‘Milk Street: Season 1′ Will Leave A Relatively Good Taste In Viewers’ Mouths

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Chris Kimball, former host of PBS’ hit cooking series Cook’s Country and America’s Test Kitchen has had quite the journey since 2015. From leaving both series to facing a lawsuit from the heads of one of the series to even facing controversy over the very name of his new show, Kimball has had a lot on his proverbial plate, no pun intended. Even through it all, he apparently managed to weather the storm and return to television late in 2017 with his new series Milk Street. Now thanks to Public Media Distribution and PBS, audiences can own the first season of this new series for themselves on DVD. Released on 2-DVD box set January 30, this 13-episode debut season presents Milk Street as an interesting new effort from Kimball and everyone else behind the show. That is due in part to the show’s presentation. It will be discussed shortly. One thing that detracts from the series’ debut season is the lack of printable recipes, but is luckily for its sake, the only negative to this presentation. The dishes that are presented round out the program’s most important elements. Each element is important in its own way to the season’s overall presentation, as will be pointed out in the coming discussion. All things considered, they make the debut season of Milk Street a good start for this new venture from Kimball and company.

The debut season of Christopher Kimball’s new cooking series Milk Street proves over the course of its thirteen episode run to be a good start for the show. That is evidenced in part to the series’ very presentation. Audiences familiar with Cook’s Country and America’s Test Kitchen, the series that Kimball formerly fronted, will note that the series, in its presentation, takes the best elements of those series and mixes them with some new elements while also eliminating other elements for a whole new, interesting format. In regards to the best elements is the fact that Kimball once again serves only in a host role in this series, which is how the prior series were presented. The cooks were the real stars, and that is the case again here. Speaking of those cooks, Kimball has a new crop of cooks this time out, giving those new faces their own chance at making names for themselves. Also of note are the product and taste test segments. Unlike the segments in Kimball’s previous series, he handles those segments himself here. Instead of focusing on a number of products and comparing them — which is what those segments did (and that is not to talk garbage about them, either) — Kimball takes his time to focus on one item and one item only, making the most of the time for each segment. Love the approach or hate it, it is an interesting new approach. Also new to this series is the fact that instead of just talking about dishes before the segments, Kimball actually introduces the dishes with actual in-kitchen segments in other parts of the world. It’s as if Kimball and company merged elements of A Chef’s Life and Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern just without the really disgusting looking foods presented in the latter series to create this segment. It’s an interesting new take on a familiar approach. Even the studio segments have a whole new take with Kimball and company letting viewers know they are working in front of a studio audience. That was something, on the previous series, that was only made obvious during the taste test segments, so it is another interesting new approach taken here to break down that wall right off the bat. Considering the mix of the old and new presented here, it becomes obvious that Milk Street‘s presentation will appeal to longtime fans of Kimball’s previous series and his new venture. Keeping that in mind, it proves in whole why the general presentation is so important to this first outing for Milk Street. For all the good that the series’ presentation presents, its home release is not without at least one negative. That negative is the seeming lack of printable recipes.

In going through all 13 episodes of Milk Street‘s first season, it appears that none of the dishes presented are complimented with printable recipes. Instead, audiences who want to get the recipes for themselves have to go online to get them. This might not seem overly important on the surface, but when examined on a deeper level, it becomes clear why this is in fact very important to note. In seemingly placing the recipes online only, odds are they will only be available for a certain amount of time. That is because after a while they will have to be purged to make way for other recipes. This in turn creates a certain sense of urgency, and maybe not everyone who watches a series such as this even has access to the web. That makes having the recipes available to print from disc that much more important. It allows audiences to choose and print recipes on their own time. Keeping this in mind, seemingly not having the recipes available on disc does in fact prove pivotal to the presentation of Milk Street’s first season on DVD. It goes without saying that it definitely detracts from the season’s presentation on disc. Hopefully when and if a second season is produced and released, this will be amended, being the only major negative, but still a key negative. As much as it takes away from the season’s presentation, it is not enough to make it a fail. As a matter of fact, speaking of the recipes, the dishes that are featured this season are very similar to those presented in Cook’s Country and ATK. This familiarity rounds out the most important of the season’s elements.

The dishes that are presented throughout the course of Milk Street‘s first season are critical to its presentation because they are so easy to make by and large. This is something else that Kimball has brought over to this venture from his previous series. At the same time, they’re not just average, pedestrian dishes, either. From Fluffy Olive Oil Scrambled Eggs to Lemon-Buttermilk Poundcake to Georgian Chicken Soup (the country Georgia, not the state) to Shrimp in Chipotle Sauce and beyond, the dishes are easily made any night of the week as long as the ingredients can be found. By and large, they can be found with relative ease, too, considering the variety of grocery stores that are out there nowadays. What’s more, the dishes come from so many different nations. There are dishes from Mexico, the United States, Japan, Spain, The Middle East (Israeli Hummus in that case), Thailand, and again Georgia among so many other countries. In other words, this series presents audiences with dishes that they otherwise might not have ever tasted or tried to cook without making them inaccessible or too hard for the everyday cook. That is something that has continued to make ATK and CK hits with their fans, and is certain to resonate with fans who have come along for the ride in this series. Keeping that in mind, it becomes clear why this element is just as important to the presentation of Milk Street: Season 1 as its very presentation and even the issue with the seeming lack of printable recipes. Each element, as has been pointed out, plays its own important part to this series’ debut season. All things considered, this series debut season will not leave too much of a bad taste in viewers’ mouths. It is available now and can be ordered direct via PBS’ online store. More information on Milk Street is available online now along with all of the series’ latest news and more at:

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‘A Chef’s Life’ Continues To Cook Up Success In Its Fourth Season

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PBS’ hit reality series A Chef’s Life has become one of the network’s most popular shows since it first debuted some years ago.  The show wrapped its fourth season in 2016 and saw that season released late last November on a two-disc DVD set.  For those who haven’t yet seen Season Four, the series’ fourth season is in itself an enjoyable human drama; so much better than all of the obviously scripted “reality” series on television today.  The story at the core of the series is once again its cornerstone.  However, its home release on DVD does present at least one negative, a lack of printable recipes.  Thankfully, it is the only truly noticeable of the season’s negatives in its recent home release.  The collective information presented throughout Season Four makes up for the season’s one glaring negative.  That information includes the history of the featured ingredients, the stories of the people around Eastern North Carolina and other general information.  When all of that material is coupled with the stories at the center of Season Four, the whole of those elements makes up for the set’s one negative, and in turn makes it another mostly enjoyable collection of episodes from this fan favorite series.

