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John Francis Nov 3, 2012 09:41 PM

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

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/04/art...

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  1. Phaedrus RE: John Francis Nov 4, 2012 06:01 AM

    Sounds intriguing. I'll give it a shot.

    1. LulusMom RE: John Francis Nov 4, 2012 04:35 PM

      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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        paulj RE: LulusMom Nov 4, 2012 05:52 PM

        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.

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          LulusMom RE: paulj Nov 5, 2012 02:19 AM

          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.

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            lcool RE: LulusMom Nov 5, 2012 05:28 AM

            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
            PIG
            MEMORY
            SPAIN
            these have conflicting info when you go to "full information"

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              LulusMom RE: lcool Nov 5, 2012 05:46 AM

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

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            Delphine RE: paulj Dec 4, 2012 07:13 PM

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

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              nikkihwood RE: Delphine Dec 4, 2012 08:48 PM

              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.

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                Novelli RE: nikkihwood Dec 5, 2012 08:02 AM

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

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            rockandroller1 RE: LulusMom Nov 8, 2012 06:28 AM

            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. iL Divo RE: John Francis Nov 7, 2012 06:55 PM

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

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              iL Divo RE: iL Divo Nov 10, 2012 02:38 PM

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

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                EWSflash RE: iL Divo Dec 31, 2012 11:37 AM

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

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                  iL Divo RE: EWSflash Jan 12, 2013 01:39 PM

                  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. fldhkybnva RE: John Francis Nov 7, 2012 07:11 PM

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

              1. LindaWhit RE: John Francis Nov 7, 2012 08:13 PM

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

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                  GardenFresh RE: LindaWhit Nov 9, 2012 08:15 PM

                  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?

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                    scoopG RE: GardenFresh Nov 9, 2012 08:24 PM

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

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                      LindaWhit RE: GardenFresh Nov 10, 2012 05:03 AM

                      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.

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                        paulj RE: GardenFresh Nov 10, 2012 09:00 PM

                        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.
                        http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092048/

                        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
                        )http://japanesefood.about.com/od/rame...
                        Cooking with dog version
                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dn2Gs5...

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                          GardenFresh RE: paulj Nov 11, 2012 09:14 PM

                          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).

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                            paulj RE: GardenFresh Nov 11, 2012 09:26 PM

                            http://www.foodiebuddha.com/2011/11/2...
                            The ingredients of the ramen broth recipe match the demonstrated Momofuku version - scaled down.

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                              linus RE: paulj Nov 12, 2012 05:33 AM

                              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.

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                                GardenFresh RE: linus Nov 13, 2012 09:24 AM

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

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                                  Just Visiting RE: linus Nov 26, 2012 03:11 PM

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

                                  http://www.facebook.com/thisisluckype...

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

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                              paulj RE: paulj Nov 15, 2012 06:35 PM

                              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.

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                                KailuaGirl RE: paulj Dec 5, 2012 12:50 PM

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

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                            nikkihwood RE: John Francis Nov 9, 2012 09:15 PM

                            We don't have a first-tier PBS station here anymore, but the lead second-tier outlet started this tonight.

                            I like it. It makes me think of a filmed version of Lucky Peach magazine. Bourdain's narration is good.

                            Mind you, we're only 20 minutes into the first show.

                            But I like it. So happy we can see it.

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                              Just Visiting RE: nikkihwood Nov 26, 2012 03:08 PM

                              That's exactly what it was. A filmed version of the Lucky Peach. I like Bourdain. A lot. But I find this show - and the Lucky Peach - to be beyond ridic. So effing reverential about food. About noodles. I hope that Chang and Bourdain are in on the joke and realize that they are just playing the role of idiot food-worshippers. Oh holy ramen! Oh perfection sublime! Elevates us to a different plane of existence! Reverberates through our souls! Makes us more worthy of eternal salvation! We now belong to a higher cult of mortals! Ugh. Spare me. It's food.

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                                linguafood RE: Just Visiting Nov 26, 2012 03:11 PM

                                I suppose that comment could be made about pretty much any show about food.

                                And that ramen show made me want to climb through the tv...

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                                  Midlife RE: Just Visiting Nov 26, 2012 04:27 PM

                                  Wow!!! Not familiar with the Lucky Peach, but you sure do have a different POV on this show. Not sure an audience would think much of it if the commentary were something like "Here it is. Draw your own conclusions." I think Chang DOES have a kindof Zen-like thing for food, which I can't find much to argue with.

