Daniel Klein

Daniel Klein is a chef, activist, and the filmmaker behind Perennial Plate. Follow him on Twitter at @perennialplate.


Slaughterhouse rules: Inside a halal butchershop [VIDEO]

New York City: A lot of unusual things happen beneath the surface here. You don’t notice most of them until someone points them out. Madani Halal slaughterhouse is a great example; it’s down a backstreet in a little-known neighborhood in Queens. Every day, folks line up around the corner to choose their own live chicken or goat, watch it get slaughtered, and then take it home for dinner. In this video, we meet Imran Uddin, who left a career in corporate advertising to run the business his father started in 1996. He shows us the process and talks about how the business …

Sustainable Farming

Farming: A New York state of mind [VIDEO]

Farms aren’t the first thing that come to mind when one thinks of New York City. But walk along its streets and you will pass hundreds of urban gardens; jump across its rooftops and you might find yourself in the middle of a commercial farm. Heck, drive just 20 minutes from downtown and you could discover a full-fledged experimental farming community. New York has a lot to offer — farming is no exception. This week, we visited three very different farmers and heard their take on the city and how growing food plays a role in (and is influenced by) …

Sustainable Food

Turkeyless interlude [VIDEO]

Turkey gets a lot of airtime this week. There a million recipes to brine, baste, smoke, and stuff the bird as well as a plethora of ways to make mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and sweet potato pie. So I decided to do a little twist on our traditional Thanksgiving meal and take a “road less traveled” with the ole standbys:  Leek, celery root, and pumpkin seed stuffing Raw brussel sprouts and wild rice salad Mashed sunchokes Get the recipes here.

Sustainable Food

Don’t bug me, I’m eating [VIDEO]

Join us on a bug hunt with David Gracer, an entomophagy (bug eating) expert who makes a pretty good case for making wider culinary use of insects. In a world of factory farms and genetically modified foods, catching your own eight-legged friends might just be the sensible way to go. And chances are, you eat bugs every day. Watch us cook up and taste a wide variety of crickets, grasshoppers and other critters. Yum.


Lobstermen pinch and save [VIDEO]

We see lobster served in fancy restaurants so often that it’s easy to forget there are places where it is caught and sold for under $3 a pound. We recently spent time in Maine — home of some of the world’s best lobsters — and familiarized ourselves with the process of catching these amazing shellfish. We got on a lobster boat at 4:00 am to film a day on the job. From there we got to see a gorgeous sunrise, and watched this lobsterman and his daughter pull in traps for hours, then throw back the small (or very large) …

Sustainable Food

The life of a seaweed gatherer [VIDEO]

Most of the seaweed we get these days is farmed. But way up in northern Maine, Larch Hanson is still harvesting it wild in its many varieties on the rugged coast. This video isn’t about the details of that process, however. It’s about the essence of life for Larch, who rises at dawn to cut seaweed and then writes Zen poems about it. Learn more about Larch on his website.


Communal farming in Vermont [VIDEO]

A cohousing community in Vermont shares everything -- from farm chores to fun -- and knows it's better that way.

Sustainable Farming

God's country: Farming for spiritual reasons [VIDEO]

Perennial Plate follows a family in central Ohio that farms for spiritual reasons.

Urban Agriculture

Motor City mulch [VIDEO]

A Detroit couple leading the urban-ag uprising there explain how city folks have farmed for years, but "then, the hipsters came along."

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