Daniel Klein

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


Teaching kids to make ice cream — with snow [VIDEO]

This video has a lot going for it: cute kids, a grass-fed dairy farm, backyard chickens, and — most compelling of all — a recipe for ice cream. But there’s an added gimmick: this isn’t …


How to cook and eat a whole duck [VIDEO]

Nose-to-tail eating sounds like a trend, but it’s really just good practice. Indeed, even before British chef Fergus Henderson made “whole beast” cooking popular, the whole animal was getting used. Slaughterhouses big and small make …


When the going gets cold, mushroom hunters get going [VIDEO]

Finding stories about local and sustainable food in Minnesota has been easy and enjoyable. But as another foot of snow drops on this very cold state (and so many episodes have already been done about …


Killing a bison and eating it raw [VIDEO]

My vegetarian girlfriend/camera operator refuses to watch this week’s video, so I won’t be insulted if you skip over it. I’ll be more impressed, though, if you watch. The slaughter is followed by a recipe …

Sustainable Farming

Turning cows into steaks: inside a mid-scale slaughterhouse [VIDEO]

Photo: Kate SommersThere are many levels of animal eaters, farmers, and processors in this country. Even among the green-minded, we have passionate vegans and rampant paleo-style carnivores. There are those who support large farms for …

Sustainable Food

How to milk goats in freezing weather — and make chevre [VIDEO]

On the coldest day of the year (-25 degrees F), I went milking goats with my friend Lisa Ringer from Two Pony Gardens. The milk froze to the side of the pail in an instant, …


How to fish in the freezing cold without a pole [VIDEO]

You've heard of ice fishing, maybe even done it. Ever tried to do it with a spear and not a fishing pole? Watch Daniel Klein spear Northern Pikes.


A mid-winter Midwestern vegetarian feast [VIDEO]

When someone says "local food," "Minnesota," and "January," what's the first food group that springs to your mind? Well, a variety of root vegetables, a couple of grains, and a little creativity can make you …


Caught a wascally wabbit? Give it the French treatment [VIDEO]

Last week, I portrayed the unnerving experience of slaughtering a bunny. Now, I move to a more uplifting task: making rabbit terrine.