The fourth season of A Chef’s Life is a mostly enjoyable new collection of episodes from PBS’ hit reality series.  That is due in part to the fact that the stories presented throughout the season continue to keep this series completely apart from all of the clearly scripted reality series on television today.  There is no fake drama generated through sharp editing and producers who are aimed only at getting ratings.  Mrs. Howard’s struggle to balance her personal and business life and to maintain her humility through it all is clearly something very real.  Even as Sous Chef John leaves and has to be replaced, there are no alligator tears shed.  It would have been so easy for Howard and others at the restaurant to go that route.  But they didn’t.  They showed they really cared about John and his wife and wished them the best.  Their uncertainty moving forward was just as clearly real.  The emotional struggle going on within Mrs. Howard as she works to balance her life is also fully believable.  This makes Season Four all the easier to watch from one episode to the next.  Speaking of that entertainment that the stories offer, the whole of said stories shows why they are so integral to the season’s presentation in its recent DVD home release.  While there is plenty to appreciate in the stories this season, it is just one of the season’s positives.  While it clearly has positives, there is at least one negative that can’t be ignored in the season’s home release.  That one negative is its lack of printable recipes.

The true reality of the stories in the fourth season of A Chef’s Life is the cornerstone of the season’s enjoyable presentation.  It is clear in watching each of the season’s episodes that there is no fake drama at any point in any of the season’s episodes.  While the stories do plenty of good for the season’s overall presentation, not everything in this season’s home release is positive.  This season’s home release comes without the ability to print out the dishes presented throughout the season.  This is important to note because audiences have been able to print out the recipes for the featured dishes at least in the third season.  So to not have them available for print-out here is a little disheartening.  It forces audiences to either go online to find the recipes or to just buy Mrs. Howard’s new cookbook.  The sad reality is that the recipes were likely left out as a means to push her book since it took so much precedence throughout Season Four.  One can only hope that wasn’t the case.  If it was, then it is not the best way to promote her book.  Thankfully though, this issue is Season Four’s only negative.  The collective information that is presented throughout this season makes up for that negative.

The lack of printable recipes in this season’s home release is a negative about its presentation that cannot be ignored.  It takes away a significant amount from the season’s presentation in its home release.  Luckily though, it is the season’s only negative.  There is still one more positive that can and should be noted.  That positive is the collective information presented throughout the season.  The information in question involves the history of the given ingredients in each episode and the stories of and from the people of Eastern North Carolina.  Audiences will be interested, for instance, to learn of the lack of respect that catfish has as a seafood option.  Just as interesting to learn in this same moment is the southern take on the phrase “more than one way to skin a cat.”  The man who explains its root is partially right, but also partially wrong.  The root he gives is just one of many roots of the verbage.  There are also lessons about the difference between artichokes and sunchokes in “All Sunchoked Up” that will interest foodies and audiences in general.  As if that isn’t enough, the lessons on cabbage are just as interesting even for those who aren’t fans of cabbage.  When these tidbits of information and others are coupled with the season’s engaging stories, they do plenty to make up for the lack of printable recipes this time out.  Overall, they do so much that even with that one glaring negative, the home release of A Chef’s Life: Season Four still proves another enjoyable installment of PBS’ hit reality series.

The fourth season of A Chef’s Life is another enjoyable installment of PBS’ hit reality series.  That is even despite the fact that audiences aren’t able to print out the recipes this time.  The stories make clearly evident that there is no generated drama from behind lens.  Everything that audiences see on camera is clearly real.  The information that is shared throughout the season adds even more interest to each episode.  Those elements are more than enough to make up for the lack of printable recipes this time out.  All things considered, this season proves to be worth at least one watch and gives hope for the series’ fifth season.  A Chef’s Life: Season Four is available now in stores and online.  More information on this and the series’ previous seasons is available online now along with all of the series’ latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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PBS Distribution Announces Release Date For ‘A Chef’s Life: Season 4’

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Courtesy: PBS/PBS Distribution

This December, PBS is giving audiences a great new gift idea for fans of the network’s hit series A Chef’s Life.

A Chef’s Life: Season 4 will be released on Nov. 29. It will be available exclusively on DVD. Season Four sees Vivian finally finish her long-awaited cookbook. Also on the “menu” for this season are the stresses of new staff and balancing everyday life with Howard’s celebrity status.

For the series’ culinary fans, there are dishes featuring collards, watermelon, catfish and many other foods.  Audiences can view a trailer for the series’ fourth season online now here.

A Chef’s Life: Season 4’s five hour run time is spread across two discs. The set will retail for MSRP of $29.99.  It can be pre-ordered online at a reduced price of $24.99 via PBS’ online store.

