Perennial Plate

Have you had a chance to catch The Perennial Plate?

The Perennial Plate is an online weekly documentary series dedicated to socially responsible and adventurous eating.

Who doesn’t love THAT idea?

Creator Daniel Klein and co-producer/cameragirl Mirra Fine are traveling the world exploring the wonders, complexities, and stories behind the ever-more-connected global food system.

“Klein, who has cooked at the restaurants of Thomas Keller, Heston Blumenthal, and Tom Colicchio … offers a closer look at where our food can actually come from (but often doesn’t) than anything you’re likely to see on the Food Network,” says the Huffington Post.

The episodes follow the culinary, agricultural, and hunting explorations of this intrepid chef.

“Season One took place over a calendar year in Minnesota where, every Monday for 52 weeks, the duo released short films about good food,” reports the Plate’s website. “In Season Two, Klein and Fine traveled across America, taking the viewer on a journey to appreciate and understand where good food comes from and how to enjoy it.”

This season, Klein and Fine are blazing a trail around the world—to China, Japan, India, Spain, Morocco, Italy, Turkey, Argentina, Mexico, South Africa, and Ethiopia. Along the way, they’re telling the stories of real food and the people who make it.

In a recent episode called “Do Not Blame the Sea,” the destination was Sri Lanka, where a small fishing family was nearly decimated by the 2004 tsunami. “And yet today, they still fish (either on stilts or in a boat) because they have to do it to survive,” explains Klein.

Even though I’ll never be able to catch up on the site’s bounty of past episodes, I can’t wait to see where they’ll go next.

Who knew I could be an armchair traveler and a footrest foodie at the same time?

If you’re already a fan, share your favorite episode.

Photo by Lars Swanson

Photo by Lars Swanson

Photo by Steve Young-Burns

Photo by Steve Young-Burns

Photo by Lily Rachles

Photo by Lily Rachles


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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    This series is new to me but I absolutely love how inspired younger chefs are bringing back the art and quality of cooking to everyone! It is almost a scientific passion. Real agriculture bringing basic ingredients together in delicious ways. To me, it is the hope to move our nation beyond overly processed food. They have a lot of work ahead of them but they are truly exciting to learn about and follow. We will all be the healthier for their work and sharing of a true food revolution!

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