Now streaming on Netflix: ‘Chew on This’ TED Talks


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Had enough of Food Network shows? Bored by yet another food-themed reality show? Here’s something that might tax your brain and intrigue you at the same time.

Now streaming on Netflix, a collection of TED talks gathered under the title “Chew on This.” They’ve put together 14 episodes, one as short as four minutes, most 15 minutes or so. Think of them as food shorts.


Talks include Dan Barber’s (Blue Hill, NYC, and Blue Hill at Stone Barn) “How I Fell in Love With a Fish.” Mark Bittman lectures on “What’s Wrong With What We Eat,” while Ann Cooper, the ‘renegade lunch lady’ talks school lunches.

My interest tends more toward pizza-obsessed author Peter Reinhart on “Bread,” and maybe Dan Barber’s “Foie Gras Parable.”

I can see now, though, I’m not going to be able to wrest the remote control out of husband’s hands until baseball season is over.

Sorry, the talks are not available as DVDs, only the streaming format.


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