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A Chef’s Life Once Again Leaves A Great Taste In Audiences’ Mouths In Its Third Season

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Courtesy: PBS

PBS’ hit cooking/reality series A Chef’s Life has become one of the most beloved series of its kind of television since it made its debut two years ago.  In the time since it made its debut, it has gone on to produce three complete seasons.  It is also already known that the series’ fourth season is set to debut early in 2016 on PBS.  No date for Season Four’s premiere has been set, however.  Regardless it can be said that there are plenty of people waiting for that premiere.  While said audiences wait with baited breath (and watering mouths—awful pun fully intended) for that announcement, they have plenty to keep them satisfied thanks to the release of the series’ first two seasons earlier this year.  Now PBS has given audiences a wonderful third course…er…season (yes, that awful pun was intended, too) in the form of A Chef’s Life: Season Three.  The two-disc DVD set was released just last week.  And just as with the series’ first two seasons, there is plenty to appreciate about Season Three beginning with the show’s approach.  Yet again the approach taken by the show’s heads maintains its sense of humility for lack of better wording.  Yet again it avoids the pretense of those other reality shows.  This will be discussed at more length shortly.  The foods and dishes that are featured throughout the course of Season Three are just as important to this season’s enjoyment as the show’s continued humble, common sense approach.  That will be discussed later.  Last but hardly least of note in Season Three is its cinematography.  As minute as that might seem to some, it is clear and present in the presentation of each of this season’s episodes.  Together with the simple dishes, and simple, humble approach taken with the show’s approach, once again A Chef’s Life has shown why it is the only reality series worth watching on television today and one of the only cooking shows worth watching, too.  All in all, it is even more proof of why PBS remains today the last bastion of truly worthwhile programming on television.

PBS’ hit reality/cooking series A Chef’s Life just recently wrapped up its third season and plans are already in the works for the show’s fourth season.  It has already been confirmed that A Chef’s Life will return for a fourth season early in 2016.  No definite date has been set.  But fans of the series can rest easy knowing that it will be back.  Luckily for fans, PBS and PBS Distribution have given fans a way to pass the time while they wait for the premiere of Season Four with the home release of Season Three on DVD.  The third season of A Chef’s Life continues on exactly the same path that it followed over the course of its first two seasons in regards to its overall approach.  That is the central element of Season Three’s success.  The highs and lows set before Vivian, her staff, and her family throughout Season Three give every opportunity to create drama much in the same vein of all of the other reality series across the broadcast and cable spectrum.  Yet at no point does the show ever go that route.  The highs include Vivian’s visit to NBC’s Today show, her invitation to a special event in South Carolina in the two-part episode “Gone Clamming” and finally getting a new chef for The Boiler Room.  The lows include problems cooking the shrimp for her dish in “Gone Clamming,” having to balance running Chef and the Farmer while trying to write her new cookbook and her increased responsibilities as a celebrity.  Again through all of these ups and downs, there was plenty of chance for A Chef’s Life to take that all too often traveled road and be like all of the other reality series out there.  But thankfully Mrs. Howard—who is one of the show’s heads—never allows that to happen, nor does anyone else behind the lens.  Instead audiences see the everyday struggles and triumphs and how they are handled.  For those that perhaps are not so familiar with this series, this approach proves that instead of being stranger than fiction, truth is actually more entertaining than fiction.  It’s just one part of the show’s continued simple, humble approach that makes it so entertaining in its third season, too.  The fact that Vivian continues to get ideas and ingredients from people in and around her community instead of some flashy, high-priced distributor or cook maintains the show’s down-to-earth feel and in turn makes it that much more accessible and believable for viewers.  Because of this, it ensures that audiences will remain fully engaged from one episode to the next regardless of whether or not they have seen any of Season Three’s episodes yet.  Keeping all of this in mind, the fact that A Chef’s Life uses the same approach in its third season as in its first two seasons is a key element in Season Three’s success.  It is just one element that makes Season Three a success, too.  The foods and recipes presented across Season Three are collectively another element that makes Season Three a success.

The continued simple, humble approach taken by A Chef’ Life in its third season is an important part of the season’s overall success.  That is because it shows that those behind the lens continued to stand against the obviously scripted, overly dramatized garbage on other networks claiming to call itself reality TV.  It is just one of the elements that make this season a success.  Just as the approach taken in season three is simple and relatable so are the foods and recipes presented throughout each episode.  That is exemplified right from the season premiere episode “Stop, Squash, and Roll.”  Mrs. Howard makes what is labeled “Scarlett’s Squash and Onions with Crumbled Bacon” in this episode.  It is of course centered on bacon and diced onions mixed with squash.  It is exactly as it is titled.  It is a simple (there’s that word again) three-ingredient dish that can be made easily in anyone’s own kitchen.  It goes right into Mrs. Howard’s statement that she wants her cookbook to consist of ingredients that anyone can make.  The homemade cubed steak with rice and gravy in “What’s Your Beef” is another example of the simple foods and recipes presented in Season Three.  Audiences get to see beginning to end how the steaks are made and cooked.  And it is as simple as simple can be.  While not necessarily as simple as some of the other featured dishes, Frank Lee’s Clam Hash is easy enough in its own right.  This dish, taken from the two-part “Going Clamming” episode incorporates parsley, saltine crackers, a single onion, sliced bacon, and about a dozen clams.  Shelling and cooking the clams is the most time intensive part of this dish.  But for those that enjoy shellfish, the time taken to cook and then shell them will be worth it in the end.  Other than that part of the dish, everything else is relatively simple to accomplish.  Yet again it is one more example of why the foods and dishes presented throughout Season Three are just as important to its overall viewing experience as the overall approach taken to the show this time out.  Together with that continued simple and humble approach to story-telling, both elements give audiences plenty of reason to add the third season of A Chef’s Life to their own home DVD libraries.  And even as enjoyable as they make Season Three’s viewing experience, they are still not all that completes said experience.  The cinematography incorporated into each episode adds its own element of enjoyment to the show’s overall presentation.

