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Kyle MacLachlan Is an Awesome Cook (and Muse)

Published August 2, 2022

Plus, what could be the world’s first ever MacLachlan recipe

“I was a huge fan of Dune, the book, since I was 15. I read it maybe twice a year. It was really a very important piece of literature when I was in junior high and high school, it helped get me through a lot of stuff. So that at the end of the day it turned out I was playing Paul, it was almost unreal. But I know that I was not the only person who had that affection for the book. I just happened to be fortunate enough to be the guy that played Paul the first time out.”

I just joined the Culinary Council of the excellent, wonderful God’s Love We Deliver, a nonprofit organization in NYC that delivers high-quality, medically tailored meals to those struggling with illnesses — free of charge, regardless of income. I’m proud to be supporting them, and I’m joining a group of terrific people who also do so — including today’s guest on Food with Mark Bittman, actor Kyle MacLachlan.

Everyone knows Kyle: but he’s perhaps best known for being what you might call a muse to the eclectic genius director David Lynch; he had starring roles in the original Dune, Blue Velvet, and, of course, Twin Peaks — which firmly established him as acting royalty. But he’s also known for Sex and the City, Portlandia, and Desperate Housewives — and played the voice of Riley’s dad in Inside Out, so technically, even my 6-year-old grandson knows who he is.

Kyle also happens to be an extremely good guy; generous with his time, and thoughtful — and we talked, of course, about David Lynch, but also about Kyle’s winery — Pursued by Bear — and God’s Love We Deliver, and cooking, which he does a lot of, and a bunch of other things. Really, he’s the closest someone can come to being universally beloved; Kate is a huge fan — and joined the conversation — as am I, and we’re really happy to welcome Kyle to the show.

By the way, we also have what MAY BE the world’s first original Kyle MacLachlan recipe — that’s shared here.

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Thank you, as always. — Mark

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