New York Times Magazine Showcases ‘Life of a Balthazar Potato’

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By Richard Horgan

For foodies, this weekend’s piece de resistance is the NYT Sunday magazine. The publication’s second food-focused edition of 2013, the “Restaurant Issue,” includes all sorts of delectable goodies like Willy Staley’s report on a day-in-the-life of Balthazar kitchen employees.

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Halfway down the online version of Staley’s item, there’s a video by colleague Samantha Stark titled “Frites Show.” Despite the play on words, there’s nothing freaky going on here. Just a wordless montage of how a spud gets from field to gratuity-not-included.

Stark and her editors did a good job with the choice of music. The chamber orchestra tidings have sort of an old Hitchock-ian feel, lending the video – dare we say it – an almost North by Northeast feel?

Read the full article here. Other pieces in this weekend’s mag include “Remaking Tavern on the Green” by Max Chafkin and “Kermit Lynch, Terroirist” by Daniel Duane. Bon apprintit!