TV Producer and Artisanal Grain Guru Marti Noxon Takes THR's Taste Test
The co-founder of new-school Pasadena grain mill Grist & Toll talks coconut water, Zankou chicken, oysters, movie popcorn and more.
Marti Noxon – a veteran TV writer, who co-produced Buffy the Vampire Slayer and in recent years has penned episodes of Mad Men, Glee and Private Practice – has lately been nursing another passion project: organic grain. The “avid home baker” joined with friend and business partner Nan Kohler, a pastry chef, to open the five-month-old Grist & Toll, an artisanal flour mill in Pasadena inspired by the small-scale sort found all over Europe but rarely seen locally. (There are two in the San Francisco area and one in Central California.) “It’s been surprising to me how beneficial being a showrunner-producer has been” in launching the business, says Noxon, whose one-hour dramedy Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce was picked up by Bravo in February. “I’m not as flappable as I used to be. I expect crisis in the pursuit of the product. It’s not a straight line to something good. I have faith in the process.”
MARTI NOXON’S THR TASTE TEST
“Recently I’ve been on a cleanse, so sadly it’s been Senokot and coconut water.”
Known for Cooking
“Chocolate pie, chocolate cake, cakes in the shape of a Kraken – my son’s annual birthday demand – all with Grist & Toll flour, naturally. I’m also trying to perfect the rice pudding recipe from Chez L’Ami Jean in Paris. Every time I serve it, we all go into a blissful food coma.”
Simply Won’t Eat
“Oysters. Mucus meets sand meets brine. No.”
“Movie popcorn at the ArcLight Dome.”
“Usually the ‘C Food’ diet: See it and eat it. Unless it’s January.”
“Always love to eat with my brother [Christopher] and his wife, Jenji [Kohan]. And I love to eat with any writer friend, especially people I haven’t seen in a while – Joss [Whedon] or any folks from the Buffy days.”
“Not being seated until your party arrives – even when you have them on the phone and they are absolutely on their way.”
“I wish we had the McKittrick Hotel in Hollywood, where the show Sleep No More is performed. You can dine in the hotel before the show, then retire to the bar after your mind has been seriously blown. A perfect night, although I can’t actually remember how the food was.”
“I was super-nervous on a date, and the fellow made me laugh – sending red wine squirting out of my nose and all over his nice white shirt. And on another blind date, the guy thought it would be funny to arrive in dark glasses and a cane. Blind date, get it? Clearly for me – dining and dating is iffy.
“Pie ’n Burger, followed by the rice pudding at Chez L’Ami Jean."