Information Diet: Adam Richman

The 'Man v. Food' host chows down on a variety of multimedia


Age 37

Accomplishments Host of Travel Channel’s Man v. Food, Man v. Food Nation and the upcoming Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America (premieres June 6); author of America the Edible: A Hungry History From Sea to Dining Sea

Base Brooklyn, N.Y.

What’s the first information you consume in the morning?

Because I have a manager and agent on the West Coast, a lot of the time texts will come through at insane hours. So the first thing I do is check all the texts that came in overnight. Then I look at my homepage, which is The New York Times, for a quick info blast.

What occupies your mind in the car, on the subway, train or bus?

Music. Lots and lots of music. I maintain that with good music, you can walk anywhere. Occasionally I’ll do Pandora, but generally speaking, I’m a Spotify or regular iTunes guy. I’ve become addicted to a station I made on Pandora based off the Janelle Monae song “Tightrope.”

Are you a TV junkie or on an airtime-restricted diet?

I’m home so seldom, and when I am home, I’m such a homebody. I like laying low and catching up on my DVR and HBO On Demand with some delivery from Vegetarian Palate in Flatbush. I really like Game of Thrones, The Soup and Shameless, and I randomly end up watching this series on Syfy called Face Off, which is essentially Project Runway with effects makeup.

Before bed, do you bite into a novel, graze on Twitter or fast until morning?

Twitter tends to be an early morning thing for me. Evening-wise, I read about three or four books at a time. I’m a big graphic novel junkie; right now, I’m reading The Walking Dead, DMZ and Scalped. Also, I have to admit, I’m reading the third book in the Tucker Max fratire series, Hilarity Ensues. I know that he’s incredibly divisive, but I cannot remember the last time I was reading something and guffawed out loud out of nowhere.

Give us the skinny on your favorite app.

On my iPad, I have an addiction that borders on Betty Ford-level to FIFA 12. I’m also a big photography buff, so I mess around with photo apps like Camera Plus and Camera Awesome on my iPhone, and buy the in-app purchases willy-nilly.

Do you ever use social media to scout out new restaurants for your shows?

Constantly. For the sandwich show, there were so many places I only discovered because of fans recommending them on Twitter or Facebook. I also like using Urbanspoon, Yelp, foodie blogs, Instagram and college message boards.

What’s your biggest digital indulgence?

Probably just buying each new iPad as they come out! The fact that I still travel with the first gen and the second gen is a little ridiculous. I still have an old tube TV at home, though, so that keeps it real.

With such a bloated media universe, how do you cut out the fat?

It’s really determined by whose opinions you trust and investing in the right sources upfront. Especially now that I’m in the public eye, I think it’s incumbent upon me to stay informed.