Both the overall approach taken in the presentation of A Chef’s Life in its third season and the foods presented throughout play their own important part in the show’s continued success here.  While both elements are important in their own right, they make up just a portion of what makes A Chef’s Life: Season Three work as well as it does.  The series’ cinematography is just as important this time out as it is in the series’ first two seasons.  It is really one of the aspects of the show that deserves more attention than it gets.  There are great shots of Eastern North Carolina’s sunlit farms and back roads in every episode.  And the footage capturing the crew of Chef and the Farmer at work is just as impressive.  The camera crew does a wonderful job of staying out of the way of the kitchen staff yet still being part of the action so to speak.  They, along with the show’s editors, wonderfully capture the hustle and bustle of the work behind the scenes that makes Chef and the Farmer such a favorite.  These are just a few ways in which the cinematography shows to be integral in the overall presentation of A Chef’s Life in its third season.  There are plenty of other examples that audiences will see for themselves when they watch Season Three themselves.  Those many examples combine with the delicious dishes presented across each episode and simple, humble approach taken to the show in whole to make the third season of A Chef’s Life just as enjoyable as the series’ first two seasons.  They show collectively why A Chef’s Life is the only reality series on television worth watching and one of the only cooking shows worth watching.

A Chef’s Life: Season Three shows in so many ways to be the only reality series on television today worth watching and one of the only cooking shows worth watching, too. In all it is yet more proof of why PBS remains today the last bastion of truly worthwhile programming on television. It shows this first and foremost through its continued simplistic, down to earth approach. Rather than allow itself to be one of those obviously scripted shows overly laden with drama at every turn, it keeps itself a rather believable presentation. That is because it doesn’t capitalize on those opportunities for drama. The delectable yet simple dishes and their simple ingredients add to that down to earth approach. They are dishes that for the most part could be made in any American kitchen, not just those of some snooty, overpriced bistro type place. The show’s cinematography is just as impressive throughout Season Three’s run as those of the series’ first two seasons, too. The camera crew captures some beautiful footage of Eastern North Carolina’s countryside and its farms. Its ability to capture the hard work put into keeping Chef and the Farmer running day after day is just as impressive especially considering the camera crew’s ability to almost become part of the kitchen crew rather than be just another observer getting in the way of daily operations. Each noted element plays its own key part in the overall presentation of A Chef’s Life’s third season. Altogether, they show again why this series remains such a hit even among those audiences that might not otherwise watch PBS, reality TV or even cooking shows. It is an original and an impressive original at that and it is available now online via PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/search/index.jsp?kwCatId=&kw=a%20chefs%20life%20season%203&origkw=A+Chef%27s+Life+Season+3&sr=1. More information on A Chef’s Life, including recipes and episodes of the series, is available online now at:

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Grown-Ups Got Plenty Of Alternatives To Theaters’ Offerings In 2015

This year’s big screen offerings brought big numbers for theaters. The problem is that the majority of those big numbers were the result of Hollywood’s (and audiences’) seemingly insatiable appetite for prequels, sequels, and remakes. It’s a sad statement when one really sits down and thinks about it. And thankfully more audiences are coming to their senses about it each year and staying home instead, taking in the variety of alternatives being offered on television and online. Given, far too many of those alternatives were (and still are) serials, dramas, and some mixture thereof. But for all of the serials and dramas out there, they were just a drop in the bucket in terms of just how much was offered to audiences this year in the way of home entertainment. Shout! Factory released two more volumes of episodes from the cult classic series Mystery Science Theater 3000 this year. It also released the final two seasons of the classic sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter, the complete series run of The Saint, and much more. PBS has released all three current seasons of its hit reality/cooking show A Chef’s Life, and partnered once again with itv to release the third season of Mr. Selfridge. Timeless Media Group even gave audiences a good scare this year with the release of A Haunting: Season Seven. And for all of the conspiracy theorists out there, Lionsgate and History channel offered up the seventh season of Ancient Aliens. These are just some of the alternatives offered to audiences this year from the home entertainment realm. And they are all on the Phil’s Picks list of 2015’s Best New Box Sets for Grown-Ups. That is in comparison to box sets for the whole family. That is a whole other list. That list will be presented tomorrow. In explaining the choices for the list of this year’s top new box sets for grown-ups, the overall packaging of each set was taken into consideration alongside each set’s bonus materials (or lack thereof) and the writing that went into each presentation. The combination of each element in each set went into coming up with this list. Not every set had bonus material such as with Welcome Back, Kotter’s third and fourth season. But the writing behind each season made each season entertaining enough that they each stand quite well on their own merits. The bonus material featured in both volumes of MST3K played a big role in their presentations deserving them their own spots as did the bonus material in Time Life’s new Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts box set and that of Hell on Wheels’ fourth season. That should hopefully give at least some background on why each title was listed where it was listed. Keeping that in mind every title listed here is fully deserving of its spot on this list. So enough rambling. Without any further ado, I offer for your reading pleasure dear readers, the Phil’s Picks 2015 Top 10 New Box Sets for Grownups. As always, the Top 10 make up the main body of the list while the bottom five each receive special mention as they deserve to be on the list just as much. Here you go!

 

PHIL’S PICKS 2015 TOP 10 NEW BOX SETS FOR GROWN-UPS

  1. A CHEF’S LIFE: SEASON 1

 

  1. A CHEF’S LIFE: SEASON 2

 

  1. A CHEF’S LIFE: SEASON 3

 

  1. WELCOME BACK, KOTTER: SEASON 3

 

  1. WELCOME BACK, KOTTER: SEASON 4

 

  1. MR. SELFRIDGE: SEASON 3

 

  1. THE DEAN MARTIN CELEBRITY ROASTS: STINGERS AND ZINGERS

 

  1. HELL ON WHEELS: SEASON 4

 

  1. MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: VOLUME XXXIII

 

  1. MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: VOLUME XXXIV

 

  1. THE SAINT: THE COMPLETE SERIES

 

  1. BROADCHURCH: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON

 

  1. HALT AND CATCH FIRE: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON

 

  1. A HAUNTING: SEASON 7

 

  1. ANCIENT ALIENS: SEASON 7

 

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A Chef’s Life: Holiday Special More Than Lives Up To Its Title

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This Tuesday, December 8th, PBS will air a special episode of its hit series A Chef’s Life. In conjunction with the premiere of A Chef’s Life: Holiday Special, the hour-long episode has also been released on DVD. The DVD, released early last month, is a wonderful addition to the series’ run. That is thanks in large part to its overall presentation. It doesn’t stray from its usual presentation here just because it is a holiday special. That will be discussed shortly. It’s just one part of what makes this episode so enjoyable. The episode’s pacing is another positive. Even as the program’s run time is roughly an hour, its pacing is certain to keep audiences engaged from beginning to end. Last but hardly least of note in this episode’s presentation is its bonus material. The bonus material in question is the inclusion of a printable recipe complete with picture of each dish presented in the episode. Each element in its own right makes A Chef’s Life: Holiday Special a wonderful watch for any of the show’s fans. Collectively, they show once again unquestionably why A Chef’s Life is the only reality series on television worth watching today and one of the only cooking shows worth watching. It also shows just as much once more why PBS remains today the last bastion of truly worthwhile programming on television.

