Links We Love: Soothing, Cheerful, & Just Plain Inspiring Food Content

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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.

July 24: BAMCO HQ edition

Nutrition and wellness information is everywhere you turn. But sometimes it can be hard to know what is good advice and what’s just noise. We’d like to help clear up the confusion with a short list of credible resources we love.

July 17: BAMCO HQ edition

  • Cute kids and good food: Grey the toddler saying such sweet thank-yous to his mother’s delicious-looking food on TikTok (watch compilation) and little Chef Kobe cooking all sorts of things on Instagram (we especially <3 the pizza one!)
  • But you’ll have to shake your own hand: Think you’ve gotten good at baking? Are you ready to take on a “Great British Baking Show” Technical Challenge? PBS has the recipes from those knuckle-biting segments — but don’t worry, they are full instructions, not those cryptic ones the contestants get.
  • Travel and dine virtually: Chefs we know are absolutely loving “Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories,” a series on Netflix about a seemingly ordinary Japanese diner where people bond over food (remember that?). At the end, you’ll get tips on making the dish from the episode.

July 10: Amy Kimoto-Kahn edition

  • I’m a big fan of Nami’s website. She makes such beautiful traditional Japanese recipes that are very easy to follow and very family friendly. 
  • Toiro Kitchen & Supply:I purchased my first and favorite donabe (traditional earthenware used for cooking Japanese nabemono or hot pot) from this website and shop in LA and I love that they really educate people on the history of donabe as well as how to season and take care of your donabe. 
  • Marc Matsumoto has such a wonderful compilation of recipes from all over the world. He’s really put a lot of thought into each one and his website is bursting with color, makes you hungry just looking at his wonderful photography. 

July 3: Immunity-Boosting Edition

Nutrition and wellness information is everywhere you turn. But sometimes it can be hard to know what is good advice and what’s just noise. We’d like to help clear up the confusion with a short list of credible resources we love.

June 19: Sophie Egan edition

  • Save the Food: Check out these  recipe ideas for using food scraps, tips for prep and storage to get the longest life possible out of every food that enters your kitchen, and a calculator to figure out just how much money your family can save by, in their words, “kicking food waste to the curb”!
  • All things Joel Gamoran: Brown Banana, Ready for Seconds, and Yummly
  • The Nimble Cook, by Ronna Welsh

June 12: FoodWhat?! Edition

June 5: Healthy Kids Edition

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:

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:

April 24, 2020 | Ramadan edition

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

March 27, 2020