My Favorite Food Shows

I enjoy watching lots of food-related shows, ranging from crazy reality TV (I’ll admit it, despite it’s lack of culinary depth, Cutthroat Kitchen is sometimes fun to watch!) to cooking shows to more serious documentaries…as long as they involve food, I’ll watch it! Through watching these shows, I’m often inspired and amazed by chefs who share their creations that represent who they are. Here are some of my favorite food shows: Continue reading

2016 International Youth Food Culture Contest

On a cool summer evening two years ago, a boy I befriended at his father’s fruit stand in the farmer’s market showed me his drawing pad. Having just immigrated to the U.S. not long ago, he did not speak much English. But from the green papayas and golden rice fields he painted, I saw the world he came from.

At around the same time, a seemingly ordinary image on Food Network caught my attention: A young girl in a remote, poverty-stricken village in Southeast Asia was clinging to a picture she drew — a picture of local produce. Her face was beaming with the happiest smile. On the side of her drawing, a few words were neatly written which translated to: I love to cook. Instantly, my heart lightened up. I might not know which language this girl spoke or where her village was, but I could feel her joy, pride, and hope—the language of food is universal.  Continue reading

A Visit to the Birthplace of California Cuisine

Whether you live in California or not, you probably have heard the term “California Cuisine.” What exactly does California Cuisine refer to in popular food culture?

In the book Culture and Customs of the United States: Culture (Shearer, Benjamin F., Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007, Pages 212-213), culture expert Benjamin F. Shearer summarized the features of California Cuisine with two phrases: “locally grown fresh ingredients” and “a fusion of tastes from all over the world.” Indeed, in popular food literature and review, California Cuisine is always associated with freshly prepared local ingredients and internationally influenced fusion dishesContinue reading