Welcome to Links We Love. We’re rounding up some of our favorite food and drink content from across the web into this running list. In sharing what inspires us in this challenging time, we hope to inspire you, too.
June 5: Healthy Kids Edition
- The Edible Schoolyard Project has a wealth of lessons and activities that kids can try at home, from educational coloring sheets to creating your own planter box from easily upcycled materials.
- Learn all about Oakland’s inspiring 16-year-old chef, Rahanna Bisseret Martinez, in this article by the San Francisco Chronicle, and check out her visit to a Bon Appétit Healthy Kids class at Oracle Park
- Still scared to let your kids chop even after reading our knife safety tips [LINK]? Try watch this chef-led, kid-approved knife-safety video together.
May 29, Andrea Nguyen edition:
When I need a laugh, I check in with Weird Al Yankovic’s Youtube channel, which never fails to make me giggle. I was a nerd (and still am), and he gloriously celebrates that with his music. My favorites include Eat It and Like a Surgeon. And if you don’t know who he is, or after watching a few videos want to get to know him better, this New York Times profile is a gem.
Or stream these food films that have inspired me:
- Tampopo: I’ve watched this maybe six times, starting from when all the ramen I knew about was Top Ramen. Then I went looking for the real deal.
- Babette’s Feast: I’ve watched this maybe four times. Utterly charming and beautiful filmmaking.
- Eat Drink, Man Woman: Chinese food wrapped up in all its cultural nuances! Laugh, cry, and learn.
- Tortilla Soup: People compare this movie to Eat Drink, Man Woman but it has its own Latin flavor, with Los Angeles as the backdrop; I love L.A.
- Jiro Dreams of Sushi: Is there anything more inspiring than this man’s singular devotion?
May 22, Humane Society edition:
- The Game Changers, a documentary about protein and strength — available on Netflix!
- Minimalist Baker, Simple Recipes that Make You Feel Good
- Veggie Primer, Whole Food Plant-Based Menu Plans
- Eating Meat Free, the Humane Society of the United States
May 15, 2020 | Food Waste edition
PSA for all bakers! The discard from your sourdough starter is actually an incredible ingredient that can be used to make some delicious recipes (and we’re not just talking about pancakes)! Check out these bakers who are pushing the envelope with their “discard baking”:
- Anne Marie of Zerowaste Chef has recipes for pretzels and vegan chocolate cake (bonus: she also has a tutorial on how you can maintain your sourdough starter without using any plastic wrap)
- Tara Jensen of Bakerhands has a scrumptious cookie recipe
- And Erin Jeanne McDowell from New York Times even has a homemade pasta recipe!
May 8, 2020 | Seafood Watch edition
We work at an aquarium and admittedly wear our love for the ocean and seafood on our sleeves. With that out of the way, here are our favorite virtual escapes for the homebound:
- Our world is…stressful right now. Give yourself the space to unwind with the world’s cutest animals.
- Want to laugh and learn something delicious? Check out this shrimp and grits video from Los Angeles chef Sammy Monsour (a member of Seafood Watch’s Blue Ribbon Task Force)
- Juggling work and homeschooling is hard. Thankfully, we have fun and educational resources for kids of every age and interest. And at least a few you might want to indulge in yourself!
April 24, 2020 | Ramadan edition
- COVID-19 has required adaptations of all kinds. Muslims around the U.S. tell the Counter how they are adapting their traditional evening meals.
- Even though we’re 6’ apart, we can still share recipes, and the Muslim Chef is posting delicious-looking dishes from Johannesburg
- Since the only travel we can do this year is virtual, the sights and sounds in this video of Ramadan street food in India from 2019 are a great escape
- Printable coloring pages with educational Ramadan images
April 16, 2020
- With packaged yeast in short supply, many home bakers are making sourdough starter for the first time. Here’s a handy guide for how to use that starter in place of dry yeast in common recipes.
- Cake Wrecks: quarantine version
- Watch Fanny Singer and her mother Alice (Waters!) make a beautifully simple pasta with anchovies, garlic, and olive oil in their home kitchen.
- We “Can” Re-Think That — in honor of Earth Week, harness your time at home by reducing your waste.
April 3, 2020
- Jose Andres singing and dancing to Hamilton while making angel hair with tomato sauce with his daughters is a guaranteed mood-booster.
- Get inspired by Eater’s List of The Best Cookbooks of Spring 2020. Then check in with your favorite local indie bookseller to see if they’re offering shipping. (Indie Bound is a great place to start.)
- During this time when we’re all experimenting as we try new techniques while using up things in our cupboards, Julia Child teaches us that cooking is about confidence and improvisation.
March 27, 2020
- Executive Pastry Chef Vincent Attali @LinkedIn Makes Chocolate Truffles (5 minute video)
Watching a pro make truffles is decidedly satisfying, even if you yourself can’t make them right this moment. (Hot tip: You can use chocolate chips!)
- Seeing where this Italian man goes when he goes out for coffee is just the laugh we needed.
- Since you’re shopping less frequently, don’t just stock up on fruits and vegetables. Stock up on long-lasting fruits and vegetables.