There’s no shortage of food shows and podcasts out there but, just like there are thousands of different recipes in the world, there are plenty of spins a culinary series can take. Feast your eyes – and ears – on these to feed your body, mind and soul.
Part I – WATCH NOW
Somebody Feed Phil
With his goofy humour and endearingly childish wide-eyed curiosity, Phil Rosenthal (creator of US sitcom, Everybody Loves Raymond) does some global roaming in search of culinary education (beyond his knowledge of gefilte fish). In his quest, he combines comedy and local interviews to discover foods and dishes from faraway places. And, as well as learning about much-loved dishes from a region, he gives viewers a taste of the history and culture of his destination. From one end of the globe in Copenhagen to the other in Buenos Aires, Phil finds foodie delights there and everywhere in between (Bangkok, Venice, New York City and Tel Aviv, to name a few). He often stumbles across Jewish food, such as in Argentina where he finds Mishiguene, owned by Javier Ickowicz and Tomas Kalika, who head a team of ‘lovably crazy’ staff, as their restaurant name suggests. Phil’s banter with his interviewees – whether they be chefs or food bloggers – is his recipe for entertaining viewing. Each episode ends with a Skype call to his nonagenarian parents, which further amuses. Watch on Netflix.
Girl Meets Farm
The adorably sweet and smily Molly Yeh takes us into her American Midwest farm kitchen where she whips up innovative recipes inspired by her Jewish and Asian heritage (her mother is Jewish; her father is of Chinese descent), the seasons, and her time living in New York. Yeh has built a following over the last decade via her food blog and subsequent cookbooks (one of which even made it onto The New York Times 2016 ‘Best Cookbooks of Fall’). Her food is a mix of hearty meals, snacks and sweets that are often an interesting blend of her cultural background: red bean and oatmeal hamantaschen, anyone?
While her Food Network program is unavailable for viewing in Australia, you can watch her recipe videos here and follow her on Instagram: @mollyyeh
ADD TO THE CALENDAR
Mark your diaries for the new streaming service, Disney+, launching on 19 November and keep your eyes peeled for these shows.
The World According to Jeff Goldblum
On this soon-to-be-released National Geographic series, eccentric American actor and musician Jeff Goldblum takes a behind-the-scenes look at a diverse range of topics he’s interested in and curious about – from sneakers to ice-cream. See the official trailer here.
Be Our Chef
For any Disney fans, a new reality cooking show will star families from diverse backgrounds who’ll compete in a number of food challenges, including creating a dish that’s a mash-up of their traditions and the magic of Disney. The ultimate prize? The crowned winners will have their dish feature on one of the Disney World menus. Be our Chef is set to air in early 2020.
Part II of our Jewish Foodies series coming soon!
About the author
Born in Australia to a (Ashkenazi) father born in Hungary and a (Sephardic) mother born in France to parents born in Egypt with parents born in Italy, Jacqui Kwong is now married to a man with Chinese, English and Irish ancestry. She’s been writing ever since she could. From modest beginnings penning stories often titled, The Magic [insert inanimate object], she went on to become editor of Weight Watchers magazine and is now a freelance writer and editor of magazines, articles and blogs for brands including Coles, Woolworths, Qantas and SBS. She’s also currently writing a children’s book about world food.
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