Rewind: Barrett Cooks Ramps

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Editor’s Note: Barrett Cooks first appeared on HandPicked Nation last Spring. In it, Peter Barrett and John Medeski forage and cook ramps in preparation for dinner with friends.

It’s so cool, you should watch it!

Slow Films teamed up with New York food writer and blogger Peter Barrett to make a video focusing on the intersection between food and music.

And we’re calling it Barrett Cooks.

This video features Peter and world-renowned keyboardist, John Medeski. Music fans might recognize the name ‘Medeski’ from any number of his bandsmusical hook-ups, and side projects. Peter and John have prepared many an epic dinner together and knowing this, Barrett brought Medeski into the project.

We are so glad he did. Beside being a great musician and a great cook, Mr. Medeski is gentleman and we were thrilled to be able to work with him.

You’ll see the boys tramping up a Catskill mountain to forage for the great springtime pleasure, ramps (allium tricoccum) and then to the kitchen to prepare a veritable Feast of the Ramps.

From miso soup with ramps, grilled ramp bruschetta, farfalle (with sautéed ramps, duck prosciutto and heavy cream) to baked bluefish with ramp pesto, Peter and John really show the versatility of the flavorful ramp. Deliciously.

Real people making real food for themselves and their families and their friends.

Peter has this to say at the end of the video:

Meals should be a celebration. Real people making real food for themselves and their families and their friends. The key to good cooking is to be passionate about it–to care about what you’re making and to care about the people you’re making it for.

Well said, Peter.

We wholeheartedly agree and cook by this credo every chance we get. Just like Peter and John.

Watch this space because in the near future we look forward to presenting more musicians getting into their cooking groove. Yeah, baby.

Tell us about what music you listen to while you cook.

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