, but mostly in the form of ice cream.

What is the last book you abandoned?

I am a chronic book abandoner. I have no qualms about it. The most surprising book I abandoned recently was NW by Zadie Smith. Surprising because I am fan of Smith's work and have never abandoned one of her books before. I will go back to it at some point, but I could not get through it on my first attempt. Sometimes the timing is just wrong.

Which author would you most like to meet for dinner, and what would you eat?

I would like to meet Zadie Smith for dinner. We would sit in a window somewhere and people watch. And I could apologize for not finishing NW.

Where do you go to find new recipes? New reads?

I read a lot of blogs, magazines, and cookbooks for recipes. I am a huge Nigel Slater fan and almost always have one of his books next to my bed. Reads are often referrals from friends, most often from my friends Rima and Katie who read a lot and share my interests and taste in literature.

Tell us about your blog — what inspires it? Why do you run it? What are your favorite aspects of it?

I've always enjoyed cooking and was looking for a way to share that interest with others. I love having a space that is completely free and that I have total control over. It is a lot of creative freedom. I also like encouraging people to cook and connecting with other home cooks.

What are your favorite blogs?

There are dozens of blogs that I genuinely like and follow. Some highlights are Josey Baker Bread, which is so charming that I sometimes don't know what to do about it. Sarah at The Yellow House is intelligent and thoughtful. I don't know if it counts as a blog, but Rookie remains one of the best things about the internet.

Connect with Tim: Twitter | Instagram

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