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America's Test Kitchen from Cook's Illustrated

Kitchen experts offers cooking tips, techniques, product evaluations and advice. The team teaches and entertains while determining the absolute best methods for preparing delicious and easy-to-follow recipes. Host: Chris Kimball.

Botany of Desire

This documentary tells the story of four everyday plants and the way they have domesticated humankind by fulfilling our desires even as we've fulfilled the plants' desires. Based on Michael Pollan's book, The Botany of Desire: A Plant's Eye View of the World, it roams the world, from the potato fields of Idaho and Peru to the apple orchards of New England, from a medical marijuana hot house to the tulip markets of Amsterdam. Along the way, the program explores the natural history of the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato - and the human desires that link their destinies to our own.

Check, Please! Bay Area

Every week, Check, Please! Bay Area features three guests who are local diners, not professional restaurant critics. Each guest chooses their favorite restaurant and the other two guests visit that restaurant under total anonymity - the restaurants are not notified that Check, Please! "reviewers" are dining there. After trying each other's restaurant recommendations, the guests come on the show to discuss, dispute, and celebrate their dining experiences. The panel of diners is moderated by host Leslie Sbrocco, an award-winning author, wine connoisseur, newspaper columnist, and speaker. At the end of the show, each restaurant is rated based on the panelists' comments.

Chefs A' Field

The Emmy-nominated CHEFS A' FIELD returns with a bumper crop of new episodes. Fresh from the farm and sea, the second season offers a visual feast of culinary adventures, with episodes filmed coast to coast, from Hawaii's rich volcanic beaches to Mexico's dense Yucatan jungle. This season showcases America's best chefs who, with family and friends, visit local farmers and fishermen to learn about eco-friendly foods. Then, they head back to the kitchen for a behind-the-scenes cooking lesson, where the chefs simplify the professional techniques of the restaurant kitchen to inspire people of all ages and skill levels to cook.

Ciao Italia

Mary Ann Esposito, host of the longest-running cooking show on public television, travels around the United States and Rome, Italy in search of recipes that can be prepared in thirty-minutes or less for a busy audience that has time to enjoy great Italian food but doesn' t always have time to prepare it "the old way."

Cook's Country from America's Test Kitchen

This series brings the venerable crew of America's Test Kitchen to a renovated 200-year-old farmhouse to experiment with classic American recipes. The ATK team, led by Christopher Kimball, explores the most reliable and cost-effective cookware, kitchen tools and supermarket foods for the home cook. Some of the delectable creations include a 3-layered chocolate blackout cake, garlic roast beef, raspberry chiffon pie, Lexington-style pulled pork and potluck mac and cheese.

Delicious TV's Totally Vegetarian

This cooking and lifestyle series is hosted by Toni Fiore. Toni's culinary style is casual and Mediterranean and her emphasis is on fresh ingredients easily prepared. It offers not just recipes but the facts, delights, and challenges of the vegetarian lifestyle as well as invaluable advice on the latest trends in vegetarian food. To many people the art of easily preparing great vegetarian food still remains a mystery. The series dispels the mystery and makes eating healthy, easy and delicious!

Everyday Baking from Everyday Food

This new series from the kitchens of Martha Stewart spotlights easy and delicious baking recipes. Viewers and home bakers will learn how to master baking and finishing skills for a tasty and beautiful result. Master baker John Barricelli, formerly of EVERYDAY FOOD, hosts this 13-part high-definition series. Introduced by Martha Stewart and hosted by world-class baker John Barricell, "Everyday Baking from Everyday Food" teaches viewers and home bakers how to master baking and finishing skills for a tasty and beautiful result.

Everyday Food

This series brings to life the magazine of the same name, featuring an ensemble cast of the magazine's food editors, test cooks and recipe developers. For an audience of consumers who are short on time and in need of healthy, everyday cooking solutions, the series offers quick, nutritious and delicious recipes using easy-to-find supermarket ingredients. Hosts are Allison "Allie" Lewis, Sarah Carey, John Barricelli, Margot Olshan and Lucinda Scala Quinn.

Gourmet's Adventures with Ruth

Ruth Reichl and celebrity friends travel the globe visiting cooking schools and other culinary hot spots.

Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie

The two-time James Beard award-winner for Best Food Show travels to more of the world's must-see food destinations. The food, culture and travel series features culinary expeditions to new locales in Australia and Tasmania, Korea, Turkey, Spain, and various locations in the US, and delivers a cultural look at the world, food first. Episodes dive into the diverse realm of the world's greatest cuisine, from New Zealand's purest honey to Italy's famous Parmigiano Reggiano. Back in the test kitchen, editor-in-chief Ruth Reichl and her expanded team of seasoned epicurean experts -- including John "Doc" Willoughby, Zanne Early Stewart and Ian Knauer -- show viewers how to bring these internationally inspired dishes into their home.

