Cooking video series to launch!

Here at Biology Fortified, we’ve got a lot of projects going on. From databases of research, to infographics, blog posts, citizen science and more, we do what we do because we love science and we want more people to understand and appreciate it as well. We have only been able to accomplish what we have thanks to support from our readers and fans, as well as a couple small competitive grants. In the past year, we introduced a monthly membership program that enables us to have the resources to sustain this work and start bigger projects.
I’m excited to announce that one of these projects that we have conceptualized, discussed here on our blog, in our plushie kickstarter, and in more places than I can count is making its debut next week. We’re launching Cooking with Frank N. Foode™ with its first pilot episodes, with more in the works! This is a web video series that will discuss topics related to genetics, biotechnology, chemistry, agriculture, and more – using cooking and creativity with food science and storytelling to break it all down into bite-sized pieces – literally.

Nightmare teaser trailer

So for your enjoyment, I’ve prepared a teaser trailer. While much of the show will be light and silly, there are important issues involved so I’m dialing up the drama. This was a lot of fun to make, and jam-packed with hints about what is coming your way!

Are you half as excited as I am about November 9th? (Ok, besides the U.S. election being over)

Artwork by Celestia Ward
Artwork by Celestia Ward

Every new Cooking with Frank N. Foode™ video will be released to our members one or two days early, to give thanks for their support. If you want to learn more about membership you can visit this page, which will support all of the work that we do. If you just want to support Frank N. Foode™, next week I will launch a Patreon campaign where you can do that and get an inside scoop on the inner workings of the show. Stay tuned for details.
With your help, I’ll take you to new places and to experiment with new and old foods, showing you how you can explore science in your own kitchen. Grab your frying pans and your Erlenmeyer flasks – we’re going to cook up something new!
Update November 9: We’ve run into a video encoding issue that has delayed the release of the first video. It should be ready and posted on November 15th. Stay with us!


Written by Karl Haro von Mogel

Karl Haro von Mogel serves as BFI’s Director of Science and Media and as Co-Executive Editor of the Biofortified Blog. He has a PhD in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics from UW-Madison with a minor in Life Sciences Communication. He is a Postdoctoral Scholar at UC Riverside and works on Citrus genetics.


  1. I need you to start a meal box service with the GMO products. I can’t get them yet. I want those potatoes and apples so much.

  2. It would be nice for people who are looking for these different foods to be able to find them somehow. There’s a lot of discussion about them online, but not everyone knows how they will be able to get them in a store. At the very least I’ll talk to the various companies and organizations to find out how people can find their foods when they are out, but I can certainly say that not every video will be about crops available in the U.S., (like Bt Brinjal) but the recipes I plan to use will bring some local culture into everyone’s kitchens so they can still experience it.

  3. Also, not every show will be about biotech topics – I’ll be sending people on treasure hunts to find red jalapenos, mexican papayas, and more. The intent is for every recipe to be accessible to anyone who wants to learn about the science in their kitchen!

  4. It would be nice for people who are looking for these different foods to be able to find them somehow. There’s a lot of discussion about them online, but not everyone knows how they will be able to get them in a store.
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  5. I’m unconvinced of GMO safety, mainly because the strongest risk triggers associated with proprietary practices don’t appear to have been addressed with standards-compliant risk identification and assessment we would ordinarily use in organizational analysis. Further: despite many discussions, I’ve yet to encounter anyone who holds the position that GMO’s are proven safe who also holds any credential in risk assessment or analysis. Can anyone here refer me to such a person?

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