My name is John H Maloney and I'm a writer, musician & podcaster based in New Jersey.

I decided to start the rec list as a way to extend the constant stream of recommendations that I've been posting on social media for years. I've recently realized that media curation is a passion of mine and now I want to try reach a larger audience. Every week I'll be posting recommendations for movies, music, anime, podcasts, Youtube channels, books, tv shows and any other media I find & feel compelled to share.

In addition to writing the rec list, I'm also the co-host and producer of a b-movie & cult movie review podcast called Zombie Take-Out.
http://www.zombietakeout.com/
You can find out about all of my projects, past and present, at
http://johnhmaloney.net/

Youtube/Emmymade in Japan

Youtube/Emmymade in Japan

Emmymade in Japan is a food-related Youtube channel hosted by Emmy Cho. Cho, who is Chinese-American, launched the channel in 2010, while she and her husband were living in Japan. Her early videos focused on crafting, hence the name of channel, with projects such as making a moss ball and inexpensive screen printing, but she soon began to include videos featuring Japanese candy-making kits and this ultimately led to a change in the focus of her channel. It also kicked off her still ongoing series titled 'Whatcha Eating?". Since then, Cho's videos have primarily centered around unusual or exotic foods and her channel has gone on to include a number of other series as well.

In addition to the aforementioned Whatcha Eating?, which mostly consists of candy and candy-making kits, both Japanese and American, as well as taste tests of unusual flavors of Kit Kats & Oreos and less sugar-laden local and international fare such as beans on toast, instant ramen & boiled peanuts, there's Emmy Eats, the series that her channel is probably best known for. In these videos, Cho tastes packaged food that has been sent to her from viewers throughout the world. This series has spawned a spin-off of sorts, in which she tastes military ration packs from various countries. There's also You Made What?!, in which she prepares particularly unusual recipes such as salad cake, Koolickles and prison tamales, the recently launched & self-explanatory Around the World Breakfast and 5 Days of Bugmas, for which Cho spent the run-up to Christmas 2015 tasting various edible insects. These are just a few of the series that you'll find on her channel, as well as several other great videos that don't quite fit into any series and I should mention that all of Cho's videos feature short outros that are just as unusual as the food that she tastes. She's also done a couple of limited-run series for the Tastemade Youtube channel: A variation on her Emmy Eats series and Tale of Kitto Katto, in which Cho traveled around Japan trying a different flavor of Kit Kat in each region and learning a bit about the each region culinary specialty. In addition to all of this, she continues to make crafting videos on her second channel, simply called Emmymade, focusing on projects that are specifically intended for kids. Cho refers to her viewers as the Emmy League of Adventuresome Eaters and adventuresome eating is certainly a fitting description of her channel.

I'll leave you with one of her recent videos. You can find the rest on Emmymade in Japan and her crafting videos on Emmymade. You'll can also find Emmy Eats and Tale of Kitto Katto on Tastemade.

If there's a movie, recording artist, anime, podcast or any other media that you'd like me to check out for possible inclusion on the rec list, please contact me and let me know about it.

Anime/Sweetness & Lightning

Anime/Sweetness & Lightning

Movie/Primer

Movie/Primer