Monday, February 23, 2015

Modern Man

The February issue of Glamour inspired my girl crush on Allison Williams and it also opened my eyes to the sensitive side of Jimmy Kimmel. I know Kimmel as a long-time comedian and TV personality and I see clips of the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show when they go viral, especially the popular "Celebrities Read Mean Tweets" bits. Kimmel has always seemed likable and funny, but after reading his interview in Glamour I've learned that he is also sensitive, self-deprecating and even domestic. Here are a few highlights from Kimmel's feature in Glamour:
Kimmel says that modern men need to be renaissance men: "Being a modern guy means we have to do a little bit of everything." Kimmel provides the example of men no longer sitting in waiting rooms, cigars dangling from their lips, while their wives give birth. He explains that he held his wife's leg and "said encouraging things" while his baby girl was being born. Bravo, Jimmy!
Kimmel cooks and cleans. He's especially drawn to doing laundry and vacuuming, activities he chalks up to OCD. In the kitchen Kimmel's specialties are pizzas and pastas. See below for his special sauce recipe.
Kimmel watches his weight. He says, "I am that pathetic man--I didn't even notice that I got fat." He doesn't like to exercise, so he relies on the two-five diet: "On Monday and Thursday I eat only 600 calories or less and am starving at my desk. But the rest of the week? I eat like I've been on an island and then got dropped off in front of an all-you-can-eat buffet in Las Vegas."
Kimmel admits that he's still figuring it all out. He's divorced and he feels guilty about having had to share custody of his two oldest kids. But, he also found that it made their time together more meaningful and comprised real communication, not just watching TV. 
Kimmel seems like a good guy. I'm officially a fan. 

P.S. See below for Kimmel's famous tomato sauce recipe:
1. Heat a few tablespoons of good-quality extra-virgin olive oil in a pan.
2. Slice some garlic into thin pieces, and fry them until they're golden but not brown. If the garlic turns brown, start over. Remove the garlic from the olive oil.
3. Add a whole can of tomatoes to the olive oil, but remember: Not all canned tomatoes are created equal. I like Bianco DiNapoli tomatoes the best. They're not easy to find, but you can buy them on Amazon. Add a little bit of sea salt and a few leaves of fresh basil.
4. Bring that to a boil for a minute, and then turn down the heat and let it simmer for at least 20 minutes. It can do this for quite a while—up to a few hours will get you an even deeper flavor.
5. Once you're done, take a ladleful of pasta water and add it to the sauce.

[How to Love (& Live With) the 21st-Century Man, Glamour, February 2015]

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