Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie

I was involved in a TV show called Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie. It is an award-winning show aired on Public Televsion stations all across the US. My job was to find experts who would appear several episodes. This is the second season of the show. The first season is available from the itunes store for free. Anyone interested in food should watch it.

Here are some of the episodes in which I was involved with blurbs from the show.

1. Southern India: the Spice of Life

Join us as we experience the flavors that define South Indian cuisine. We’ll visit the home of an award-winning author where she savors the enduring recipes and aromatic spices that connect her to family and an ancient past. Next, we’ll visit a tiny farming community where local farmers cultivate indigenous ragi grain without the use of pesticides. We’ll also travel along the western Malabar coast where a distinguished chef makes a local favorite using the region’s abundant seafood and coconuts.

Below is the trailer video on the left and the longer video on the right.

2. Bread: Foundation of a Meal

Bread: a simple staple at the center of almost any meal, on every table, across the globe. We’ll travel through the bustling streets of Paris to learn the secret to a beautifully baked French loaf, and then head to Italy where an Italian baker shares the legend of Tuscan bread. We’ll also spend time in the Adirondack Mountains with a baker who sees bread as a way of life. Back in the Gourmet kitchen, we’ll get a taste of a legendary recipe for savory brioche from Richard Bertinet.

3. Fine Fast Food

Who says fast food can’t be superb? Join us as we visit chefs around the world who are redefining the very concept of fast food. Chef David Chang of Momofuku Ssäm Bar in New York City turns out a spectacular meal in next to no time. In Florence, Italy, a vendor of tripe sandwiches shows us the glories of the city’s oldest form of fast food, while in Hong Kong we visit a local wonton noodle shop that has gained widespread fame for its recipe, which fans consider to be perfect. In the Gourmet kitchen, we’ll show you how to make Steak Diane in a flash, using a very unexpected ingredient.

4. Drinks: the golden age of spirits

Come along as we travel the globe to discover the exciting and flavorful world of spirits, looking into the slightly wacky world of mixology and meeting the cocktail artists who are raising the bar for bartenders everywhere. In the field of molecular mixology, risk-taker Tony Conigliaro is known for blending some of the most innovative cocktails in the UK. In India, we’ll watch Keralan coconut climbers make fresh liquor from the sap of a coconut tree. We’ll also visit the first and only micro-distillery in New York, which has been producing bourbon, rye, and vodka since the Prohibition era. And in the Gourmet kitchen, we’re reinventing the multi-layered Pousse-Café.

Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie’s Ancient Traditions Show

I drank Kallu (Toddy) for this one.

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