A Chef’s Life has proven over the course of the past three seasons to be the only reality series on television today that is worth watching. It has also proven to be one of the only cooking shows on television. The only other cooking shows worth watching are also on television. Though their fate would seem to be up in the air after Chris Kimball’s departure from said shows. Getting back on topic, while A Chef’s Life has proven without a doubt to be such a wonderful program over the course of those three seasons it more than proves it again with its new holiday special, which was released on DVD last month. It shows this mainly through its overall presentation. It would have been easy for all involved to make this episode of A Chef’s Life some overly campy Walton’s style program or something similar. Thankfully that didn’t happen here. Rather, the episode maintained the same presentation as every one of the series’ other episodes. It sees Vivian trying–as always–to balance her family life with heading up things at Chef and the Farmer. This means that yet again there is no sense of pretense at any given point in the episode. And audiences get to see Vivian learning about how given dishes are made through people in her local community. They aren’t celebrity chefs or anything else. they are just average, everyday people. And even they don’t try to be anything other than themselves when they’re on camera. It makes the overall experience all the more enjoyable. On another level, even when Vivian, Ben, and their kids join Ben’s family to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah, the show’s heads don’t let the episode get sappy or schmaltzy. However, audiences do get a very basic lesson on the history of Hanukkah along with Vivian. That is a positive in its own right. Vivian even gets to attend a hog killing in this episode as she learns how to make corned ham. And this sequence really shows the series’ lack of pretense as Vivian sees how the hog is killed, and more. The emotional pain that she exhibits is not just drama played up for the camera. It is very much real. Keeping that in mind, some younger audiences might find this moment disturbing. If it disturbed her (much like when the chickens were killed in another episode), then it will potentially disturb some viewers. Though, Ben’s discussion in relation to seeing it does make some sense. This is a lot to take in. But the central point of everything noted here is that regardless of whether or not audiences are familiar with A Chef’s Life, audiences in whole will be pleased to see that this episode doesn’t stray from the series. It presents A Chef’s Life just as the rest of the series does so. It’s just one way in which A Chef’s Life: Holiday Special proves itself a wonderful watch for any viewer.

The overall presentation of A Chef’s Life: Holiday Special lies at the core of the episode’s enjoyment. It presents A Chef’s Life exactly as audiences have come to know the series in each of its three current seasons. By the way, Season Four is tentatively due to debut early in 2016 from current knowledge. It is just one way in which this special episode of A Chef’s Life shows itself to be such an enjoyable episode. The episode’s pacing is just as important to the episode’s whole as the episode’s presentation. The episode’s run time is roughly an hour give or take a few minutes for credits. Over the course of that time, the episode’s pacing remains so solid that viewers won’t even realize that so much time has passed. That is a real testament in its own right to the show and those behind the lens. The transitions are natural from one scene to the next and the frantic energy that Vivian must have felt translates so well on screen. Both elements play their own important part in the success of the episode’s pacing. The work of the show’s editors plays just as much of a role in that success. The end result is an episode that will keep audiences engaged and entertained from beginning to end. The fact that the episode doesn’t stray from the show’s already established format doesn’t hurt either. Both elements considered, they give audiences plenty of reason to order it now that it is available on DVD.

The overall presentation of A Chef’s Life: Holiday Special and its pacing are both key elements to the episode’s enjoyment. The presentation doesn’t stray from the show’s familiar format. And the pacing will ensure event more that audiences remain entertained and engaged from beginning to end. There is no denying that either element plays its own important part to the presentation of this episode in its new DVD release. They are however, only a portion of what makes this episode so enjoyable. The bonus material that is included in the DVD’s presentation is just as important to the DVD’s presentation as the episode in all of its facets. The bonus material in question is the inclusion of recipes for each of the dishes featured in the episode. For that might not have already seen the episode, the featured dishes are: Red Velvet Cake, Hoppin’ John, Ambrosia, and corned ham. The recipes are presented as .PDF files that can be accessed via a DVD rom. They can even be printed out for audiences’ own personal cookbooks. It’s even more reason why programs on DVD/Blu-ray will always have their own place in home entertainment versus streaming programs. But that is a discussion for another time. That final element coupled with the episode’s overall presentation and its pacing results in an episode that will have a special place in any viewer’s home this holiday season and every holiday season to come. Together, they show unquestionably why A Chef’s Life is one of television’s elite programs and why PBS in whole remains today the last bastion of truly worthwhile programming on television.

