‘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:

Website: http://www.177milkstreet.com

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Public Media Distribution Announces ‘Milk Street: Season 1’ Home Release Date

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Christopher Kimball, former host of PBS’ America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country recently made his return to television with his own new television series Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street.  That series’ debut season will make its way home later this month.

Christopher Kimball’s Milk StreetSeason 1 is currently scheduled to be released Jan. 30 on DVD and Feb. 12 on Digital HD.  The series’ debut season will be spread across three discs at a total run time of 390 minutes.  It will retail for MSRP of $34.99, but can be pre-ordered now at a reduced price of $29.99 via PBS’ online store.

Season One of Kimball’s new program features cooking lesson segments taped in-studio, tips and techniques that everyday cooks can use in the kitchen, and product test segments, just as in Kimball’s previous series.  Season One also takes viewers around the globe to learn about various dishes and more.

More information on Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street is available online now along with all of the series’ latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.177milkstreet.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/177MilkStreet

 

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‘Cook’s Country’ Is Still One Of TV’s Top Cooking Series In Its 10th Season

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Late this past November, Public Media Distribution, PBS’ media distribution organization, released to audiences the 10th season of its long-running hit cooking series Cook’s Country on DVD. The two-disc set easily found its own spot on this critic’s list of 2017’s top new family box sets. For those who might still be asking why it would go on a list of best new family box sets, it’s because it is a wonderful way to bring families together for television viewing and to get families in whole excited about cooking. The 13-episode collection is everything that families have come to expect from the series too, beginning with its selection of recipes. Those recipes will be discussed shortly. The mid-show product segments collectively play their own important part in the season’s presentation and will be discussed later. Last but hardly least of note in this season’s presentation is that co-hosts Julia Davison and Bridget Lancaster really step up in their first season without now former host Christopher Kimball. Each noted element is key in its own way to this season’s whole. All things considered, they make the tenth season of Cook’s Country yet more proof of why this show is one of television’s top cooking shows.

Over the course of its now 10 seasons on television, PBS’ hit cooking series Cook’s Country has proven time and again to be among television’s top cooking series. America’s Test Kitchen, its companion series (and which also airs on PBS) is television’s other top series. A discussion on that series will be saved for another time. The focus for now is on Cook’s Country and its latest season — Season 10. The tenth season of Cook’s Country is, as with its predecessors, more proof of why this series is one of television’s top cooking series. That statement is supported in part through the dishes featured in this season. The dishes featured this season are almost as widespread as in past seasons. From pork, poultry and pasta to beef and some of the sweetest and most savory desserts and side dishes, this season offers plenty to leave viewers’ mouths watering. There is even a vegetarian dish that could be an entrée or side dish in the form of grilled broccoli with lemon and parmesan. Among the most interesting beef entrees (at least to this critic) are the grilled bourbon steaks. Yes, the marinade actually involves the use of bourbon. The So-Cal citrus braised pork tacos are the most intriguing of the season’s pork entrees while the pasta with sausage ragu definitely takes top pasta honors.

Those wanting something a little sweet will love the homemade (and easy to make) chocolate chip skillet cookie, Mississippi Mud Pie and homemade churros. Of course the Apple Pandowdy is a good fit for much of the nation right now. From one dish to the next, audiences will find especially pleasing is that once again, they are easy enough for the everyday person to make, and can be made any night (or even day) of the week and in each season, speaking of the apple pandowdies. As if that isn’t enough, the historical and educational content that has always accompanied each entrée is present once again. One of the most interesting educational facts to learn is the difference between spare ribs, baby back ribs and St. Louis style cut. Viewers learn in the segment focused on slow cooker style wet ribs that baby back ribs in fact come from the pig’s back, and in turn have less meat and more bone than spare rib cuts and st. louis cuts. The result is varying cook times, too. In regards to the whoopie pies, audiences learn a fun little history about whoopie pies becoming one American town’s official pie and the fallout that happened as a result. It’s a factoid that will leave viewers laughing.

If the dishes and everything connected to them is not enough for audiences, the fact that each and every dish’s recipe can be printed out should impress in its own right. Having that availability once again is a bonus in itself. It means that fans can home cooks can make the featured dishes on their own time without having to reference the episodes. It also means being able to have the recipes without having to subscribe to any magazine or buying any oversized cook book, but instead adding to their own free cookbooks. Paying one price for the possibility of having 26 more recipes is not a bad deal when one really thinks about it. Keeping everything noted in mind, it becomes clear why the dishes featured in this season are so important to its presentation. Collectively speaking, they are only one of the season’s most important elements. The product segments — taste testing and tech talk — play their own collectively important part to the season’s presentation.

