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Anthony Bourdain's A Cook's Tour episode entitled "So Much Vodka, So Little Time" embodies what is really so wonderful about food.
I like the way he frames the episode within the story of the Russian chef whose seriousness about Matters Culinary initially fired his imagination and inspired his career. Then, in twenty minutes' time, he takes you from gritty blue collar ice-fishing and noshing to the heights of haute cuisine, from stark solitude with a freaky fish pie to joyful camaraderie over new, delightful fishes, through a by-way of let's-call-it-alternative-therapies, including a "massage" of sorts, etc.

I find ironic that this co-host/judge of the bizarre culinary "reality show", Taste - which invites cooks to construct single bites that contain many flavors and textures - here extols the sheer poetry of Russian juxtaposition/ deconstruction (rather than blending):
Comparing the apéritif of homemade-horseradish-vodka-with-cucumber-juice-chaser to his day's earlier activity: the 200º-sauna-followed-by-freezing-plunge.

All in that B-heavy geocontext so highlighted in my own genealogy: Saint Petersburg.

If this is the sort of synaesthetic poetry that turns you on as it does me, check it out.  


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I've seen a couple of these brief videos called Chopped: After Hours, about 8 minutes long, in which three Chopped judges prepare three plates using the ingredients of a basket their contestants had been challenged to use.

There's an episode in which there's Tempeh in the basket!
And - guess what - Amanda Freitag "comes out" (her term) to her colleagues and the TV audience--- as a Vegetarian! She confesses that she well knows how to prepare soyfoods because... she's a Vegger!

Find it online and read the looks on the others' faces (If I recall, it was Mark Murphy and Aaron Sánchez, with Alex Guarnaschelli "judging"/assisting). Really priceless.
Would love to see the likes of Amanda Freitag, very talented, writing a cookbook or doing video courses on Soyfoods. What a boost that would be for you A's and AB's!


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Just caught the first episode of MasterChef: Junior.
Children (eight to thirteen years of age) compete.
Joe, Graham, and Gordon judge far more tenderly than they do with adults; I liked seeing what the young talent evoked in them.
And the kids are freakishly talented.
Some are actually little, standing on stepstools.

It really is kin'a freakish when children conceive, execute, serve and explain such complex, sophisticated culinary creations. A little too...precious? Obsessive?
Anyone seen this?


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