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There is a Lot You Can Do With Food

Nick Englehart

Posted on June 29, 2020 07:15

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A small thing I've been inspired by for the past few years.

Television and food. A surprising combination. I'm not talking about the myriad of cooking competitions we see on T.V. (of which I highly recommend this season of "Top Chef;" easily it's best!). I'm talking more about the food you see in cartoons, movies and sitcoms. Seeing Spongebob's krabby patty and actually being able to eat the dish. We've all thought about it. After all, what is it in those things that make Mr. Crabs such a successful restaurateur? What is it that keeps Plankton conniving over at the chum bucket?

For a long time, we were stuck with our fantasies. Seeing these absurd creations on television only to wonder what exactly a super extra mega taco might taste like. Seeing delightful dishes on the movie Chef, and thinking I wish I could try that. Often fantasizing about a food synthesizer built into the side of your T.V. Materializing tasty treats at the touch of a button. Though perhaps those fantasies only relate to a 3 a.m version of me.

A version of that dream did come true in 2016. A YouTube channel named "Binging with Babish" appeared where he recreated dishes found in television shows and movies. He made dishes like the "Turf and Turf," from "Parks and Recreation" or Babka from "Seinfeld." He opened up a culinary world inspired by a culinary world. Food from writers he turned into food from a chef. This channel inspired many others from cocktail channels to major food brands. Soon everyone was in the food video scene. The T.V. chef had leaped off of the Food Network and early morning talk shows straight into our homes; giving out thousands of recipes and ideas without the need to purchase a single cookbook. Cooking knowledge became crowdfunded and abundant.

The chefs are inspiring. Since I started watching them four years ago, my interest and presumably millions of others have taken off. I've removed the backbones from turkeys and made my own pasta. I've created syrup for cocktails out of cactus leaves. I've learned how to cook and I like to think I've grown as a person.

In a time where self-reliance and cooking have become a necessity; where each lazy whim of fast food means new exposures, I'm grateful that this avenue exists. I'm grateful that I no longer only put the frozen chicken breast in slow cookers slathered in Italian dressing (though there's nothing particularly wrong with that).

Mostly I am grateful that passion can still triumph. That people with dreams and hard work do sometimes succeed. That they enrich other's lives. That media can serve as a platform for creativity not bogged down by claims of copyright and greed. That a simple project can grow into a world-changing event and a life-altering force. Food is beautiful, cultured, historical, creative, complicated and simple. It's a beautiful thing when so much can come together.

Nick Englehart

Posted on June 29, 2020 07:15

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If you want your kids to make healthier food choices, have them watch more television -- certain cooking shows, anyway....

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