21 Minutes of immense Pleasure

If there ever was a special Emmy award for hummus related TV, this episode of Good Eats would have definitely won. Until that happens, the award is all yours. Watch this video.

In most countries (including Israel) people are not familiar with this TV series, but in the States, Good Eats is a very popular cooking show. It is broadcast on Food Network since 1998, and every child knows the mad scientist character played by Elton Brown.

Unlike other cooking shows, which concentrate on explaining how to prepare food, Good Eats also explains why. The show presents the science and technique behind the cooking, the history of the different foods, the benefits and differences between ingredients and cooking methods, and everything else you would expect a crazy scientist to know.

Every episode has a theme, which can be a dish, a cooking method, a holiday or an event. Episode 14 in Season 14 was dedicated to hummus – both the legume and the paste.

In this episode, Brown analyses, among others, some very critical questions, such as the amount of time needed to soak the chickpeas, what does the Sodium bicarbonate do to the hummus, or what amino acids in the Tahini make the combination with the legume into a nutritional treasure. There are also some non Middle Eastern recipes.

In short, make time to watch this. You’re up to a very delightful experience.

Comments

4 Responses to “21 Minutes of immense Pleasure”

  1. Matt on May 3rd, 2011 10:42 am

    It is amazing how this stereotypical depiction of Arabs continues even with their food! Casbah, camels in the background, “oriental” music, all to explain Hummus. Arabs of N. Africa don’t even eat that much Hummus. Hummus is an Arabic dish, not a Middle Eastern dish, eaten mostly in the Levant and Egypt. Its disappointing to see how ignorant this is. Arab Jews brought their food with them to Israel and made it popular, just like Eastern European Jews brought food from Eastern Europe to Israel. That’s what makes up the majority of food in israel.

  2. shooky on May 21st, 2011 9:46 am

    Matt – it doesn’t sound like you know much about Israeli food or the middle east. Hummus IS common in most middle eastern countries, including Jordan, Stria and Lebanon and is rare in Egypt. Hummus became popular in Israel, not because of “Arab Jews” (what’s that?) but because of the Palestinians.

  3. Liz on May 24th, 2011 8:24 am

    I was luck enough to live in a moshav (Hatseva) for almost a year and got to eat great hummus, falafel, pita, zaatar and matbucha daily. Now I am in Korea and sadly you cant find any of these things easily.Soybean hummus and falafel is just not the same.
    love you site , where is a bureka when you need one :-)

  4. Lady Amalthea on July 6th, 2011 12:09 am

    So glad someone else appreciates Alton Brown! I find that the better I understand the “how” of a dish, the more comfortable I am adapting it!

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