In our Best of the Blogs, we usually feature a must-read from one of our favorite bloggers. This post is in the same spirit, but a little different; I’m sharing a must-see instead. And John Ross isn’t a blogger, he’s just a guy producing a totally new kind of how-to cooking video.
There’s no verbal instruction in John’s Tomato Bruschetta video, just the smoky serenade of Maria Rita in the background and the sounds of slicing bread, chopping tomatoes, and grinding pepper, each step, music in its own way.
Despite the lack of verbal cues, you’re in no danger of missing an important step or technique. John’s shots create a sense of intimacy with the ingredients and his process. You can just about smell the tomatoes, garlic, and basil. And it helps that he uses simple recipes as his subjects. This video draws from Tasha Prysi’s Basic Bruschetta recipe (he makes her variation with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil) published in Fine Cooking several years ago. It really holds up. The timing is good, too, since many of you are looking for ways to put your tomato harvest to good use right now.
There’s value in having a person talk you through a recipe, step by step, especially if it’s your first time making the dish. But every once in a while it’s nice to watch a cooking video that’s a real feast for the senses, where the food is lovingly prepared and thoroughly enjoyed—I’m assuming—once the camera goes black.