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                                    Snorkelvik RE: Just Visiting Jan 1, 2013 08:02 PM

                                    LOL! Had the same reaction watching this show. Way over the top. Best segment was when his friend, Aziz Ansari, was approached by a fan who thought he was someone else. I thought Chang was soooo pretentious after his demo. Next!!!

                                2. paulj RE: John Francis Nov 10, 2012 08:27 AM

                                  For a limited time the 1st 4 episodes can be watched online. - at PBS Mind of the Chef.

                                  http://video.pbs.org/program/mind-chef/

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                                    lamb_da_calculus RE: paulj Nov 11, 2012 10:59 AM

                                    Thanks for linking to them. I've watched the Spain, Memory, and Pig episodes. The episodes are kind of loose and relaxed, and there are never recipes (he just makes something and gives an outline of what's happening) but it's fun to watch him/someone else put something together. Kind of a No Reservations feel without as much travel.

                                  2. Phaedrus RE: John Francis Nov 10, 2012 04:20 PM

                                    saw the Noodles and Pork show , as well as the first ten minutes of the Memory show.

                                    I liek ti, its a little different, a lot more challenging mentally. Lots of cool facts and information. Food is definitely front and center with enough of culture and commentary and cleverness to make a nice complete show.

                                    I like it.

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                                      sharhamm RE: Phaedrus Nov 10, 2012 05:46 PM

                                      It was interesting, but when I watdh cooking show I want to be able to get the recipe. Japan is too far to travel when you are limited.

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                                        MVNYC RE: sharhamm Nov 14, 2012 10:47 AM

                                        The title of the show seems to me that it isn't a cooking show. It is how a chef thinks, which is different from people who just want recipes to follow.

                                        Basically there is the information part of the episode then the segment Chef Chang going into the kitchen and showing you how he uses those ideas, sometimes in an unorthodox way. The concept is how chefs get ideas.

                                        I've liked what I have seen so far

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                                          aser RE: MVNYC Nov 16, 2012 01:46 AM

                                          the how's and why's, very similar to the magazine and well literally "the mind of a chef".

                                          great show.

                                    2. Midlife RE: John Francis Nov 11, 2012 12:27 PM

                                      It started on PBS-SoCal last night. DVR'ed it but haven't watched yet.

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                                        Midlife RE: Midlife Nov 12, 2012 03:12 PM

                                        They seem to have shown 4 episodes on the same evening. First one, about Ramen, was pretty good and interesting to watch...... although I have to say that this formula is getting to be a bit ho-hum. Not that I have any great ideas for alternatives.

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                                          Phaedrus RE: Midlife Nov 13, 2012 06:49 AM

                                          I think that has to do with the fact that others had pointed out: the footage was originally filmed to be a part of an app and not necessarily to a TV series.

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                                            Midlife RE: Phaedrus Nov 13, 2012 12:07 PM

                                            These shows are always filmed in advance, so the 4 show night was probably just to hype the series. Harder to miss if they run 4. Do you think the 'formula' is because it was meant as an app? How's that?

                                            Anyway, IMHO Chang is entertaining and his cooking style is pretty interesting and unique. The characters he works with are pretty Bouirdain-ish but that's a good thing. This show may just be different enough to be popular.

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                                              paulj RE: Midlife Nov 13, 2012 01:25 PM

                                              Or PBS made these 4 episodes available to their stations (and online), and your local station decided showing them together was the best fit. I still don't see the show on CreateTV or the Seattle/Tacoma station listings.

                                              The Seattle station often shows it's own 'KCTS cooks' on Saturday afternoons, especially during fundraising times. 2ndary Tacoma KBTC seems to show a subset of Create's offerings.

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                                                Phaedrus RE: Midlife Nov 14, 2012 04:25 AM

                                                The "formula" is that they needed a way to turn segments that were intended to be presented in a parallel manner as in an app and then re-organizing them into a sequential or linear way. The segments of cooking as well as the segments with Harold McGee were definitely meant to be background kinds of links for the app. It was meant to be supplemental information. People may never see those segments and they were not meant to be the primary source.

