Happy Twelfth Night!

January 6, 2009 at 8:37 am

Originally posted at Edible TV on January 5, 2009.

According to Wikipedia Twelfth Night is “a holiday in some branches of Christianity marking the coming of the Epiphany, concluding the Twelve Days of Christmas, and is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as “the evening of the fifth of January, preceding Twelfth Day, the eve of the Epiphany, formerly the last day of the Christmas festivities and observed as a time of merrymaking.

“The celebration of Epiphany, the adoration of the Magi, is marked in some cultures by the exchange of gifts, and Twelfth Night, as the eve or vigil of Epiphany, takes on a similar significance to Christmas Eve.”

Many of you may recognize Ed Levine from his stints as a judge on Iron Chef: America and as the food critic on That Money Show or as the editor of Serious Eats.  He has, after all, made a career of eating so it is only natural that he is a hero of mine.  With this in mind I have a very special Twelfth Night gift for all of the Edible TV faithful.  Recently I stumbled on a series of videos from the mind of Levine entitled Chewing the Fat.

Chewing the Fat is a series of short video interviews (less than 3 minutes) from a list Levine made of, “interesting people I wanted to interview on camera.”  So what people?  How about Good Eats host Alton Brown.  The seven clip series of Brown was shot, directed, and edited by Hamburger America director and author George M. Motz.  The interview was shot in the Spring of 2008 and subjects include “Race, Class, and Food” and “Alton Brown on Hospitality.”  Each video is poignant and humorous.

The new series is a knoshing session with Mario Batali and Anthony Bourdain.  The first webisode provides an intimate look at the two popular foodies including the revelation that Bourdain’s life has changed since the birth of his child.

I look forward to future episodes of Chewing the Fat and urge you to view each one by venturing HERE.

Happy Twelfth Night!

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Stuart is a celebrity chef and award winning food writer. Donald performs live cooking demonstrations and penned the cookbook Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor."

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