A Chef’s Life: Holiday Special is a fittingly titled episode of PBS’ hit reality.coking series. That is because in examining each of its elements in its new DVD release, it proves to be a truly special presentation. Its presentation shows that it doesn’t stray in the least from the series’ familiar format in its other episodes. The pacing of the program over its roughly hour-long run time will keep viewers entertained and engaged from beginning to end. That is thanks in large part to the scene transitions and overall editing of the episode. The bonus printable recipes included on the episode’s DVD alow audiences to try their hand at making the dishes featured in the episode for themselves. Each noted element plays its own important part in the whole of A Chef’s Life: Holiday Special. Altogether, they make A Chef’s Life: Holiday Special a truly special episode of PBS’ hit reality/cooking series and show unquestionably why this series is one of television’s elite programs. In turn, they show once more why PBS remains today the last bastion of truly worthwhile programming on television. A Chef’s Life: Holiday Special is available now on DVD. It can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=54994086&cp=&sr=1&kw=a+chefs+life+holiday+special&origkw=A+Chef%27s+Life+Holiday+Special&parentPage=search. More information on this episode of A Chef’s Life is available online along with all of the latest news from the show at:

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PBS Announces Release Date For A Chef’s Life: Season 3

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This fall PBS Distribution will release the third season of PBS’ hit reality series A Chef’s Life.

PBS Distribution will release A Chef’s Life: Season 3 on Tuesday, December 15th. In the latest installment of the hit reality series, Vivian is balancing quite a few things in her life. She has taken on assembling a new cookbook for publication. She is now also managing not one but two restaurants all while balancing that with her own personal life (I.E. being a wife and mother). There is even a huge family reunion feast to be planned as well as preps for food festivals and competitions.

A Chef’s Life: Season 3’s thirteen total episodes are spread across two discs. The double disc set will retail for MSRP of $29.99 but can be pre-ordered online now direct via PBS’ online store for a discounted price of $24.99 at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=72925186&cp=&sr=1&kw=a+chefs+life+season+3&origkw=A+Chef%27s+Life+Season+3&parentPage=search. More information on A Chef’s Life is available online now at:

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PBS To Release A Chef’s Life Holiday Special This Fall

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PBS’ hit reality series A Chef’s Life recently kicked off its third season. And while Season Three is currently under way, PBS and PBS Distribution have announced the upcoming release of the series’ annual holiday special.

A Chef’s Life Holiday Special will be available nationwide on Tuesday, November 3rd. That is just in time for the start of the holiday season. In this special edition of A Chef’s Life Vivian is joined by a number of familiar friends and family to help her put together her annual holiday meal. Chef Scott Barton shows Vivian the ins and outs of making Hoppin’ John while Bill Smith shows Vivian the secrets of making corned ham. And Vivian’s own sister helps her with her recipe for Red Velvet Cake. Audiences also get to see how Vivian’s husband Ben and his family celebrate the first night of Chanukah from lighting the menorah to preparing special foods connected to the celebration of lights.

A Chef’s Life Holiday Special will be available Tuesday, November 3rd. It will be available exclusively on DVD for MSRPP of $24.99 and can be ordered online now direct via PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=54994086&cp=&sr=1&kw=a+chefs+life+holiday+special&origkw=A+Chef%27s+Life+Holiday+Special&parentPage=search. More information on this upcoming release is available online now along with all of the latest news on A Chef’s Life at:

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A Chef’s Life Still The Cream Of The Reality TV Crop In Its Second Season

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PBS’ A Chef’s Life is the single-best series of its kind on television today.  The hit reality-series already proved that throughout its first season both on television and in its home release earlier this year.  That reputation was solidified even more this past spring with the release of its second season on DVD.  The second season of “A Chef’s Life” continues to prove the series’ place as the leading name in its genre primarily through its content.  Yet again the pretense that is so common among all of the commercially-based reality series is completely lacking here.  Simply put, it continues to actually live up to the title of reality TV unlike all of those obviously scripted “reality-TV” series that pollute the broadcast and cable ranks.  While Season Two shines yet again because of its lack of pretense, it appears that in this season, the separate cooking segments that were prevalent in Season One are not quite as visible this time out.  While it isn’t necessarily a wholly bad thing it would have been nice to have them included in each episode.  That is because the dishes featured in each episode look and sound so delectable.  Even with that one con, the second season of A Chef’s Life is no less enjoyable than the first.  The work of the show’s editors is one more positive to this set.  It is thanks to those individuals that viewers get to see how unpretentious the show really is.  If anything, it is thanks to the work of the show’s editors that audiences will find themselves laughing and smiling all while trying to keep their mouths from watering.  That positive alongside the series’ continued unpretentious approach shows yet again why A Chef’s Life remains the best reality series on television today.  This is despite the one minor setback shown in this season. 

PBS’ hit reality TV series A Chef’s Life is the only show of its kind on television today that is truly worth watching.  That is just as obvious in the series’ second season as in the first.  It is so obvious right off the top because of its continued lack of pretense.  This is something continued from the series’ first season.  More clearly put, audiences continue to feel like they are actually watching a real-life situation within this season’s episodes.  There is never a sense of any forced drama or even anything scripted.  That is obvious in the two-part episode “Don’t Tom Thumb Your Nose At Me!” and “Apples” just as much as in “Obviously, It’s Pecans” and “Chicken Lickin’.”  That lack of pretense is so obvious in “Don’t Tom Thumb Your Nose At Me” as Vivian and Ben hit the road for the annual SFA conference in Oxford, Mississippi.  Things don’t go completely as planned for Vivian as she and Ben are preparing her presentation lunch.  It would have been so easy for those behind the show to generate some kind of over-the-top drama here for the sake of ratings.  Luckily though, that didn’t happen.  So instead audiences see Vivian’s natural stress to her first major public presentation outside of the restaurant.  “Apples” is another example of what makes this season continue to feel so real in a number of ways.  From Vivian talking to real, down home people as she plans her next, apple-related dish to her own humility as she cuts herself while slicing apples, the moments shared both in and out of the kitchen in this episode show time and again just how unpretentious this series continues to be.  Her joking about how people pronounce the word “pecan” at the start of “Obviously, It’s Pecans” shows that just as much.  It’s a short moment.  But her demeanor in that introduction sets the tone for the whole episode.  Vivian’s reaction as she watches the fate of the chickens chosen for “production” in “Chicken Lickin’” shows in its own way the lack of pretense in this season.  No need to worry.  The cameras don’t show what happens.  They do show her reaction, though.  And that mix of emotional pain and shock speaks volumes.  That is not something synthetic.  That is really her.  It is a powerful and telling moment.  And it makes even clearer just how real this series is in comparison to its commercially-based competitors.  These are just a few examples of how the continued lack of pretense in the second season of A Chef’s Life.  There are plenty of other examples that viewers will find for themselves throughout Season Two’s fourteen total episodes.  In seeing those many other moments, viewers will agree that this element alone is more than enough reason to watch this season of A Chef’s Life.
 
