I always love to read those "man-on-the-street" columns in my local newspaper. It seems that frivolous questions rather than weighty ones inspire far livelier and intriguing responses. In the same spirit, I collar friends, relatives, and total strangers to ask them inconsequential questions on culinary matters.

Q: How does your eating change in the summer?

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Mahdavi: We barbecue more, things like chicken an pork chops. We eat more summer foods like watermelon, drink more lemonade. Now I know this sounds kind of random but I eat a lot of nachos in the summer. After I swim I need nachos.. We make more complicated breakfasts like pancakes, waffles, crepes…because there's more time in the summer, and things are more relaxed.