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The Wednesday Five — The Food Edition

In this week’s Wednesday Five — The Food Edition: “In Defense of Food” explores a cure for today’s industrially driven Western diet. “Chef’s Table” goes inside the lives and kitchens of six of the world’s most renowned international chefs. “A Year in Burgundy” features a half-dozen wine-makers — artists whose personalities shape the flavor and style of the wines they lovingly craft. Bon Appétit magazine lists its healthy food trends for 2016. And, Food & Wine magazine offers a winter survival kit to warm up, stave off colds and flus, and detox from the extra holiday weight.


 

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In Defense of Food — PBS Documentary

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“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

With that seven-word maxim, US-based journalist Michael Pollan distills a career’s worth of reporting into a prescription for reversing the damage being done to people’s health by today’s industrially driven Western diet. Pollan offers an answer to one of the most urgent questions of our time: What should I eat to be healthy? The documentary explores a cure for today’s industrially driven Western diet and delves into important questions such as: How to tell the difference between foods that are healthy and those that just claim to be?

For a limited time, the full documentary can be streamed free on PBS.

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Chef’s Table

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‘Chef’s Table’ goes inside the lives and kitchens of six of the world’s most renowned international chefs. Each episode focuses on a single chef, featuring Ben Shewry (Attica Restaurant in Melbourne, Australia), Magnus Nilsson (Fäviken in Järpen Sweden), Francis Mallmann (El Restaurante Patagonia Sur in Buenos Aires, Argentina), Niki Nakayama (N/Naka Restaurant in Los Angeles, CA, USA), Dan Barber (Blue Hill Restaurant at Stone Barns and in New York City, USA) and Massimo Bottura (Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy) and their unique look at their lives, talents and passion from their piece of culinary heaven.

Find “Chef’s Table” streaming on Netflix.

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A Year in Burgundy

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Experience the year with French wine importer Martine Saunier. The film is in four season-sections, and plays out against that backdrop: spring showers, drought, heat wave, hail and storms, harvest moons and the damp cold of winter. Each vintage is a time capsule, a bottled piece of history of a very specific year, with its particular weather pattern, its crises and its triumphs. It all goes in, whether you want it to or not, and 2011 was full of drama. 

In the film, we get to know our half-dozen wine-makers: they are artists, whose personalities shape the flavor and style of the wines they lovingly craft. We get a sense of the deep history involved. Though they use many of the latest equipment and techniques, the secrets of winemaking in Burgundy and the discovery of the best terroirs (and how to exploit them) have been developed since Roman times.

 

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Bon Appétit: 11 Healthy Food Trends for in 2016

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Yesterday, Bon Appétit magazine distilled the usually overpopulated health trends lists with their own favorites — and it’s a pretty solid collection of “ingredients, products, and people redefining what healthy looks like in 2016.” Highlights include a nod to oatmeal, chick peas, and turmeric.

See the full article here.

 

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Food & Wine: Winter Survival Menu

This Winter, we want many things from our winter diet —to warm up, to stave off colds and flus, and to detox from the extra holiday weight. Here are three favorites from Food & Wine Magazine that fits the bill!

 

 

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  • Cecilia Ford January 6, 2016 at 11:20 am

    I really recommend “In Defense of Food.” Michael Pollan is one of the most intelligent and balanced foods writers around and the documentary is informative and entertaining.

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