                                                The memories show was probably meant to be a back ground part of the app to give people an idea about David Chang and where he came from and what his background is.

                                                I think they did a pretty nice job re-writing the narrative and editing the disparate segments into cohesive shows. But the way the segments were filmed imposed a structure on the segments and made it inconvenient to re-order into a TV series.

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                                                  Midlife RE: Phaedrus Nov 25, 2012 04:11 PM

                                                  The "formula" I was referring to is the 'chef visits other chef/artisan supplier/winery' formula. But Chang is more interesting than most and his subjects seem to be as well.

                                                  Our local PBS channel showed 4 new shows yesterday. Haven't had time to watch yet. Overall I'm liking this series a lot. For something that was made for another medium (if that's true) it really doesn't seem to be abnormal in any way.

                                        2. Silverjay RE: John Francis Nov 11, 2012 01:58 PM

                                          They hit up a shop that I visited and posted about six years ago--> http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/347723 ...I enjoyed this episode. Nothing new for me, but I'm happy that Japanese ramen culture is getting some of its' day here in the U.S.

                                          1. paulj RE: John Francis Nov 15, 2012 02:20 PM

                                            Other shows from Zero Point Zero productions (on Travel, Cooking, PBS)
                                            http://zeropointzero.com/tv.htm

                                            1. pamf RE: John Francis Nov 15, 2012 04:26 PM

                                              The SF Bay Area PBS channel, KQED, is showing this on Saturday morning, as part of their line-up of cooking shows. First episode is Nov 17, 9:30am Pacific time.

                                              1. paulj RE: John Francis Nov 15, 2012 10:12 PM

                                                Speaking of ramen, a Japanese chain is opening their first US shop in the Seattle area
                                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/876667
                                                Kukai / Kookai

                                                1. ennuisans RE: John Francis Nov 17, 2012 03:41 PM

                                                  I got my DVR cranked up too late for the first episodes, but they're online here and there as mentioned. "Rene" was a lot of fun, but I had to watch "Rotten" through my fingers. They both present such different (to me) ways of looking at food that I'll likely watch them once or twice more.

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                                                    smtucker RE: John Francis Nov 17, 2012 06:05 PM

                                                    I am completely loving this series. I think Chang has a certain kind of brilliance, and getting a peek into how his world works is fascinating. How do you go from a childhood snack of sprinkling a ramen seasoning pack onto noodles and eating the cold move into adult food that people wait in line for hours to eat? Or watching Chefs of the World as a kid to determining how to cook eggs in an infusion bath?

                                                    1. lamb_da_calculus RE: John Francis Nov 18, 2012 11:36 AM

                                                      All of the Mind of a Chef episodes (up to the Rene Redzepi episode) are on YouTube, although a few may get taken down since they've been uploaded by a 3rd party.

                                                      1. MC Slim JB RE: John Francis Nov 25, 2012 05:49 PM

                                                        I really dislike most food TV programming, but I'm quite enjoying this show, having made it through the first 10 episodes.

                                                        http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                                                          Just Visiting RE: John Francis Nov 26, 2012 03:19 PM

                                                          That Parisian gnocchi recipe really gave Paul Deen a run for her money, didn't it? First he tells us that he can't eat it because of salt and cholesterol. He cooks the noodles in milk. Presumably whole milk. Four egg yolks. Pipes it out into boiling water then rolls it in olive oil and fries it in butter. Then parmesan reggiano. Instead of rolling her eyes and extending the word delicious into 29 syllables, we get a little giggle from Chang.

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                                                            small h RE: John Francis Nov 26, 2012 06:13 PM

                                                            I watched the Noodle and Memory episodes online. I was very interested in watching David Chang cook, and talk about cooking, and talk to other people about cooking. But I was much, much less interested in watching him eat, or play golf, or hang out in an arcade, or shoot the shit with Peter Meehan. I don't watch much non-fiction tv, precisely because I find it too reliant on this type of filler - the vapid ad-libbing, the pointless repetition. That 23:00 of pretty good could easily have been 15:00 of awesome, and I'm annoyed that it wasn't.

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                                                              linguafood RE: small h Nov 26, 2012 06:17 PM

                                                              Good point.

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                                                                lamb_da_calculus RE: small h Nov 28, 2012 07:45 PM

                                                                Those two episodes have an unusual amount of non-food stuff in them. Basically all episodes afterward are entirely food-related. They're up on pbs.org, I'd give it another go. The Rene Redzepi and Egg/Chef episodes are great.

