FOODIE FRIDAY: Of cabbages and YouTube queens

Emily Kim, also known for her YouTube persona “Maangchi” (Korean for “hammer”), has now attracted over 1 million subscribers to her cooking channel. Since 2007, Kim has been producing videos that showed how to cook traditional Korean dishes. She has also published her book on how to cook real Korean food. Before her career as…

FOODIE FRIDAY: Gastronomy and Irony

After some Asian American writers protested the publication of his latest New Yorker poem, “Have They Run Out of Provinces Yet?,” humorist Calvin Trillin had to defend his doggerel as just satire of the “food-obsessed bourgeoisie,” not racist verse. Trillin’s offending poem starts out with a complaint: “Have they run out of provinces yet? If…

FOODIE FRIDAY: Authenticity in gastronomy

In 1961, restauratrice Cecilia Chiang opened The Mandarin restaurant in San Francisco and introduced Americans to real Northern Chinese dishes. She served hot-and-sour soup, dumplings, pot stickers, beggar’s chicken, smoked tea duck, Peking Duck, among many others that replaced then-standard Chinatown food like egg foo young, egg drop soup, and chop suey. Chiang received the…

FOODIE FRIDAY: Art, love, honor, & fish

Sushi chef Toshio Oguma and apprentice Oona Tempest, featured in these two videos, demonstrate the artistry, mastery, passion, and other complex human qualities behind the making of sushi. The master chef and student interact behind the sushi bar, creating new edible experiences, practicing their commitment to the craft, and respecting tradition. Oguma and Tempest conduct…

FOODIE FRIDAY: Cooking with the White House Executive Chef

As Executive Chef of the White House, Cristeta Comerford determines the food that will be served for President Barack Obama’s family and at state dinners, like during the recent state visit by the new Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Comerford has been the White House Executive Chef since 2005, having served the Bush and Obama…

FOODIE FRIDAY: Exploring flavors of identity

Seattle Asian American Film Festival recently featured Grace Lee’s documentary “Off the Menu: Asian America,” which she describes as “as a road trip through the United States, where we get to meet folks that reflect an evolving Asian America and a wide ranging relationship with food.” It is not just a cooking or travel show,…

DAILY NEWS BRIEF: Boston politics, Seattle foodies, San Francisco weed

[Boston Herald] Council leader reflects Boston’s newfound youth, diversity: “Wu didn’t grow up in Boston. Suspicion of outsiders once made growing up in Boston’s neighborhoods a virtual prerequisite to political success.” [The Stranger] On the Redefinition of Asian American Food and Identity: “While the recipes are interesting, it’s the personal stories of growing up Asian…