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Apr 8, 2005 02:53 PM

PBS Meaning of Food

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Did anyone else catch the first episode of the PBS series "The Meaning of Food"? It's a three-part series hosted by Marcus Samuelsson that presents stories illustrating various ways food reaches into all aspects of our lives. The first episode had the following (and I'm forgetting some);
Recipes shared by the women prisoners at Auchwitz
A minister who prepares last meals for death-row inmates
A man opening a new restaurant as part of his recovery from losing his wife
An American Muslim teenage girl fasting for Ramadan for the first time
An Indian ritual that honors sons-in-law with an elaborate feast

I really enjoyed it and recommend it highly as an antidote to the Food TV drivel so often bemoaned 'round these parts...


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  1. Annoyingly, it appears to be on only Sunday afternoon in NY. Not exactly prime time.

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    1. re: Fida

      Well, thanks for that, Fida! I'll tune in on Sunday. Was all set to watch it last night. Alas.

      1. re: Pat Hammond

        You're welcome! I think it differs in different parts of the country, and now that I know that local PBS stations pick and choose, I suspect it may not even play everywhere. So some parts of the country get political and historical documentaries, and some parts get a lot of nature shows.

        My reaction, however, will be to call up the local PBS and try to convince them to try an evening broadcast time - since I hope to be snacking in Chinatown on Sunday!

    2. I just played here in SF and I really enjoyed it. Looking forward to the next one

      1. I found that it kept repeating "Food is important and meaningful" in its vignettes without going much deeper than that. I was disappointed.

        1. I enjoyed the program and look forward to the others. One of the nice things about the program is that the stories are not too long -- so that if you're not enjoying the segment you are watching, maybe the next one will grab you.

          I especially liked the one of the Italian restaurateur father preparing the wedding feast for his daughter.

          Apparently the series was produced, at least partly, here n Seattle.