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Big Night is a gorgeous, beautifully acted film in which actors Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub play brothers planning a celebrity night to help rescue their failing Italian restaurant. It is at turns joyful and tragic. I never imagined watching someone scramble an egg could be so mesmerizing.
In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto is a 2014 PBS documentary featuring Michael Pollan exploring the American food industry and how to eat a healthy diet.
Every Day Gourmet is a Great Courses instructional series produced in partnership with the Culinary Institute of America. Master Chef Bill Briwa teaches the basics needed to succeed as a chef, everything from flavor balances, use of seasonal ingredients, to knife skills and cooking techniques. He takes you from appetizers to desserts.
For our Food themed week, my submission is an album from Alexander Street:
If you didn't get a chance to see José-Luis Orozco perform his lively and educational songs during our Free Family Concerts in 2018, or you did and want another taste, you can stream his bilingual album ¡Come Bien! Eat Right! from our collection of Online Music: Smithsonian Global Sounds for Libraries.
Kanopy selection: Ingmar Bergman's 1957 masterpiece Wild Strawberries. A professor makes a physical journey to accept an honorary award and simultaneously embarks on a profound journey of self-discovery.
The Bullish Farmer- this was an inspiring and informative film that I saw at San Jose's Cinequest Film Festival a couple of years ago, and am happy to say it is now accessible free to library card holders on Kanopy! It is the true story of a man who leaves his lucrative career on Wall Street to pursue his dream and become a farmer.
Enjoy this Vitamin C Mix on Spotify for a fruit salad of tracks to make your week a bit sweeter!
This week I'd like to recommend a few things:
Gordon Ramsay Shows How to Make Lamb Chops at Home - Watching Gordon Ramsay try to make a meal in ten minutes and direct his daughters filming at the same time was amusing, and a great way to take your mind off the news for a bit.
A Day in India from the web series The Perennial Plate is one of the most delicious collages of food and culture in short musical video form that I've seen. TPP is a web series on Vimeo following chef Daniel Klein as he explores different cultures and their relation to food.
Farm to Market from The Perennial Plate covers the process and lifestyle of small farmers who bring their vegetables to the local farmer's market. A fascinating look at how the beautiful produce makes it to market.
A selection of Glorious Food Songs from Freegal.
Hold Tight (I Want Some Seafood Mama) - Fats Waller
Alice Waters and her Delicious Revolution - Kanopy
We now have more time to devote to cooking, and to learn of chefs and what they can teach us. Through Kanopy we can watch documentaries on talented and influential Chefs. Alice Waters and her Delicious Revolution is a fantastic program that was on American Masters in 2003, and highlights was makes the chef and owner of Chez Panisse the star she is.
Whites – Acorn TV
Or, if you’re like me, who loves food but cannot cook no matter who teaches me, you might enjoy watching Whites. An English comedy sitcom about the behind-the-scenes antics at a country house hotel's upscale restaurant.
Movies & Music - Question of the Week
In the song "Scarborough Fair," which two herbs go with 'Parsley and Sage?'
Dill and Coriander0
Basil and Thyme0
Mint and Basil0
Rosemary and Thyme0
Fennel and Chamomile0
Last week's trivia answer was: Men at Work.
Our Video Pick
"Pork and Beans" by Weezer