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                                                                  paulj RE: lamb_da_calculus Dec 1, 2012 10:49 AM

                                                                  I just tried the whirlpool egg. Interesting and good, in its own way. Texture is distinct, though reminiscent of creamy small curd scrambled eggs. I'm sure I'll try it again.

                                                                  A small amount of egg stuck to the pan bottom, so next time I'll use more water. The chef mentioned that without the whirlpool the egg will just settle to the bottom. So don't skimp on the water depth.

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                                                                    small h RE: lamb_da_calculus Dec 2, 2012 06:40 PM

                                                                    I just watched Rotten & Rene, and I found both to be heavy on the wheat and light on the chaff. So thanks for encouraging me to give the series another chance. I wish I hadn't see the death of that 200-year-old clam in Rene, though, as it made me sad. I've killed more than my fair share of clams, and rarely gave it a second thought, but the advanced age of that one got to me.

                                                                2. linguafood RE: John Francis Nov 28, 2012 11:22 PM

                                                                  Gluttony, Simple, and Japan were highlights so far. Although the Joe Beef's double down is ...sick. I'd have to share it with at least 3 more folks. How much does it even cost??

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                                                                    lamb_da_calculus RE: linguafood Nov 29, 2012 09:08 AM

                                                                    Per a photo on Yelp, it looks to be 21 canadian for an entree size, which doesn't seem unreasonable at all. I wouldn't eat more than a bite though. The guy making it didn't seemed kind of annoyed that there was a market for it.

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                                                                      mariacarmen RE: linguafood Dec 4, 2012 08:43 PM

                                                                      i loved that too.

                                                                      didn't like the sort of "edgy" editing/music - too "No Reservations" in some ways, but overall enjoyed the one I've seen so far. I now want to taste really good ramen.

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                                                                      AngelSanctuary RE: John Francis Dec 1, 2012 12:17 AM

                                                                      Anyone know where a Canadian might be able to catch all the episodes?

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                                                                        paulj RE: AngelSanctuary Dec 1, 2012 12:21 AM

                                                                        Have you tried seeing them online (via PBS Mind of A Chef)?

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                                                                          AngelSanctuary RE: paulj Dec 1, 2012 10:25 AM

                                                                          Don't work in my area =(

                                                                      2. Teague RE: John Francis Dec 1, 2012 11:05 AM

                                                                        I loved the 3 I have seen. I like it that there is more than just cooking. It's the "mind of the chef", so it's fun to get to know said chef a little through the non-kitchen spots. Very entertaining TV, and Chang is charming.

                                                                        1. Midlife RE: John Francis Dec 1, 2012 12:06 PM

                                                                          Liking this show more and more with each episode. Always thought Chang was unique and fascinating. Now I'm sure of it.

                                                                          I like the way he adapts concepts. Even though his food is decidedly Asian, there is plenty that applies to whatever I'm thinking of doing. Much of the fun of cooking, for me anyway, is applying techniques and ingredients from one cuisine to another. You come up with some pretty amazing food that way. It DOES help, though, to have some idea of what you're likely to end up with as you go.

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                                                                            linguafood RE: Midlife Dec 1, 2012 01:07 PM

                                                                            Making gnocchi out of ramen was brilliant.

                                                                          2. lamb_da_calculus RE: John Francis Dec 3, 2012 05:32 PM

                                                                            Another 4 episodes - "New York", "Fresh", "Soy", and "Sweet Spot" - are up on PBS (at least in the U.S.).

                                                                            1. paulj RE: John Francis Dec 4, 2012 01:38 PM

                                                                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJ64ZW...
                                                                              Harvard Science and Cooking lecture with David Chang

                                                                              1. EWSflash RE: John Francis Dec 4, 2012 06:48 PM

                                                                                I subscribed to a year of Lucky Peach, and found it to be equal parts fascinating insider reading and colossal circle jerk. I liked it more than I wanted to. Not sure if they're still publishing or if they are, whether I want to sign on. Does anybody know what they're up to?

