January 3, 2014
How McDonald’s Makes their World Famous Fries

How McDonald’s Makes their World Famous Fries

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First they showed us how they advertise its food, then they revealed how the Big Mac sauce gets made, now, the third video from McDonald’s Canada reveals the industrial magic behind the…

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January 3, 2014
The Mind of a Chef

The Mind of a Chef

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Anthony Bourdain’s new PBS show, The Mind of a Chef, drops Nov. 9. It looks like the entire first season will focus on Momofuku mastermind David Chang and the process behind his cooking.…

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December 10, 2013
The Cost of Making a T-Shirt From Cotton Bale to Store Shelf

NPR’s Planet Money looks at the often complex global process behind making a t-shirt in a five part special.

We flew drones over Mississippi. We got mugged in Chittagong, Bangladesh. We met people whom we’ll never forget — the actual people who make our…

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August 28, 2013
The Passion of Shaun HillThe average person has probably never heard of Hill Farmsteadin Greensboro, VT, but if you’re a…View Post

The Passion of Shaun Hill

The average person has probably never heard of Hill Farmsteadin Greensboro, VT, but if you’re a…

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July 19, 2013
How the Tesla Model S is Made

Wired heads to Tesla’s factory floor to see how the Model S sedan is made.

Tesla got the factory for a song from Toyota in 2010, spent about a year or so setting up tooling and started producing the Model S sedan in mid-2012. The automaker brings in raw…

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May 12, 2013
The Process of Understanding Life Through Hand Building a Wooden Boat

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Carpenter Andy Stewart learned boat-building as a young age because that was his family’s trade. To hear him talk about his craft and the process of hand-making a wooden boat will make you ache for a bygone era that only…

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April 25, 2013
The Journey of a Package and a Coffee Bean

Synergy! Just came across two very thematiclly similar and interesting videos.

From cherry to cup: The first comes from NPR examining how the third wave of specialty coffee is impacting the farmers growing the beansand how that coffee bean ends up as a…

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July 13, 2012
From Dough to Box to Devoured in Your Stomach

In honor of Krispy Kreme’s 75th Anniversary, which happens to be today, this short video from WFAE shows the original glazed doughnuts being made all the way from dough to box. If your taste buds don’t glaze over in excitement from this, then I don’t know. I just don’t know. [via theaggregate]

July 7, 2012
Hyundai Builds a Zombie-Killing Car

Hyundai must have signed a sponsorship deal with The Walking Dead, because the car company has produced a zombie-fighting car, based on drawings by Walking Dead creator and writer Robert Kirkman.

Hopefully, Hyundai gets its act together and produces a few of these and kicks in the money to make Detroit’s zombie amusement park happen. It makes me realize, too, that Rick and company need to get their act together and build a post-apocalyptic zombie-killing machine. What’s wrong with those people? If the show was real, it’s pretty clear they would have all died by the end of the first episode. Idiots. [via EW]

June 27, 2012
How Cheese is Made

Depending on the cheese, the process of turning milk into cheese could take anywhere from a few weeks to several months. Longer if you include the aging process. The act of making cheese is actually fairly simple. Lady Oyster and I have made a few mozzarella balls.

Basically, warm up the milk, add bacteria to make it turn sour and thicken, add rennet, continue to slowly heat until the milk turns into curds and whey, drain off the whey, add some salt, form the curds into blocks and then store the blocks until the cheese is ripe. Granted, it’s a bit more involved that than, but you get the idea. [via doobybrain]

June 27, 2012
What it Takes to Publish a Book

It’s more than just an author sitting down and typing out a story. The editors, designers, and creative directors at Random House offer a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to publish a book. [via explore]

June 26, 2012
Secrets of the Best Chefs

Adam Roberts, who is known for his cooking blog, The Amateur Gourmet, has a new book coming out in the fall. For ‘Secrets of the Best Chefs’, Roberts traveled the country getting tips of the trade from a panoply of amazing chefs, including Alice Waters, Jonathan Waxman, Anito Lo, and more.

The book, available Sept. 10, seems to address one of the major problems with cookbooks: how to actually make a fancy, restaurant quality meal at home given the limited scope of available equipment, talent and ingredients. Most cookbooks are useful only as a starting point for adapting the recipes they contain given the constraints of being an amateur home cook. [via kottke]

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