Binging with Babish: Tomate du Saltambique from The West Wing

President Josiah Bartlet, apart from being a charismatic and noble leader of these United States, had a real thing for food. Be it the Butterball turkey hotline or pumpkin soup with cheese gnocchi, the man knew both good policy and food. If only he weren’t a figment of Aaron Sorkin’s imagination, much like this interpretation of Alain Passard’s dessert tomato.

Bug Chef | David George Gordon // 60 Second Docs

The Bug Chef, aka David George Gordon, released an insect-based cookbook in 1998 and has been cooking with bugs ever since, a traveling chef sautéing scorpions for cheering crowds. Rich in protein, vitamins and minerals, two billion people are already eating bugs; Gordon’s just bringing gourmets up to speed. As our population grows another billion in the next 40 years, Gordon warns that humans will have to find alternate protein sources to spare the environment — and he thinks bugs are just the superfood we need.

Binging with Babish: Tampopo Ramen

Tampopo is a genre-bender ahead of its time, affectionately referred to as a “ramen western”. Like spaghetti western. But Japanese. Hence the ramen. It’s a play on words, you don’t get it. This 1985 foodie flight of fancy features a ‘ramen master’, who artfully studies and mindfully consumes his bowl of steaming noodles and broth.