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                                                                                  pamf RE: EWSflash Dec 4, 2012 07:32 PM

                                                                                  Issue #5, The Chinatown Issue, just came out in mid-November. They are soliciting for subscription renewals, so I guess they plan to continue publishing it. You can always buy the individual issues, but the cover price is $12.00 vs. the $28/annual 4 issue price.

                                                                                2. mariacarmen RE: John Francis Dec 4, 2012 09:28 PM

                                                                                  for some reason on PBS online, episodes 2, 3, and 4 are missing...

                                                                                  just watched the Rotten episode. Great! i loved seeing how bonita shavings are made. and the kimchi segment was good too, despite that woman's annoying voice. I'm really liking David Chang - he's down-to-earth, real, doesn't seem to be trying to be cool or hip.

                                                                                  just watched the Rene episode - really awesome too. such interesting things he's doing. especially loved the trash dish.

                                                                                  but i too felt sad about the 200 year old clam....

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                                                                                    paulj RE: mariacarmen Dec 4, 2012 11:17 PM

                                                                                    The full episodes are online for only a limited time. The next set (5&6) are labeled as expiring 12/7

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                                                                                      mariacarmen RE: paulj Dec 5, 2012 12:56 AM

                                                                                      ah, got it. thanks. bummer. must hurry.

                                                                                  2. lamb_da_calculus RE: John Francis Dec 6, 2012 04:50 PM

                                                                                    I think Chang is great as a host, and a chef as well, but having watched all episodes thus far I don't think I've ever seen anyone who uses slow-poached eggs as much as he does.

                                                                                    1. paulj RE: John Francis Dec 6, 2012 06:27 PM

                                                                                      For those who can't watch this show, it might be worth buying the DVD. The DVD listing shows two more episodes:
                                                                                      15. David Chang profiles regional BBQ in North Carolina, Texas and Kansas City and the other-worldly smoky bacon from Allen Benton in Tennessee.

                                                                                      16. David Chang cooks and goofs around with his friends Peter Meehan in Japan, Laurent Gras, Sat Bains, and Rene Redzepi in Copenhagen.

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                                                                                        paulj RE: paulj Dec 25, 2012 10:14 PM

                                                                                        Has anyone seen these last 2 episodes? Online they have shorts from episodes 1-14, and full episode 1. All the other full episodes have expired.

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                                                                                          paulj RE: paulj Jan 12, 2013 01:18 PM

                                                                                          PBS now has clips from episodes 15 and 16 online. Maybe they will put the full episodes online next week.

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                                                                                            lamb_da_calculus RE: paulj Jan 14, 2013 06:03 PM

                                                                                            They're up now, at least for me.

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                                                                                              paulj RE: lamb_da_calculus Jan 14, 2013 06:22 PM

                                                                                              and available for the rest of January

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                                                                                                mariacarmen RE: lamb_da_calculus Jan 17, 2013 06:11 AM

                                                                                                full versions? have to check that out as i missed a couple episodes.

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                                                                                                  paulj RE: mariacarmen Jan 17, 2013 08:45 AM

                                                                                                  It's only the last two, 15 and 16, that are available in full. Looks like episode 1 is up permanently.

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                                                                                                    mariacarmen RE: paulj Jan 17, 2013 09:44 AM

                                                                                                    oh ok, thanks.

                                                                                        2. GraydonCarter RE: John Francis Jan 20, 2013 01:16 PM

                                                                                          Yesterday I saw the Ramen episode and then last night dreamed about making Chicken noodle soup. It was something about the deep color of the chicken stock reduction that made it so inviting.

                                                                                          1. lamb_da_calculus RE: John Francis Aug 20, 2013 07:29 PM

                                                                                            Resurrected to point out that the whole first season (a second one, although not with David Chang, is coming in the fall) is on Amazon streaming. It's free if you have prime.

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                                                                                              Jambie RE: lamb_da_calculus Aug 21, 2013 05:51 AM

                                                                                              The first season is also on Netflix instant streaming.

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                                                                                                mariacarmen RE: Jambie Aug 21, 2013 01:39 PM

                                                                                                awesome, thanks.

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                                                                                              John Francis RE: John Francis Aug 21, 2013 03:15 PM

                                                                                              I've watched some of the shows and wonder how David Chang can have gotten his reputation as a chef. Yes, he's opened a bunch of successful restaurants, but if they served the kind of dishes he does in the last segment of this show, who would eat there? The low point was a "Chinese" dish of pork belly simmered in Hawaiian Punch, Starburst candy and strawberry Menthos. The rest of the show, when he visits real chefs making very edible food, is well worth watching.