Hubert Keller: Secrets of a Chef

Chef Hubert Keller's magical cooking reflects the many influences of the places he has lived; from his native Alsace with its legendary soups and stews to San Paulo, Brazil where the cuisine pulsates with exciting and bold flavors; to his long-time home in San Francisco where he is a leader of the city's culinary revolution; and finally to Las Vegas where he has pioneered a whole new concept of burger dining that has garnered worldwide recognition. The programs were filmed on location in a stunning vineyard kitchen in Northern California and also in the kitchens of his restaurants: Fleur de Lys, The Burger Bar, and SLeeK steakhouse.

In Julia's Kitchen with Master Chefs

Inviting master chefs (literally) into her kitchen, Julia Child cooks with the pros, detailing their techniques and dishes for the home cook.

Jacques Pépin: Fast Food My Way

Designed to appeal to accomplished chefs and amateurs alike. With his signature charm, Pepin presents quick, easy and delicious recipes for today's busy lifestyle. Each episode features tasty, organically grown food that is both healthy and convenient to prepare. Jacques teaches viewers the best of everyday cooking, with dishes that translate from simple dinners to menus for entertaining.

Jacques Pépin: More Fast Food My Way

The culinary icon returns with a new line-up of healthy, home-cooked meals. This season, Jacques creates nearly 100 delicious recipes for every occasion -- from a light snack to an elegant dinner -- using readily available fresh foods, supermarket staples and simple techniques. Taking inspiration from around the world, his lamb stew, paella and Tibetan bread incorporate Asian, Latin American and diverse European influences, including his classic French background. Each episode contains four or more dishes, including minute-long recipes for croque monsieur tidbits, an instant red-pepper dip or butter bean canapes, along with Jacques' valuable tips and techniques.

Jacques Pépin:The Complete Pépin

Jacques Pepin, one of the world's most renowned chefs, returns to public television with The Complete Pepin, a new twist on his 1997 hit series, Jacques Pepin's Cooking Techniques. These thirteen half-hour episodes include his time-tested, classic teachings with brand new opens and closes from the culinary legend. To paraphrase Jacques Pepin, once you acquire essential cooking skills, your culinary repertoire is limited only by your imagination. Throughout the series, your viewers will learn the basics of everything from choosing and maintaining essential cooking equipment, to easy and fun ways to embellish your dishes. Both the novice and professional are sure to appreciate the solid lessons of the series, as well as the boundless passion and enthusiasm of the charismatic Jacques Pepin.

Joanne Weir's Cooking Class

Joanne's actual home kitchen becomes the classroom as she works side-by-side with a real-world student for a hands-on cooking lesson, preparing a wide variety of Weir's latest Mediterranean-inspired recipes, using the freshest and most seasonal ingredients available. As she shares her special cooking techniques, tips and tricks, and culinary fundamentals, Joanne guides students and viewers through solutions to their real-life cooking dilemmas - over-whipped egg whites, gummy risotto, and broken emulsions. Also: expert wine tips from sommelier Eugenio Jardim.

Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home

Jacques Pepin and Julia Child together again! With spirit, whimsy and skill, the pair presents techniques and recipes at the heart of home cooking -- done "the right way" (actually, two right ways).

Julia Child: Cooking with Master Chefs

Highlights American master chefs as they show us how to prepare their favorite recipes with Julia adding context.

Julia Child Memories: Bon Appetit!

Anchored in three or four of the best of The French Chef episodes, this special will remind our viewers why Julia was a television personality like no other. As the woman who has been credited with introducing French cooking techniques to mainstream America -- she will also forever be remembered as the country's first celebrity chef that brought the world of food to television viewers when she flipped a ground breaking omelet on National Public Television on Feb. 11, 1963. That moment signaled the launch of decades of cooking on television -- the first ten of which were most memorably, The French Chef with Julia Child.

Lidia's Italy

This series celebrates the land Lidia Bastianich calls home. She journeys throughout Italy to sample and prepare local specialties from Rome, Naples, Padua, Sicily, Trieste and Istria. Back in her kitchen in the US, she demonstrates two or three recipes she encountered during her travels. Throughout, friends and family often join Lidia in the kitchen. Her daughter Tanya introduces some of Lidia's favorite hidden cultural treasures, while her son Joseph frequently stops by to discuss regional wines.