The mid-show segments included in each episode are nothing new for Cook’s Country. They have been included in every one of the series’ previous seasons, and are just as interesting this season as in the series’ past runs. This time out, co-hosts Julia Davison and Bridget Lancaster, who are themselves veterans of the series, (this will be discussed later) get to compare different brands of dill pickle spears, different brands of salsa and even pre-popped popcorn along with much more in the taste test segments. When testing the pickles, Mt. Olive, which is quite the well-known brand, apparently took second to the Boar’s Head brand while Vlasic came in last. Newman’s Own salsa, another relatively well-known product name, lost out to Chi-Chi’s and home-made salsa while Cape Cod and Smart Choice bagged popcorn lost to Smartfood Delight bagged popcorn. It shows that sometimes it’s worth a little extra money to get quality while other times (as with Chi-Chi’s) one doesn’t have to break the bank with a product to get something tasty.

The tech talk segments include discussions of everything from thermometers to cook timers to even cast iron skillets, food processors and piping bags (the bags used to put icing on cakes, etc.). Whether with the food or the kitchen tech, audiences will be happy to see that once again, each segment is balanced in its final finding. Sometimes the more expensive items get the vote while at other times, the simpler, less expensive ones win the day (E.g. the Oxo push button cook timer, which costs only $20 and the Wilton piping kit, which cost only $30 versus its more expensive counterparts). Taking in the discussions on how the decisions were made — basis of affordability, simplicity, durability, etc. — makes for even more appreciation and validation for the choices and shows again that there is no bias to one product or another. It’s simple, but it gives the show and its personalities that much more credence. Keeping in mind everything noted in this section, it becomes clear why the season’s mid-show segments are just as important to its presentation as its featured dishes. They are still not the last of the season’s most important elements. Co-hosts Julia Davison and Bridget Lancaster play their own pivotal part to the season’s presentation, too.

Those who are familiar with Cook’s Country will recall that Davison and Lancaster have been associated with the series (and its companion series America’s Test Kitchen for a long time. The thing is that in the series’ previous years, they had been relegated to “assistant” host positions while now former host Christopher Kimball led the show. Now that they have taken over hosting duties together, both women appear on camera together on almost every episode, cooking the dishes together the whole time, too. Every now and then, they had guest chefs come in to help, but for the most part, the women take full charge of the show, and make it just as interesting with their educational and historical knowledge of the dishes as it was when Kimball headed the program. It never really did seem fair that Davison and Lancaster were relegated to supporting roles while Kimball was the show’s head since they really did the work and he essentially stood there and just talked. That being the case, this first outing for the pair as the show’s co-hosts proves successful and shows even more the series’ promise as it heads into its 11th season. When this is considered along with the clearly deep importance of the season’s featured dishes and mid-show segments, the whole of those elements shows without a doubt why Cook’s Country remains, in its 10th season, one of television’s top cooking series.

The 10th season of PBS’ hit cooking show Cook’s Country is an enjoyable 13-episode run that will appeal just as much to the most seasoned chefs as it will to everyday cooks looking to spice up their own home menus. That is proven in part through recipes that are fitting from one end of the year to the other and that will reach an equally wide range of tastes. The mid-show segments are just as enjoyable as ever, too with their range of food and kitchen tech products. Co-hosts Julia Davison and Bridget Lancaster both show their chops as the show’s heads in their first season leading the program. They’ve had plenty of time honing their presentation, too and it shows in every episode. Each noted element is important in its own right to the whole of this season. All things considered, they make Cook’s Country: Season 10 — again — more proof of why this series remains today one of television’s top cooking shows. More information on Cook’s Country is available online now along with all of the show’s latest news and more at:

Website: http://www.cookscountry.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CooksCountry

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2017 World Series Box Set Hits It Out Of The Park On Phil’s Picks’ 2017 Top 10 New Family Box Sets List

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Family programming.  What does one think of when one hears the term?  One probably thinks of stuff that appeals more to kids than it does grown-ups, right?  I.E. cartoons and other programming aimed at younger viewers.  The reality of family programming is that it can include programs that grown-ups can watch with their younger counterparts, whether it is something new or perhaps even something older such as the classic television shows that today’s grown-ups watched when they were children.

Keeping all of this in mind, one might ask what does that have to do with anything.  It is important to note in setting up Phil’s Picks 2017 Top 10 New Family DVD/BD Box Sets.  This year’s list features titles that will appeal to children and grown-ups alike.  Some of the material might even appeal to both audiences at the same time (E.g. Cook’s Kitchen Season 10 and America’s Test KitchenSeason 17).  Both titles are included in this list alongside the ninth season of Nickelodeon’s Spongebob Squarepants and even the 2017 World Series Collector’s Edition, which the whole family can watch together.  For those families who already enjoy baseball, it’s a great watch.  For those parents perhaps hoping to connect with their children over a common interest, it’s just as critical.  Add in everything in its presentation, and it proves an important release all the way around.

Also included in this year’s list are new Peanuts collections from Warner Home Video as well as the “new” Real Ghosbuters DVD set, which was released this past October.  It features “over 100 episodes” of the series.  That still is not the entire series, but it is more cost efficient than buying each of the standalone collections separately.  Originally aired in France, the programs included in those box sets definitely stand out from their American counterparts, but could still be entertaining for the whole family.  For older youths, this list also features recent releases from Saban’s Power Rangers universe.  Even Green AcresThe Complete Series has been pulled over as it might not wholly appeal to younger viewers, its content is appropriate for the whole family.  It is a family friendly sitcom — something that is sadly missing from television today.