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                                                                                                linguafood RE: John Francis Aug 21, 2013 03:19 PM

                                                                                                I thought it was pretty clever how he made gnocchi out of ramen noodles, and find the show generally one of the more watchable food shows on TV these days.

                                                                                              2. LurkerDan RE: John Francis Apr 22, 2014 09:47 AM

                                                                                                I just started watching this on Netflix, somehow I missed this thread and any mention of the show previously. It's always interesting reading an old discussion about something that's fresh in your mind. Especially when you couldn't disagree more with some people.

                                                                                                I really really like this show, I find it very interesting. I like the look of different foods, the interesting takes on classics, the riffs that Chang does in the kitchen, some simple and some incredibly complex. I don't care that I may never make any of it, I like the insight into the mind of an obviously great chef. And I like Chang a lot, I'd love to hang out with him and sip some whiskey and eat some food.

                                                                                                1. YAYME RE: John Francis Apr 23, 2014 03:25 PM

                                                                                                  been watching on it Netlfix and re-watching it over and over and over again... basically I love this show. Didn't like the second season with Sean Brock.

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                                                                                                    jackiecat RE: YAYME Apr 23, 2014 04:32 PM

                                                                                                    Our public TV station is running these late and out of order. The one episode I saw so far with Sean I didn't like too much but the one with April Bloomfield was very good.

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                                                                                                      paulj RE: jackiecat Apr 23, 2014 04:52 PM

                                                                                                      2nd season was half Sean, and half April. Overall I preferred April. But for me it was more a matter of content than personal style.

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                                                                                                        ennuisans RE: paulj Apr 23, 2014 05:47 PM

                                                                                                        Myself I liked Sean Brock's country take on things, particularly the heirloom beans episode, but that's one of the good things about this movable host concept.

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                                                                                                          lamb_da_calculus RE: paulj Apr 23, 2014 05:48 PM

                                                                                                          I felt the same way. Sean Brock is clearly very serious about representing southern food in a positive and thoughtful light, and I can respect that but after a few episodes it got kind of old. I never saw his Senegal episode though.

                                                                                                          April's half felt more like the first season with Chang, where it's really just "here's some thing and here are a bunch of people who know about that thing, now let's watch them do something with that thing".

                                                                                                          I'm really excited about Season 3. The two chefs are going to be Edward Lee and Magnus Nilsson. Lee I've never heard of but given the show's track record I'm optimistic. With Nilsson I actually read the Faviken (his restaurant) cookbook last summer and can't wait to see what he does, especially given how hyper-local and traditional much of his cooking is.

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                                                                                                            paulj RE: lamb_da_calculus Apr 23, 2014 06:19 PM

                                                                                                            Edward Lee was featured on The Splendid Table
                                                                                                            http://www.splendidtable.org/story/so...

                                                                                                            I hadn't heard of Nilsson. Sounds like he's another excuse for Bourdain to visit René Redzepi in Copenhagen.
                                                                                                            http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandsty...

                                                                                                            http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandsty...

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                                                                                                              ennuisans RE: paulj Apr 23, 2014 06:24 PM

                                                                                                              He's also been on at least one episode of MoaC, but I can't remember what he did or who with. And of course he was a contestant on everyone's favorite Top Chef: Texas.

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                                                                                                                paulj RE: ennuisans Apr 23, 2014 06:30 PM

                                                                                                                From Wiki, Season 2 of MoaC
                                                                                                                3 "Rice" September 21, 2013
                                                                                                                This episode is all about rice and its role in Southern cuisine. Sean visits Anson Mills to see where they grow and mill Carolina Gold rice. In the fields at Anson Mills, Sean and Glen prepare an Appalachian classic, perlou. And in Nashville, Sean makes Hoppin’ John and Chef Ed Lee shows Sean how to make Korean BBQ.

                                                                                                                Season 3 press release
                                                                                                                http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2014...

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                                                                                                                  LurkerDan RE: paulj Apr 23, 2014 09:44 PM

                                                                                                                  He was on an earlier episode, one from Season 1 (as I haven't seen any of season 2), it was one involving bourbon, but he didn't really do anything, he was just there.

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