The unpretentious approach taken by A Chef’s Life in its second season is more than enough reason for audiences to pick up this season of what is the only reality TV series worth watching today.  While that approach presents plenty of reason to watch, Season Two isn’t without at least one rather noticeable con.  The con in question is the lack of separate cooking segments.  Season One offered audiences the chance to watch Vivian cook her dishes separate from the episodes.  It allowed audiences the chance to learn on their own how to cook some of the dishes featured in the show.  And there was, again, no sense of pretense in these segments.  Sadly, it appears that said segments are sadly missing from this season’s menu options.  In defense of those at PBS Distribution and whoever is charged with assembling the DVDs, there were a lot of recipes featured this season.  To that extent maybe someone felt that there were so many recipes that it would be a fool’s errand to try and include each one.  That being the case at least seeing the dishes being prepared within the context of each episode serves as a starting point for those that want to try out said recipes for themselves.  From there, viewers can look up the recipes online via any number of cookbooks and online cooking sites.  So in the end while the omission of the separate cooking segments is a con that must be addressed, it is not one that ultimately kills this season’s home release.  It just would have been nice to have that in there even if only one of the recipes from each episode and in the very least as bonus material.  With any luck audiences will see those segments return after Season Three ends and is released on DVD likely late this year or early in 2016.
 
The lack of the cooking segments that were originally included in Season One’s set is something that had to be noted in examining this set in whole.  While those segments are sorely missed in the case of this season’s set, their omission isn’t enough to ruing the double-disc set.  That is because the presentation of each episode in whole once again is done so in a manner completely opposite of its commercially-based competitors.  The episodes are presented in a fashion that makes the show believable.  It doesn’t feel like any element of the show is scripted.  A big reason that it maintains that truly real feel is the work of the show’s editors.  Vivian and Ben’s trip to the SFA conference is one prime example of how the show’s editing helps make it so enjoyable in whole.  The editors do an impressive job of presenting Vivian’s stress at being at one of her biggest public appearances.  Rather than show moments that might have presented an otherwise overly dramatic moment, the editors instead showed Vivian as herself.  There’s no yelling.  There’s no screaming or cursing.  There’s just Vivian ready to pull out her hair from stressing herself out.  It makes her a much more relatable figure for audiences.  The fact that the editors kept in the moment in which Vivian cuts herself while slicing apples is another example of the importance of the show’s editing to its overall success and enjoyment.  She calls herself a professional while slicing the apples, only to cut herself in the process.  From there, she even pokes fun at herself for having spoken so soon.  It is one of those moments that having been left in its given episode, makes her more relatable and human.  More simply put, it keeps her on the same level as the show’s viewers rather than elevating her to that upper pantheon of TV celebrities, which is good both for her and the show.  On a more technical level, audiences will note that the cuts from shot to shot are not as fast-paced as in other reality TV series out there.  Most people don’t pay very close attention to this element.  But the use of such technique is often used to heighten a show’s tension.  The editors behind A Chef’s Life don’t use that practice as is evident yet again in the series’ second season.  Rather the pacing of their cuts keeps a tone throughout each episode that somehow manages to maintain that fully unscripted feel about the show.  Any number of moments could be cited as examples of that talent and its importance.  Audiences will find that, again, for themselves when they purchase A Chef’s Life: Season Two for themselves.  The talent of the show’s editors alongside the overall unpretentious approach to the show makes fully clear why it remains in its second season the only series of its kind worth watching today.  This is the case even with the omission of the separate, standalone cooking segments that were included in the show’s first season.  All things considered, the approach taken with this season and the work of the show’s editors combine to make A Chef’s Life: Season Two another example of reality TV done right and why in turn A Chef’s Life remains the cream of the reality TV crop.  That being the case, Season Two ultimately shows once more why PBS remains today the last bastion of truly worthwhile programming on television.
 
A Chef’s Life is the only series of its kind worth watching today.  It proved that solidly in the series’ premiere season and has continued to do so in its second season as is proven in Season Two’s recently released second season.  Season Two is just as unpretentious as Season One.  The work of the show’s editors plays into that effect.  Even with the omission of the separate cooking segments this time out, the show still easily holds its own among its commercially-based competitors.  All things considered A Chef’s Life: Season Two is another must see for anyone wanting real reality TV.  It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered online direct from PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=52748966&cp=&sr=1&kw=a+chefs+life&origkw=A+Chef%27s+Life&parentPage=search.  More information on A Chef’s Life is available online now along with all of the latest updates from the show at:
 
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A Chef’s Life Should Be On Every Reality TV Fan’s “Menu”

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Courtesy: PBS/PBS Distribution

This fall, PBS’ hit reality series A Chef’s Life returns for its third season. This is according to a post on the series’ official Facebook page. While it might not seem like it, that’s not too far away. Luckily though, there is still just enough time for fans of the only reality series really worth watching to catch up. Fans can do just that with the show’s first season. A Chef’s Life: Season One was released on DVD earlier this spring. The thirteen episode run offers audiences shows through a variety of reasons why it stands head and shoulders above all of the garbage out that claiming to be reality television beginning with the show itself. Unlike all of the commercial shows that populate the broadcast and cable ranks A Chef’s Life shows in its debut season to have none of the pretense that is all too common among those shows. In simpler terms, it actually feels real rather than scripted. In regards to the box set itself, audiences will appreciate that the episodes that make up Season One are separated out across both of its two discs. This is one of those rare cases in which it is okay that continuous play is not incorporated into a DVD, Blu-ray or box set. The reason for this will be discussed later. Last but most definitely not least of all that makes A Chef’s Life: Season One so enjoyable for audiences is that not only are the episodes separated out as standalone episodes but the cooking segments featured within the episodes are themselves separated out for audiences’ viewing. Even better is that PBS didn’t resort to using them as bonus features. Rather they were made standard with the episode selections. Whether for this reason, for the separation of the episodes, or for the very presentation of the episodes themselves, audiences will see in watching A Chef’s Life: Season One that this first season shows why it is the only reality TV series worth watching and in turn once again why PBS has proven itself to be the last bastion of truly worthwhile programming on television.

