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THE MIX WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING? Monitor readers share their favorite viewing selections. Right now, I find the most delightful show on TV to be The Durrells in Corfu, which airs on ITV in Britain and on PBS in the United States. It's based on Gerald Durrell's book "My Family and Other Animals." With warmth and humor, the writers and the actors depict the adven- tures of an eccentric British family who have left dreary England to live on a Greek island. Brilliant! – Stephanie Peek, San Francisco HBO's Treme is TV at its finest! – Misty Lizarraga, San Diego I'm watching a detective show called Day and Night, which aired on Youku as a web series in China and is available on Netflix in the US. – Tara Doe, Clifton Park, N.Y. The movie Ordinary People is like watching my own life story. I had a younger sister who was killed by a drunk driver when she was 5 years old. Few marriages survive the death of a child and the surviving child carries guilt and the inability to be who was lost. The performances in the film, which stars Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, and Timothy Hutton, are chilling. My mother taught my brothers and me to adore the movies and although my movie-loving brothers have since passed away, I still go a few times a week. I love a big dark theater, watching movies as their makers intended for me to watch them: with undivided attention. I love stepping into their world, if just for a couple of hours. – Esther de Ipolyi, Sugar Land, Texas Some movies that I enjoy are The Cutting Edge, the first and second movies in the "Alien" film series, and the first and second movies in the "Ter- minator" film series. "The Cutting Edge" is a funny and charming rom-com that even a guy can love. Alien and Aliens are simply the best sci-fi/horror films ever made. Both have real jump-out-of-your-seat suspense, and Sigourney Weaver is great in what may be the very first female action hero lead role. Meanwhile, The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day tell you all you ever need to know about artificial intelligence. Arnold Schwarzeneg- ger delivers one of his signature – and his finest – roles. If you love these two movies, I recommend you give Terminator Genisys, the fifth in the series, a try also. Schwarzenegger reprises his role (31 years after the original) and the now-fractured timeline in the story sets up some humorous twists. – Tom Kuekes, Bakersfield, Calif. 'THE DURRELLS IN CORFU' COURTESY OF JOHN ROGERS/SID GENTLE FILMS FOR ITV AND MASTERPIECE WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING? Write and tell us at whatareyouwatching@csmonitor.com. in his "Food and Visual Culture" class, but over the past decade, the number of stu- dents watching food prepared on TV has dropped. Now he spends only a week on the subject. "[In] this day and age, it's all YouTube channels and Instagram feeds," Professor Palmer says. This shift is something that publishers are paying close attention to. One of those publishers is America's Test Kitchen, an independent food media company that produces magazines, cookbooks, websites, and TV shows. While ATK claims the most- watched cooking show on public television, chief creative officer Jack Bishop says they see YouTube as a gateway for viewers to discover more of their content that sits be- hind a paywall. "We like YouTube because it is unlike some of the other social media platforms, where 20 seconds is considered long. It allows us to tell a story," says Mr. Bishop. ATK also has noticed a totally differ- ent subscriber base through its YouTube channel, which has more than 511,000 subscribers. While a woman over 50 is its typical television viewer, 75 percent of its YouTube audience are men 18 to 34 years old, according to Bishop. "There probably are not a lot of 23-year- old guys sitting on the sofa watching public television on the weekend," Bishop says. One of ATK's more popular YouTube se- ries is "Kitchen Smarts," two- to three-min- ute features on tips like how to crack and separate eggs perfectly, how to make cold brew coffee at home, and how to make a lattice pie crust. The YouTube channels are "somewhat of a different presentation, but it is the same in-depth cooking information designed to make you successful in the kitchen," says Bishop. The company has set ambitious goals for reaching even more online viewers. Across its platforms, ATK is aiming to publish 200 videos this year and plans to post new con- tent to YouTube two or three times a week. "Video is increasingly important.... It is how more and more people want to be con- suming content about food," says Bishop. But print doesn't show any signs of going away, according to Bishop – the ATK book division experienced its best year on record in 2017, he says. Marston says he has yet to make any of the recipes he's watched online, although he's bookmarked several pages to come back to – at some point. "Where I get joy out of it is seeing good food being made and people enjoying it," he says. r 'In this day and age, it's all YouTube channels and Instagram feeds.' – Potter Palmer, lecturer in the gastronomy program at Boston University VFOOD VIDEOS FROM PREVIOUS PAGE 38 THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR WEEKLY | NOVEMBER 26, 2018

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