51aG1SpoJ-L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_EatDrinkFilms requested a few recipes from renowned chef Jeremiah Tower and he sent his “Duck with Endive Salad” and “Consommé Marijuana” to tie in with the theatrical release of Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent opening at theaters across the U.S. in late April and early May. Current scheduled openings are here.  Read Gaetano Kazuo Maida’ review here.

Tower’s book Start with Fire  has been newly revised and reissued.  Continue reading

Mystery, Metaphor, Mastery Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent


A Film Review by Gaetano Kazuo Maida

(Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent opens at theaters across the U.S. in late April and early May. Current scheduled openings are here. )

JT posterThis is that rare work that will surprise anyone with preconceptions about what a food film, or a film about a chef, can be. True, it starts conventionally enough, with a series of talking heads, some well-known, some less so, describing the twice famous chef Jeremiah Tower. But after that quick feint, it begins to explore a poor little rich boy narrative, and very soon we are in new territory.

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THE ENCOUNTER: A Movie in Your Head

by Gary Meyer

Have you ever lost contact with the outside world, deep in the Amazonian rainforest with an Indian tribe, drenched by storms, attacked by deadly insects and experiencing hallucinogenic encounters with a jaguar? And the sounds—oh those sounds of the jungle forever in your brain.

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If so— you are a rare adventurer but the play The Encounter can change that. Though you will leave dry and unbitten the visual and audio images will stay with you and possibly change the way you think about both theater and the world. The Encounter has a limited engagement at San Francisco’s Curran through Sunday, May 7.

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“I bleed kimchi”….no more

by Gary Meyer

One of our favorite places to eat is FuseBOX in West Oakland. At both lunch and dinner our taste buds have always enjoyed surprises from Sunhil Chang’s Korean fusion kitchen. Co-owner Ellen Sebastian Chang is well known for her work as a theater director and producer. She has written for EatDrinkFilms. And the staff, wearing “I bleed kimchi” tee shirts, are the friendliest and most knowledgeable servers you could ask to make your visit memorable.

(See Chang’s Kimchi recipes and video at the end of this article)


Bacon wrapped mochi with pickled mustard seeds. Photo: Anna Mindess; courtesy Berkeleyside



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A review by Gaetano Kazuo Maida

(In Search of Israeli Cuisine is opening in theaters all over America in March and April. Find locations and dates here.)

Essess, eat!” Even the vaguest scent of homemade chicken soup or flanken or kasha or just sautéed onions brings to me echoes of the bubbes of the Bronx Jewish girls I dated as a teenager (sometimes simply because her grandmother lived with the family!). Despite the richness of the cuisines of my own family (Sicilian and Japanese), and an extended involvement with the restaurant profession, it’s yiddishkeit food that remains one of the comfort foods of my life. It doesn’t hurt that my wife is a Sabra who enjoys cooking and eating with me, and incidentally, grew up with one of her own bubbes at home….


Michael Solomonov is best known here as the chef-owner of a remarkable and successful Israeli restaurant in Philadelphia, Zahav (“gold”); his recent Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking, was the 2016 James Beard Cookbook of the Year.  IN SEARCH OF ISRAELI CUISINE, directed by Roger Sherman, documents his efforts to discover and define what is Israeli cuisine today. Motivated by tragedy, Solomonov, born in Israel and raised in the States, sets out to explore Israel’s “rich abundant history, and conflict and turmoil as well… the mission is to show the complexity as well as the beauty of things here.”

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