PBS’ hit reality series A Chef’s Life is the only reality series worth watching today. It stands head and shoulders above all of the garbage out there today claiming to be “real” television. It stands so tall primarily because it lacks the pretense that marks all of those other shows (I.E. Welcome To Sweetie Pies, Cake Boss, American Chopper). Rather, it really does feel real. Star Vivian Howard and her husband are not the flashy figures that audiences are so accustomed to seeing in those shows. Nor are their daily lives the flashy type of stuff that is portrayed in those other, obviously scripted series. Everything that goes on in the lives of Vivian and her staff feels completely organic. So if there some clever editing that happens, the end result doesn’t feel like all of those other shows. What’s more, unlike those shows, A Chef’s Life includes throughout its lead season to have its own amount of educational content. For example, when Vivian wants to make the beloved southern treat called cracklins she goes to one of the local hog farms and learns how ham is cured, treated and generally prepared for market. Audiences learn the importance of keeping the meat in certain conditions versus the belief of having it in other conditions. It is a really enlightening moment. Audiences also learn the intricacies of properly cooking things like collard greens and proper growth of said products as well as what makes Muscadine grapes one of the most underappreciated of the grape family. Many audiences will be interested to discover that Muscadines are used often used for wine production. There is much more in terms of the show’s educational content that audiences will find quite intriguing. What is noted here is just a small sampling of the series’ educational content. That content, when partnered with series’ overall lack of pretense and feeling of true reality makes fully clear why the content that makes up the first season of A Chef’s Life makes it stand head and shoulders above all of the other series out there today claiming to be reality.

The overall content that makes up the body of A Chef’s Life in its first season is plenty of reason within itself for audiences to watch this collection of episodes. Collectively, they show the series to be one that stands head and shoulders above all of the other series claiming to be reality TV. In turn, the content presented here shows yet again why PBS remains the last bastion of truly worthwhile programming on television today. The content presented here, as strong as it is, is only one of a handful of reasons that audiences will appreciate the first season of A Chef’s Life. The separation of the episodes throughout the set’s two discs is another reason that audiences will enjoy Season One. Unlike so many other DVDs, Blu-rays, and box sets out there, A Chef’s Life: Season One doesn’t have an autoplay function embedded within its discs. This means that after each episode’s end audiences are taken back to the title menu so as to choose which episode they want to watch after the chosen episode ends. To some viewers, the view has been that this is not necessarily a good thing. The reality though, is that it is actually a very good thing. It means that if audiences don’t want to have to sit through a certain number of episodes to get to the episodes that they want to see, they need not worry. The disc will take audiences right back to the title menu and let them choose if they want to watch a specific part of the given episodes such as the cooking segment (which will be discussed shortly) or a given chapter of the episode in question. Viewers can even do this before playing out the episode(s). Simply put, separating the episodes out without the autoplay function gives viewers more options. To that extent, this is definitely a good thing in the grand scheme of Season One. It still is not all that makes A Chef’s Life: Season One so enjoyable for audiences. There is still that matter of the episodes’ segmentation at yet another, deeper level.

The separation of the episodes in the first season of A Chef’s Life is itself a very good thing despite what some viewers might have people think. The content within said episodes makes this season in whole even more enjoyable for audiences of all ages. Both elements together offer plenty of proof as to why A Chef’s Life is the best reality TV series out there today and in turn why PBS remains the last bastion of truly worthwhile programming on television in whole today. For all of the importance of the noted elements, there is still one aspect of the set worth noting that makes it enjoyable. That last remaining element of the set’s enjoyment is the segmentation of the episodes’ cooking segments as their own viewing option in each episode. PBS has given audiences the chance in this season to watch each episode’s cooking segment by themselves completely separate from the episodes. This means that those that want to try out the recipes features in each episode can do so at their own leisure. They don’t have to speed through the given episodes to get to said segments since they have been separated out along with being presented within the course of each episode. On yet another level, there is no sense of pretense in these segments either. It would be so easy for Vivian to be like all of the celebrity chef’s on Food Network and other networks. But she doesn’t take that opportunity, instead coming across just like a down home chef. She talks to audiences rather than at them or even down to them. It makes her more relatable to audiences and brings everything in this set full circle proving once and for all why A Chef’s Life: Season One is a great start for the series and why it is the best reality TV series out there today. In turn it proves once more without any doubt why PBS remains today the last bastion of truly worthwhile programming on television today.

A Chef’s Life: Season One proves in plenty of ways why A Chef’s Life is the best reality TV series out there today. The lack of pretense in its overall content separates it clearly from its competitors (if one even wants to consider those other shows competition). The separation of the episodes within the course of the two-disc set makes it even more enjoyable despite what some might want to believe. The separation of the episodes’ cooking segments and the overall lack of pretense within said segments brings everything full circle proving once and for all just how what makes A Chef’s Life: Season One a great debut for a show that even now as it prepares to debut its third season, is the best show within its genre today. In turn, all three elements together show once more why PBS remains the last bastion of truly worthwhile programming on television today. A Chef’s Life: Season One is available now on DVD and can be ordered online via PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=54994066&cp=&sr=1&kw=a+chefs+life&origkw=A+Chef%27s+Life&parentPage=search. More information on A Chef’s Life is available online now along with all of the series’ latest news and more at:

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