Made In Spain

A series exploring the culinary and cultural riches of Spain. Hosted by chef Jose Andres, it highlights the extraordinary cooking traditions of a country whose food and wine is capturing the worlds' imagination. In every episode, Andres brings the exciting flavors of his native Spain to the American audience with easy and informative recipes created in his Washington, DC, kitchen using products found here in the U.S. Each cooking segment is woven into a gastronomic and cultural tour of one of Spain's 17 vibrant regions, where Andres introduces the viewer to many of Spain s greatest artisan cheese makers, wine makers and restaurateurs.

Martin Yan's China

A fascinating trek through the sights, sounds and tastes of China as Martin travels through this vast country to explore the 4 schools of Chinese cuisine: the Mongol-inspired flavors of the North, the Cantonese seafood of the South, the fiery Szechuan meals of the West and the delicious Shanghai specialties of the East. He journeys to upscale restaurants, ancient streets, marketplaces, factories and nature preserves, as well as historic destinations in this captivating land, discovering the secrets and attractions of one of the world's oldest countries.

Mexico -- One Plate at a Time with Rick Bayless

When Rick sets out to explore the distinct flavors that animate and define Mexican cuisine, the journey takes him anywhere from the famous chorizo stalls in Toluca to the cliffs of Acapulco to the bustling markets in Mexico City.

Moveable Feast with America's Favorite Chefs

This salute to American cooking traditions features six of the country's favorite chefs to represent the diversity of food and culture that makes the US the world's great melting pot: Ming Tsai (Simply Ming), Ruth Reichl (Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie), Lidia Bastianich (Lidia's Italy), Rick Bayless (Mexico - One Plate at a Time), Jose Andreas (Made In Spain) and Chris Kimball (America's Test Kitchen From Cook's Illustrated). Setting the stage for a show full of mouth-watering dishes perfect for family and friends, the program begins with all of the chefs sharing the stage in a communal kitchen. Then, in the spirit of a potluck dinner, each chef contributes a single course to the banquet, then "passes the plate" to the next chef. It concludes with all six chefs tasting the dishes of their colleagues at this one-of-a-kind progressive dinner and sharing stories about their dishes.

Nick Stellino Cooking with Friends

This series features Nick's friends, great chefs from acclaimed restaurants across the United States, sharing their unique culinary points of view.

Nick Stellino's Family Kitchen

Each episode features two simple and elegant Mediterranean-style recipes demonstrated in their entirety, step-by-step. Stellino also shares useful tips for preparation and presentation.

Simply Ming

Ironically, Americans tend to complicate their lives in an effort to simplify them. In this series, chef Ming Tsai helps make the yearning for a more manageable lifestyle a reality. Tsai, experienced in classical French, new American and Pan-Asian cuisine, provides a repertoire of very simple recipes which viewers can integrate into numerous dishes. Each of his flavor-packed sauces, salsas, pastes, rubs, stocks, syrups and doughs consists of fewer than seven ingredients, and each requires no more than 20 minutes to prepare.

Spirit of New Wine

Man has been making wine for thousands of years. Its origins are deeply rooted in Western culture. Yet despite our familiarity with the beverage, there is something mysterious about wine that makes it unique. What intangible elements does wine present that remind us of our own invisible nature? Join Spanish journalist Denise Ingrid Brickel in The Spirit of New Wine, an unconventional, atypical documentary that takes viewers on a fascinating journey to the heart of California's wine country. The documentary focuses less on the taste and types of wine, and more on wine's association with cuisine, health, art, nature, friendship, leisure, love, and lifestyle. Without promoting any particular faith or philosophy, The Spirit of New Wine is a completely secular production that highlights individual and collective human values related to the symbolism of wine. The third and final episode, New Wine, provides an entertaining, easy to understand look at the profound meaning of wine in different world religions. The Spirit of New Wine contains breathtaking landscapes, 13 original songs and dozens of interviews with vintners, winemakers and wine lovers, each of whom adds to the kaleidoscope of perspectives on the importance and meaning of wine.

Winemakers

This series follows 12 men and women from all walks of life as they vie for a chance to create and launch their own wine label. Set in California's wine country, it takes viewers inside the making of one of the world's most storied beverages. The contestants plunge head-first into one of the most challenging yet rewarding (and often romanticized) professions to experience every aspect of wine making -- from viticulture and enology to sales and marketing. A seasoned panel of top winemakers, educators, columnists and culinary celebrities oversee the true-to-life challenges the prospective wine-makers would face in the real world. Leslie Sbrocco, the host of Check Please! Bay Area is a judge!

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