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November 26, 2018

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FOOD Short food videos are amuse-bouches for viewers By Kendra Nordin Beato / Staff writer When Will Marston gets home from his job and he wants to unwind, it's not highlights from last night's game he turns to – it's online food videos. "It's kind of like a meditation or relaxation thing I do when I get off work," says Mr. Marston, a 20-something from San Francisco. He has a few favorite YouTube channels he vis- its, including "Binging with Babish," a series that re-creates dishes from movies and TV shows, and "Tasty," videos produced by BuzzFeed that often feature sped-up hands mixing together ingredients. Brevity is key. If the video time stamp is more than six or eight minutes, Marston won't hit play. "If it's longer than that, it's usually more talking than actual showing of the cooking instructions. So I'll usually skip over those," he says. Marston is not unique in his habit of watching online food videos. When the Food Network launched its second TV channel in 2010, it was big personalities such as Emeril Lagasse and Ina Garten who attracted viewers to their 30-minute shows as much as their calorie-laden creations. But just as Netflix has dis - rupted TV programming, YouTube and Instagram have found success with these online amuse-bouches, drawing millions of viewers to watch recipes being made in five minutes or less. While nearly half of all adults watch food videos on YouTube, Millennials are the drivers of online food content, watching 30 percent more, on aver- age, than other demographics, according to a 2014 Google study. And as a result, they are powering an unprecedented growth in online food channel subscriptions. "Binging with Babish," for example, has more than 3.4 million subscribers; "Tasty" has more than 10 million. "[Food programming has] evolved over time," says Potter Palmer, a lecturer in the gastronomy program at Boston University. He says he used to spend four weeks talking about TV programming Dan Souza stars in a YouTube video about the science of liquid nitrogen ice cream, directed by Mykim Dang. COURTESY OF AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN SUPERMAN RETURNS Christopher Reeve's classic take on the Man of Steel returns to theaters through Fathom Events on Nov. 27 and Dec. 3. Relive going to see the first Superman movie or introduce a new generation to a classic, with its famous story of Clark Kent facing off against Lex Luthor (Gene Hack- man). You can check to see if "Superman" will be arriving at a theater near you at www.fathomevents.com. SEAT AT THE TABLE Going through Thanksgiving withdrawals? Netflix's The Final Table has what you need. On the series, chefs prepare various famous dishes from around the world, including India, Mexico, and Japan. We recommend watching only with a full stomach. The entire first season is currently streaming. HOLIDAY LEGEND Singer John Legend and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen are teaming up for A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy, which will air on Nov. 28 at 10 p.m. The husband and wife will serve as hosts for friends and family who will drop by, and Legend will perform holiday tunes. DIVE INTO DESIGN Take a deep dive into the world of architecture and design with the podcast 99% Invisible. Recent episodes, hosted by Roman Mars, focus on topics as diverse as band Devo's album covers, Japanese playing cards called hanafuda, and the symbols and words painted by utility companies. You can find it at 99percentinvisible.org. PORTRAIT OF ARTIST Vincent Cassel stars as legendary artist Paul Gauguin in the film Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti, available on DVD and Blu- ray. In 1891, Gauguin left his wife and children in Paris and traveled to French Polynesia, seeking new inspiration for his art. He married a teenage girl there and stayed for much of the rest of his life. "This is a movie about Gauguin that, in the end, is less about his artistry than his ravenous sensibility, his desire to break through to a new way of seeing," Monitor film critic Peter Rainer writes. One scene takes place in "a thatched hut in Tahiti where Gauguin is furiously painting, oblivious to the torrential downpour outside. Such is the power of Cassel's performance that this sequence surmounts camp." (Not rated; contains sexuality.) 1 2 3 4 5 COURTESY OF JAY SPENCER/DEVO INC./FILE AP/FILE COURTESY OF COHEN MEDIA GROUP STAFF PICKS VFOOD VIDEOS NEXT PAGE THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR WEEKLY | NOVEMBER 26, 2018 37

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