YouTube phenomenon Andrew Rea has finally, definitively, said, “Yes, soup for you.”
The disarmingly pleasant self-taught chef has captured the attention of the food-loving internet (known also as: the internet) by creating a YouTube channel that teaches viewers how to cook recipes from popular movies and TV shows.
On “Binging With Babish” (named for Oliver Platt’s small role on “The West Wing”), Rea prepares meals like the Thanksgiving sandwich from “Friends,” the prison sauce from “Goodfellas,” and the eponymous dish from “Ratatouille.” Every single dish looks either mouthwatering (the “poutine on the Ritz” burger from “Bob’s Burgers”) or wonderfully disgusting (Will Ferrell’s dessert pasta from “Elf”). This week, Rea produced a “Seinfeld Special,” preparing three foods from the sitcom: the Soup Nazi’s cream of mushroom, Elaine’s poppyseed muffin tops, and, as a grand finale, a cinnamon and chocolate babka bake off.
Rea knocks out the famous soup so swiftly and precisely that by the time it is completed it feels like the Soup Nazi has been vanquished at last. He proceeds to test Elaine’s theory that the top is the best part of the muffin, or, as she says, “I don’t like the stumps.”
Rea demonstrates how to make lemon poppyseed muffins, singular muffin tops, and finally, muffin-cookies.
Last, he runs a clip of a classic Jerry Seinfeld rant:
“Cinnamon takes a back-seat to no babka! People love cinnamon! It should be on tables in restaurants along with salt and pepper. Any time people say ‘oh this is so good, what’s in this, the answer comes back: cinnamon!”
Rea’s dueling chocolate and cinnamon babkas are so visually luscious that gazing at them feels inappropriately objectifying. Watching them emerge from the pan it is easy to imagine them enduring street-harassment. Rea took a bite and concurred with Seinfeld: the cinnamon wins.
Rea is a nice antidote to the labored perfection of most YouTubers and celebrity chefs — in one video he explains a trick to cut time peeling garlic, which he confidently executes, fails, and says, “Oh. I guess we’re going to peel these by hand.” He urges chefs at home to follow his drinking lead and “be sure to use Scotch as necessary,” which he does throughout the videos. He has a voice like John Hodgeman, if John Hodgeman was a young motorcyclist.
The “Binging with Babish” Seinfeld video is labeled “Part I.” YouTube commenters are already clamoring for a Part II that will include Seinfeld favorites like black and white cookies, marble rye, eggplant calzones, and the big salad. The video has over a million views.
Watch “Binging with Babish” take on Seinfeld food here:
For all you “Seinfeld” fans out there, boy, do we have a treat for you.
Former “Seinfeld” writers David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer talked to Entertainment Weekly last week and revealed a whole bunch of amazing storylines that never made it on air.
Here’s just a few of them.
1. The Soup Nazi was going to be an actual Nazi.
“We joked a whole bunch about an end scene that would take place in the jungles of Brazil, à la The Boys From Brazil, where the Soup Nazi [Larry Thomas] would return to the other Nazis — the actual former Nazi war criminals — with his soup recipes,” Mandel said. “It was sort of half-serious, half ‘Should we do this?,’ half ‘We’re never going to do it.’”
Probaaaably for the best.
Frank Costanza starts smoking pot.
There was going to be a storyline involving George’s father smoking medical marijuana for his cataracts, but that was ultimately nixed. Thankfully for “Curb Your Enthusiasm” fans everywhere, that subplot made it into the episode where Larry picks up a prostitute to get in the carpool lane — which is really worth another watch while we’re at it.
There was an idea for someone called “The Promoter” — who had an even worse habit than The Close Talker.
Schaffer pitched this bit several times, which involved a character who waited forever to get to the best part of the story.
“In ‘The Secret Code,’ Jerry was going to do an ad for an appliance store called Leapin’ Larry’s,” Schaffer recalled. “[The character] was saying, ‘If you’re going to meet with Leapin’ Larry, there’s one thing you should really know about him.’ It was the fact that he had a prosthetic leg. And Jerry just ignored it. Then when Jerry wound up insulting him, he said, ‘Why didn’t you tell me???’ ‘Well, you didn’t take the prompt. I tried.’”
They wanted one episode that takes place in Mexico, but everything else stays the same.
