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The Perennial Plate

15 Feb

Here is a link to an awesome site dedicated to adventurous and sustainable eating that I stumbled upon last night. They have nearly 100 short films as well as great recipes and a full-fledged blog. Below is the “about” taken straight from their bio as they describe it much more appropriately than I would. The chef/lead of the site has had a foot in many big name kitchens (The Fat Duck, Mugaritz, and Bouchon to name a few); and along with his camera woman, makes a great short film.

“The Perennial Plate is an online weekly documentary series dedicated to socially responsible and adventurous eating.  The episodes follow the culinary, agricultural and hunting explorations of chef and activist, Daniel Klein.  Season One took place over a calendar year in Minnesota where every Monday for 52 weeks, Klein and cameragirl Mirra Fine released short films about good food.  In Season Two, Klein and Fine are traveling across America, taking the viewer on a journey to appreciate and understand where good food comes from and how to enjoy it.  The Real Food Road Trip began on May 9th 2011, and the weekly videos have continued — bringing the audience along for stories of urban gardens, long drives, blood, hunting and guts…”

Great for a night where you have a few minutes to educate yourself on anything from the making of moonshine to the future of fishing in the gulf.

Hope you all are well and more to come soon!

Forks Over Knives

2 Jan

Over the years I have become an admittedly indulgent person, especially when it comes to food. If I have a craving I will almost always fulfill it and if there’s foie gras on the menu I will without a doubt order it. My new years resolution for years now has been to eat a more plant-based diet as fruits and vegetables are essential for good health. Sadly, it has never happened. A co-worker recently suggested that I watch the movie Forks Over Knives and I must say it had a surprisingly strong impact. The message is about the standard American diet (mainly the over consumption of poor quality meat and dairy products) and its overwhelming connection to chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. I would have liked to have more detailed information about the quality of meat these people were eating, but even without it I was still truly moved. I really don’t think I would ever give up meat and dairy entirely, but this film definitely has me thinking more closely about my day-to-day food choices.

You can watch the movie instantly on Netflix or rent it at your local video store.

Here is a link to the trailer:

Check it out.

Happy 2012 to you all and may you have a safe and healthy start to the new year!