Oct 29, 2017

Favorite Cooking Show or Documentary?

I'm not a great cook by most counts, but I've always enjoyed watching cooking shows and documentaries. I want to see what other cooking shows/movies people here are watching!
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (http://www.magpictures.com/jirodreamsofsushi/) really stood out to me when I first saw it, and I've probably watched it 3-4 times after. I think what was so captivating to me was how Jiro has done the same thing his entire life. The dedication and skill are unquestionably astonishing, but I think what struck me even more was that in American culture it would be laughable to spend years learning how to make just rice, or decades perfecting what could be seen as simplistic cooking. It was just very refreshing to watch and remember that it is okay to dedicate your life to what you love, regardless of how big or small the rest of the world may see your dreams.
I'm also a huge Anthony Bourdain fan. Generally half of his shows are dedicated to culture, and working class people, and the featured food is often working class as well. This just makes it a lot easier to connect with from a TV screen than something like high end French cooking, that I'll likely never experience.
Let me know what shows you like and are watching as I'd love to check some of them out!
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I love watching masterchef lol
-Cooked: each episode is a love letter to how different ”earth elements” contribute to food. So much rewatch-ability here IMO

-Mind of a Chef: I love how inspired all of these seasons are; prepare to eat a lot of ramen after watching season one.

-Good Eats: when the heck are the new episodes coming out??

-French Guy Cooks (YouTube): a new find for me— very reminiscent of the Good Eats formula and style, except hosted by a young Frenchman in a shorter format. Excellent ideas here. Equally obsessed with multi-tankers and abuse of powertools.
The Great British Bake Off!!!
Another vote for Chef's Table, but here are some more I didn't see mentioned:

1. Mind of a Chef: narrated by Bourdain so you'll feel right at home. Each season is a little different and I learn something from every episode.
2. Molto Mario if you can find it, but he's kind of resurrected it over on Viceland. Search for "Moltissimo" on YouTube.
3. Any of Michael Pollan's shows or documentaries: Cooked, In Defense of Food and The Botany of Desire are all great.
4. Emeril's show on Amazon Prime was fun, but not as good as the others on this list, or the ones folks have already mentioned.

Enjoy!
kplawver
Oh yeah, there's also Chef's Table France! Zumbo's Just Desserts just came out on Netflix and is kind of the Aussie version of Great British Bake Off (nothing is as good as GBBO, but there are some bonkers desserts on that show).

And if you can find it, the absolute best cooking competition show in the entire world is Masterchef Australia. Unlike the shouty American, or boring British one, the Australian one is compelling, supportive, and you'll learn a LOT about cooking in the process.

And a couple more... A Chef's Life and BBQ With Franklin, both on PBS and I think maybe on Amazon Prime, are both solid in a pinch.
Another vote for Chef's Table! That show is so inspiring with such a sense of place. I saw the episode on Virgilio Martinez's Central Restaurante and was later lucky enough to visit while in Lima.
A couple I love.....and I think you could find on youtube at this point (and really worth finding):

1. Search for "lidia bastianich". She is amazing. She did a show that I think was called "Lidia's Italian Kitchen" or something like that. Fantastic italian cooking....and it's fun to watch because a) she is super excited about what she makes.....b) she has written cookbooks, one of which I own and her recipes always come out the same at home as when she cooks....and c) any episode i've seen she has some wine at some point.

2. Search for Jacques Pepin and his daughter Claudine....Jacques cooked with Julia Child and to see the interplay of Jacques and his daughter is funny. Jacques is definitely the expert....and Claudine - well, not so much. Hehehehe. But seriously, some really cool French dishes.....

3. Finally, if you can find some with Julia Child on youtube. Being one of the premier chefs from the last 100 years.....she's pretty amazing.
Agreed on both of those fronts I would also add:
Alton Brown/Good Eats - gives you the why, not just the how
Tyler Florence - killer recipes, see his Prime Rib and other "Tyler's Ultimate" entries
Cooked - might just be the new TV but this has some damn fine 4K food shots
Lydia Bastianich is also a solid choice on the homey Italian front
Currently loving "Project Smoke" with Steve Raichlin. I LOVE cooking outside! I really loved Alton Brown's shows because he explained the science behind the food preparation.
I watched almost every episode of the Japanese Iron Chef (with subtitles of course).
Used to watch Tyler's Ultimate as a midday break during college - so darn calming.
Chefs Table is also another series I've really enjoyed a lot.
Anthony and Alton definitely stand tall in their respective categories, and a Bourdain-produced special "Decoding Ferran Adria" is a great look at the wildly inventive and creative master chef.
"Mind of a Chef"has been my favorite. Each season follows mostly one chef and their friends on in depth cooking and eating adventures with more discussion than recepies. Anthony Bourdain narrates and is an EP.

In most episodes there is a balance between the exotic and common. I think I'll make something I learned from season two for breakfast this morning. http://www.pbs.org/food/recipes/popcorn-grits/
Anthony Bourdain for the why, and Alton Brown for the how.
Theroc
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With the Halloween season on us, I've lately been enjoying Halloween Wars.
The Great British Bake Off! Love how humble they are!
Danscott0806
Completely agree. A reality show I actually really enjoy watching. Helping each other out and making elaborate desserts? Hells yes.
For cooking shows I’d have to say Good Eats or Iron Chef. For documentaries I’d say My Scientology Movie, very enlightening.