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Daniel Klein
Daniel Klein is a chef, activist, and filmmaker living in Minneapolis. He has cooked in the restaurants of Thomas Keller, Heston Blumenthal, and Tom Colicchio and has produced film projects on various issues including oil politics and the development industry in Africa (What are we doing here?).

For his current project, Daniel has been documenting his culinary, agricultural and hunting explorations on film in a web series called The Perennial Plate. Every week he covers a diverse set of sustainable stories from squirrel hunting to community gardens. Follow him on twitter @perennialplate or facebook or at his home site

Entries by Daniel Klein

Chocolate as Resistance (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 4:18 PM

Chocolate isn't just a sweet treat. It is a food steeped in history and spirituality that has lost its place in Mexican agriculture and production. This is a story about bringing it back.

An Act of Resistance from The Perennial Plate on Vimeo.

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Mexican Farmers' Fight to Not Come to the U.S. (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2014 | 1:55 PM

Tired of people leaving their community in Hidalgo Mexico for the U.S., this is the story of one community's efforts to keep people home... using oregano.

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The Best of Mexican Food in One Minute

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 10:56 AM

We traveled to Mexico City, Hidalgo, Oaxaca and Chiapas for two weeks of documenting various food stories. The documentaries will be here in the coming weeks, but for now we compiled all of the dishes we ate during that two-week period into a fast-paced minute of Mexican food. Enjoy!

One Minute in Mexico from The Perennial Plate on Vimeo.

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Morocco in Three Minutes

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 5:17 PM

Two weeks in Morocco boiled down to three minutes. This incredible country has a lot more than tagines, spice markets and mint tea... although it has those too. Enjoy!

Moments in Morocco from The Perennial Plate on Vimeo.

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Trailer for Cook It Raw (AKA Chef Summer Camp in Charleston) (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 10:21 AM

In October of 2013, a group of the world's best chefs came together for Cook it Raw in Charleston SC to discover, collaborate, get inspired and of course cook. They spent a week hunting, fishing and foraging in the "low country." This is the trailer for the forthcoming film to...

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Bee Keeping Tradition Threatened in Eastern Turkey

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 10:52 PM

Eastern Turkey is famous for its pure honey. The nectar comes only from wild mountain flowers and the native "Caucasian" bees are never given any sugar to increase production. But this bee and way of life are under threat from non-native species and over commercialization. Watch to find out what...

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This Food Video Will Make You Cry

(22) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 12:01 AM

In travel or in our daily lives, at restaurants or at markets, we pass by others, forgetting that all the people we interact with are just like us... human: full of happiness and pain and hope. In Turkey, we tried to take an extra moment to "see" the people that...

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Lunch With Italy's Best Chef

(2) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 12:01 AM

Italy is full of passion and generosity. Whether it's parmesan, balsalmic vinegar or even an espresso, Italians are eager to share both their goods and their story. And that's why we weren't planning on making a film while dining at Osteria Francescana in Modena. But when the restaurant's chef sat...

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VIDEO: The Man Behind the Prosciutto

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2013 | 6:24 PM

In Parma, we met Carlo Pavesi, one of the men behind some of the best prosciutto in the region: La Corte dei Neri. Carlo showed us his pigs, where he ages his ham, and of course his designer handbag store. Enjoy the tradition of Parma!

Quality Ham from The Perennial Plate on Vimeo.

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How to Find Truffles (and Sell Them, and Eat Them)

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 1:14 PM

The locals in Marche, Italy have been eating truffles since they were children... long before they were a prized possession in most of the world. Now the region (the truffle center of Italy) is dotted with hidden spots that trained truffle hunters and their dogs traverse each year. We spent...

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A Pasta Story

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 11:09 AM

Italy is known for its pasta, but despite its rich heritage, most flour in this country is homogenous and bleached. Luckily, in the hills of Tuscany we stumbled upon Franco Pedrini who, along with his sons, grows heirloom grains through biodynamic farming to create a pasta that is...

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10 Things We Love About Italy

(22) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 11:10 AM

This Spring, we went on a dream trip. Our goal was to traverse Italy filming and tasting 10 of our favorite Italian foods. From Rome to Marche, and Tuscany to Veneto, we compiled the best of what Italy has to offer (except Mozzarella). The result is a four minute film...

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What is a "Sustainable" Fish Anyway?

(6) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 11:16 PM

Veta La Palma is a fish farm that takes "sustainable" to a whole new level. Inspired by Dan Barber's TED talk on the subject, we made the trek out one windy afternoon to the flooded wetlands of Southern Spain to learn about this alternative approach to growing fish. Enjoy....

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The Importance of Being Basque

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 6:51 PM

There is a very proud land and people that live and work and grow and eat on the green hills that straddle Spain and France and the Bay of Biscay. Upon visiting this rich culture, we spent a few days with a cider producer (Egoitz) and a

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Ethical Foie Gras

(114) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 5:37 PM

Foie Gras is a controversial topic. It is one of the most delicious foods on the planet, but it comes at the price of force feeding ducks and geese... although, not in the case of Pateria de Sousa. By following nature's cycle and reviving old techniques, a family...

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WARNING: Spanish Food Road Trip Will Cause Hunger

(12) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 4:07 PM

Before you go any further, you should eat something, or at least have food at hand. As you know, Spain is one of the great culinary countries of the world. So when Intrepid Travel helped us travel for two weeks: eating in San Sebastian, across Galicia, in Sevilla...

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Fishing After the Tsunami

(4) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 6:10 PM

In 2004, the Tsunami that hit Sri Lanka killed eight members of this small fishing family. And yet today they still fish (either on stilts or in a boat), because they have to do it to survive. The family lives in a small, makeshift hut with a back "window" that...

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Coconut: Nose to Tail

(12) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 10:06 AM

In Sri Lanka, the coconut is, in a sense, a source of life. Not only it is the main ingredient in most Sri Lankan dishes, but the entire coconut tree -- from the roots to the coconut itself to the tips of the leaves -- plays a major role in...

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A Love Story

(16) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 7:27 PM

Our first love story from the road: We came to Sri Lanka with every intention of filming a video about an organic, fair trade tea farmer. That is exactly what we were planning when we set foot on the small tea farm of Piyasena and his wife Ariyawatha. What we...

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What Is Sri Lankan Food Anyway?

(1) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 4:03 PM

If you are like me, you are curious about Sri Lanka. It's a far off land with golden beaches and a cuisine centered around the coconut. We had the opportunity to travel there this winter, we spent two weeks traveling through Sri Lanka -- by foot, moped, car and boat...

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