Home Tours 2011: Andrew Zimmern


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    The Zimmern family kitchen is lined with cookbooks, Noah's artwork, and photographs Rishia shot on their travels.
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    A large barn door separates the kitchen and family room, where the couple spend much of their time watching TV and discussing with reality show to apply for: Celebrity Survivor or The Amazing Race
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    The Zimmern family: Rishia, Noah, and Andrew. Nearly all the art in the home (including in the hallway) is by Andrew's stepdad, Andre LaPorte, an artist based in Portland, Maine.
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    Armed with root beer from their worldly soda collection, Andrew hangs in the living room with Rishia and Pretzel the pug.
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    Rishia's favorite spot is the four-season porch, with a modern, beachy vibe. "All the shells in our house are found; none are purchased, she says.

Andrew Zimmern: Host of the Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods

Home: 1973 Edina Rambler

The Draw: The bones-wide spaces, lofty ceilings, and ultra-high windows flood this modest four-bedroom home with natural sunlight.

After years living in a cozy wooded home near St. Anthony Park, the Zimmern family has headed west—to Edina—where you can find them basking in their light-filled rambler.

“We just loved the house,” says Andrew. “If this house was in St. Anthony Park, we would have loved it, but now we love this neighborhood,” adds wife Rishia.

Dozens of kids bike through the suburban streets every night, which young Noah, 6, digs, and Andrew and Rishia are known to throw a good backyard barbecue while the kids play. But mostly, you’ll find this trio cooking together from their globally stocked pantry.

“I’ve been to about 100 countries, and I bring food home from every day on each trip,” Andrew says. Nights are for chilling out in front of the TV for one of their many favorite shows—most of which revolve around food or cops.

“I travel 30 to 32 weeks a year, so on the handful of weeks that I’m here I just want to be home,” Andrew says. “I’m usually crawling out of some jungle or some food feast in a major city, so when I get home I want my wife’s home cooking. Plus, Rishia is an amazing baker, and every couple of weeks she makes an amazing cake.”

Watching Rishia–who works part-time at Gateaux Inc. baking professional cakes—and Andrew—who won a James Beard award last May for his TV show—cook together is an event filled with witty marital banter and serious culinary skills. “Fortunately Noah likes to cook too,” Andrew says, “so we all just hang out and do our thing.”