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Todd English, Food Trips: Japan


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Todd English, Food Trips: Japan

nfo | | Dec 31, 2006 12:27 AM

Did anyone else see the premier for his new show? I saw it in the home market (WGBH), so maybe we got it before it's aired elsewhere. Whatever your opinion of Todd English, the show has some promise.

It had really great footage of Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, the best I've seen. It really captured how it feels to watch the tuna auctions, and then walk through the outer market. It's great stuff, and if you've never been, this is about as close to the experience as you can get without going in person.

The second half of the show explores other kinds of Japanese cuisine (beyond sushi). There's a focus on finding Kobe beef, but really it's just more interesting to catch glimpses of the many kinds of specialized restaurants in Japan (whereas over here, you get your approximation of sushi and tempura and tonkatsu and robata all at one restaurant).

There are clips where he makes a (rare) appearance at Olives to throw together a quick recipe for us folks at home. These sections are pretty useless.

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