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'Off the Menu: Asian America'
(DVD / NR / 2016 / PBS)

Overview: What exactly does food reflect about Asian Pacific Americans? This film grapples with how family, tradition, faith, and geography shape our relationship to food.

DVD Verdict: Luckily for all us Foodies, 'Off the Menu' takes audiences on a journey from Texas to New York and from Wisconsin to Hawaii using our obsession with food as a launching point to delve into a wealth of stories, traditions, and unexpected characters that help nourish this nation of immigrants.

Here on their latest installment, 'Off the Menu: Asian America,' we, the viewer, are introduced to the sushi king of Texas, the Sikh Temple of Oak Creek, Wisconsin and their weekly practice of langar, a communal meal open to anyone. The 56-minute program also follows a French-trained chef who creates modern Chinese American dishes on New York’s Lower East Side and a Hawaiian woman restoring an ancient fishpond on the island of Oahu.

Believe me, these are just a few of the collective glorious stories and traditions, complete with unexpected characters that help nourish this nation of immigrants and make up 'Off the Menu: Asian America.' This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.