“The idea was that Jerry and the gang go on a vacation somewhere and they would check into their hotel rooms, and Jerry would end up with a hotel room right across from Kramer’s hotel room, so the hotel-room dynamic would have been the same as the apartments,” Mandel said. ” When Jerry decided to end the show, and I realized there weren’t going to be enough episodes, I was like, ‘Oh God, I wish there was one more season.’”
It’s hard to imagine “Seinfeld” without Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Believe it or not, though, there was a time Dreyfus went neck and neck for the role with another hilarious actress.
Megan Mullally, who later hit the big time with her starring role on “Will and Grace,” told television host Andy Cohen last week that the part of Elaine came down to herself and Dreyfus.
The actress read with Jerry Seinfeld and said the two had “really good chemistry.”
“I actually thought I was going to get it,” Mullally said. “I didn’t get it. Spoiler alert.”
Another way the two actresses are linked?
“My college boyfriend [actor Brad Hall] is now married to Julia Louis-Dreyfus,” Mullally told Cohen.
Sounds like it all worked out the way it was supposed to.
Once upon a time, Steve Bannon, former executive of the far-right news site Breitbart News and appointed chief strategist to Donald Trump, bought a piece of the hit television show “Seinfeld.”
In what would later turn out to be an incredibly lucrative move, Bannon was hired by Westinghouse Electric to help determine what they should do with their share of Rob Reiner’s production company Castle Rock.
“Part of the deal was that Westinghouse could either sell or hold on to whatever TV series we had,” Reiner told The Daily Beast. “At the time we had eight pilots, and one of them was ‘Seinfeld.’ We didn’t know if it was going to be successful or not. But as payment, Bannon advised them to stay in and hold on to their profit participation in the series, and Westinghouse said, ‘Well, if you think it’s so good, why don’t you take a piece of this instead of us giving you a fee?’ And apparently that’s what Bannon did, and he wound up with a small piece of Seinfeld that he’s had forever.”
That means that every time there is a re-run of “Seinfeld,” Bannon pockets money. While the exact amount he’s made is unknown, according to The Wrap, if Bannon owned as little as 1 percent of the 3.1 billion “Seinfeld” makes in reruns, he has made around $31 million since the series ended.
Some of those dollars reportedly went to funding the Sarah Palin documentary, “The Undefeated” and the publication of “Clinton Cash,” a take down of the Clinton Foundation.
For Rob Reiner and Jason Alexander, it was unwelcome news that Bannon, who has come under fire for his involvement with a news site often accused of anti-Semitism and misogyny, profited off of “Seinfeld.”
“It’s crazy,” Reiner told the Daily Beast. “When I first heard about it, it made me sick. It makes me sick. Because I had no idea. I didn’t know who he was, or that he was representing Westinghouse. So there you have it. I think The Huffington Post had the headline right: ‘Trump Hires a White Supremacist.’”
Alexander also commented on Bannon’s connection with “Seinfeld” this week—and expressed similar disgust.
So Steve Brannon makes residuals on SEINFELD. I know there’s a joke there somewhere but right now I only find it sad.— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) November 16, 2016
“So Steve Brannon makes residuals on SEINFELD. I know there’s a joke there somewhere but right now I only find it sad,” he tweeted.
Ever have a hankering for a sexier “Seinfeld”? Like, maybe, getting to watch Jerry and Elaine hook up from beginning to end? Or peek in on Kramer having a three way? Or see the Soup Nazi get some action of his own?
If any of the above sounds tantalizing (and, you know, not that there’s anything wrong with that) then, oh boy, do we have a movie for you.
This is Seinfeld: An XXX Parody.
It stars James Deen as Jerry Seinfeld.
The premise revolves around “The Porn Nazi,” who refuses to sell a porn tape to Elaine.
Oh yeah, and some NSFW stuff happens between Jerry and Elaine.
The entire film runs 143 minutes long (and, yup, that’s Newman making an appearance).
The set is actually impressively similar to the real one.
The stars watched old episodes of “Seinfeld” to help nail their imitations (Deen does a fairly decent Seinfeld).
It got some rave reviews. “The impressions are good and even with a refreshingly complex storyline, it’s filled with both laughs AND sex.” Sarah Schneider from Splitsider wrote.
And if all this isn’t quite enough for you, there’s a sequel, based on on the popular “Seinfeld” episode “The Contest.” It mostly revolves around the characters competing over who can hold out having sex longer. Here’s assuming that’s all resolved pretty quickly.
Thea Glassman is a Multimedia Fellow at the Forward. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @theakglassman.
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