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Nov 3, 2012 09:41 PM

New PBS series: The Mind of a Chef

The chef is David Chang; the producer and narrator is Anthony Bourdain. Here's the NY Times story:

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  1. Sounds intriguing. I'll give it a shot.

    1. I'm excited about it. Tried finding it on my DVR guide today and it showed up but said "no showings available." Never seen that before. Hope it shows up soon.

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      1. re: LulusMom

        Just because PBS makes a show available, it does not mean that individual stations will carry it, or determine when they choose to do so.

        1. re: paulj

          That part I get. Why it would show up on the list of available shows on my DVR but say next to it "no showings available" is the part that confuses me.

          1. re: LulusMom

            I am in Md,DC with 3 or 4 DVR - PBS stations.The show appears on WETA,26 and WETAWORLD 473.The way it's listed is a bit odd here also.
            Currently it shows NEW 1 untitled for 10,November
            OLD 4 titled with some confusion NOODLE
            these have conflicting info when you go to "full information"

            1. re: lcool

              Very odd. I'll try again in a few days - maybe they will have gotten their act together.

          2. re: paulj

            Does anyone know if any of the Los Angeles area PBS stations are carrying it?

            1. re: Delphine

              KOCE, the PBS Orange County outlet is airing it on what seems to be an occasional basis. It was not available last week, not sure about this week.

              1. re: nikkihwood

                It was available and shown last week, but they aired the shows on Saturday night instead of Friday night like previous weeks.

          3. re: LulusMom

            we aren't getting it where I live, our public stations aren't running it. The more I read about it, I was kind of glad. I mean, I'm just not that obsessed with David Chang that I want to see a whole TV series about what he thinks and does.

          4. just did a search and found it.
            the noodle show I'll tape and see how it is.

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            1. re: iL Divo

              didn't like the noodle show.
              I'll set up future taping though to give it a few more tries.

              1. re: iL Divo

                Boy, I sure did. I think I'll start recording it myself. Why didn't you like it?

                1. re: EWSflash

                  EW, really don't remember. It just wasn't my cup of tea or bowl of noodles :)
                  As much as I enjoy cooking shows I do turn them off or turn the channel when I'm bored or disinterested. I suppose this one particular show on noodles was in that category. I'm not fond of Ramen anything so maybe that's why, didn't hold my interest.

            2. I am in Baltimore and it is scheduled to air on Friday at 530pm on 26 WETA

              1. I'm in the Boston area and it seems to be on from 9-11pm on Friday night.

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                1. re: LindaWhit

                  Was able to watch the third and fourth episodes tonight; they were very interesting. It's not really clear to me why Bourdain is narrating but not really there... but I've come to tolerate him over the years.

                  Now I'm wondering if PBS will be sharing any recipes from the show. Lots of the items he made seem very do-able in a home kitchen, and I would love to give some a try. Anyone know where they might be found?

                  1. re: GardenFresh

                    Bourdain and and Chang are friends. They first pitched the show to the networks and the Food Network who all passed.

                    1. re: GardenFresh

                      And I watched the first 3-1/2 shows. Agree, interesting, but I'm not sure if it's enough to hold my interest. But I was interested in the various types of ramen, as it's not something I eat, as well as the various ramen shops in Japan and the method in which the broths are made. Very time consuming. Seeing Chang in his own kitchen making a few dishes was also good. He seems like a fun guy and very well respected.

                      1. re: GardenFresh

                        Which recipe are you interested in? Cacio e Pepe using instant ramen? :) Or his 7 yr old way of eating instant ramen?

                        The Japanese move Tampopo centers around the quest for a perfect ramen.

                        The first segment has a Man v Food quality - the challenge of finishing the large bowl of ramen

                        I looked up tsukemen ramen (Google corrected my spelling
                        Cooking with dog version

                        1. re: paulj

                          So far I'd mostly love the specifics of his Korean burrito from the Memories episode, though I think if I re-watch the episode I can get the basics to work off of (I just didn't write anything down the fist go-through).

                          1. re: GardenFresh

                            The ingredients of the ramen broth recipe match the demonstrated Momofuku version - scaled down.

                            1. re: paulj

                              if you're looking for the recipes for this show, you'll find them by picking up copies of lucky peach magazine.
                              it's my understanding this show is made up of footage originally intended for the lucky peach app, which seems never to have become available.

                              1. re: linus

                                Oh that makes sense. I'll have to see if i can get my hands on a copy then. Thanks.

                                1. re: linus

                                  Yes but one of the noodle recipes in the Lucky Peach was way off so they printed a correction:


                                  Alkaline noodles recipe in LP#1 has an error: 4 teaspoons NOT 4 tablespoons for the baked soda. Apologies to @voyagegourmand & everybody

                            2. re: paulj

                              I finished watching the other 3 episodes online. While moderately interesting (except for the golf segment), I wasn't inspired to look up any other recipes. Kimchi 'salsa'? Pork katsuobushi is a bit beyond me. Well, maybe I should try the plastic wrap eggs, even if I never try 60C eggs. John Besh, on a Splendid Table Key 3 segment, talks about slow cooked fried eggs (starting in a cold pan). That makes a softer white.

                              1. re: paulj

                                I loved "Tampopo" and have watched it several times!