I’m a binge watcher; I watch cooking, food, and travel shows armed with notebooks to make sure I catch everything I want to cook or add to the bucket list. There aren’t enough meals or minutes in the day! These are the best Amazon Prime cooking shows, the ones that fill my weekend tv time.
Hope you enjoy them as much as I do, let me know if I’ve missed anything. Oh, and I do realize the cooking competition shows (GBBS notwithstanding) are not included here; we’ll go into those in a future post.
In no particular order, this is what I’m loving right now:
- America’s Test Kitchen – Only a teaser season, but some great stuff and you can buy the rest if you’re hooked.
- Julia & Jacques Cooking at Home – 17 glorious episodes; whether you are a fan of one, both, or neither (really?) you will learn from this show. If like me, you love Pepin’s teaching, you’ll delight in it.
- Jacques Pepin Fast Food My Way – Likewise, lots to learn here and it will have you thinking you need to throw a dinner party soon; all the fast but fancy hors d’oeuvres a cook could ask for.
- Great Chefs – New Orleans – I remember watching this on public television with my grandmother. This one goes way back, old school for sure. If you have a passion NOLA and her food, it’s a must see. There’s even more to love on Great Chefs of the South.
- The Farm – Interesting show that combines a farm family and a chef, the results are interesting from a food anthro perspective and for cooks and farm-to-table enthusiasts, alike.
- Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse – It’s all good, but “The Best Pizza in the World” where Lagasse travels Italy with my chef-hero Nancy Silverton is my absolute favorite.
- Chefs A’Field – More for farm-to-table enthusiasts; chefs showing and, often, seeking out, the local origin of their ingredients. There’s also a version for the kids.
- Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course – This isn’t the dramatized side of the chef you’re used to seeing – Ramsay is informative and a great teacher, without a hint of grumpy temperament. I learned so much and have several new dinner recipes in my rotation. Sticky ribs are an absolute favorite at our house.
- Tasty’s Made by Hand – Quick and informative, and what else would you expect from Tasty? In the same vein is…
- Bon Appetit Handcrafted – Truly beautiful work from the most authentic craftspeople; learn from butchers, pasta makers, & sushi chefs.
- Bon Appetit: Gérard Depardieu’s Europe – He’s classic, he’s lovable, and he never disappoints. Travel through Europe and see all the local flavor along the way.
- Pati’s Mexican Table – Unless you are in one of the few parts of the country that has excellent Mexican food available, you need to learn how to make it at home. Pati can get you there, and she’s lovely and relatable.
- New Scandinavian Cooking – I admit Scandinavian food is not my favorite, but the adorable Andreas Viestad makes this show interesting, nonetheless.
- Lidia’s Kitchen – Oh, how I love Lidia. She’s like learning to cook from your sweet Italian mama with a bit of an edge that says she doesn’t take any crap off anyone. I’ve seen every episode, her risotto-stuffed tomatoes are one of my staples.
If you notice bias, I can’t deny it. While I love food from literally everywhere, France was my first love and French cuisine is my favorite to cook. I gravitate toward classics.
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