Between the titles noted here and the others that make up the rest of this list, audiences will see that there is plenty out there for the whole family — just as much as there is solely for grown-ups.  As with every previous list, this list features this critic’s Top 10 new Family DVD/BD Box Sets alongside five additional titles for a total of 15 titles.  Without any further ado, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks 2017 Top 10 new Family DVD/BD Box Sets.

PHIL’S PICKS 2017 TOP 10 NEW FAMILY DVD/BD BOX SETS

  1. 2017 World Series Collector’s EditionHouston Astros
  2. Green AcresThe Complete Series
  3. C.O.P.S.The Animated Series
  4. Cook’s CountrySeason 10
  5. America’s Test KitchenSeason 17
  6. Spongebob SquarepantsThe Complete Ninth Season
  7. Sports DetectivesSeason 1
  8. PeanutsSnoopy Tales
  9. PeanutsGo Team Go
  10. PeanutsSchool Daze
  11. Power Rangers SPDThe Complete Series
  12. Power Rangers Mystic ForceThe Complete Series
  13. Power Rangers Jungle FuryThe Complete Series
  14. The Secret World of Alex MackThe Complete Series
  15. The Real GhostbustersVol. 1 – 10

That’s it for this list.  Now we’ve got the top new box sets for grown-ups and for families.  Again, some of the grown-up sets are just as viable as family entertainment as they are for grown-up audiences.  That is a testament to the ability of their content to reach a wide range of viewers.

While this list is now done, there’s still work to be done.  There is still a list of the year’s top new Children’s DVDs as well as potentially the year’s top new independent movies, theatrical releases and overall movies to wind down the year.  It can’t all be guaranteed before the year ends tomorrow, but this critic will try nonetheless.  So stay tuned!

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‘Cook’s Country: Season 10’ Is Available Now

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The holiday season is here, and with it the cold weather. That means lots of kitchens and homes will be warming up. Those looking for some new dishes to try this holiday season are getting a hand courtesy of PBS and Public Media Distribution in the form of the 10th season of its hit series Cook’s Country.

Cook’s Country: Season 10 was released just this week. It offers plenty of sweet and savory recipes for weeknights and the weekend including plenty of pork dishes, stove top ideas and even some more southern and Italian offerings. Season 10’s full episode-listing is noted below.

The dishes dished out this season are collectively only one key part of its presentation. Once again, all 31 featured recipes are included in printable form for those home cookbooks. the familiar equipment and food testing segments are also included in whole throughout the season.

Cook’s Country: Season 10 is available now exclusively on DVD. It is retailing for MSRP of $29.99, but can be ordered at a reduced price of $24.99 via PBS’ online store. More information on this and previous seasons of Cook’s Country is available online now at:

Website: http://www.cookscountry.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CooksCountry

Twitter: http://twitter.com/TestKitchen

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Cooks Of Every Skill Level Will Enjoy The Ninth Season Of ‘Cook’s Country’

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Courtesy: PBS/Public Media Distribution

This past November, Public Media Distribution released the ninth season of PBS’ hit cooking series Cook’s Country on a two-disc DVD set.  Much like every season before, the series’ ninth season is loaded with lots of tasty dishes for every night of the week and for every season that cooks of every level can make.  That is the most important piece of the program’s presentation. While the dishes featured in this season of Cook’s Country do plenty to make it an enjoyable watch, it does suffer from at least one negative, that being one of its listed episodes is in fact missing from its presentation.  This is, again, despite being listed on the box.  It must be addressed.  Even as much as a problem as that one missing episode poses to Season 9’s overall presentation, it is the season’s only downside in its recently released DVD set.  On the positive side audiences once again get to print out the recipe for every dish displayed in this season.  That includes the chocolate truffles despite the episode missing from the set.  Cook’s Country Season 9 clearly isn’t perfect. Even with its one clear con, this season of Cook’s Country is still another enjoyable course in the bigger meal that is Cook’s Country.  It will leave audiences hungry for many more courses to come.

Cook’s Country Season 9 is not a perfect installment of the long-running hit PBS culinary series.  Even despite being another perfectly appetizing offering from the long-running series, it is still another enjoyable course in the bigger meal that is Cook’s Country.  That is due in no small part to the dishes that are presented over the course of the season.  The dishes that are featured throughout this season are culinary delights that cooks of any level can make.  Grilled Sugar Steak, Husk Grilled Corn and Breakfast Pizza are items that any everyday cook can make any day or night of the week.  More “seasoned” chefs will enjoy cooking up Prime Rib and Potatoes with Red Wine-Orange Sauce, French Coconut Pie and Cedar-Planed Salmon with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce.

That the series would once again offer audiences such a broad swath of recipes is nothing new this season.  To that end, it is its own positive.  It is just one part of what makes this season’s offerings so important.  Just as important to note of the featured recipes is their broad cultural reach and their seasonal reach.  From Italian (Zeppoles, Pasta with Mushroom Sauce) to Latin (Chicken Chilaquiles) to Cajun (New Orleans Muffulettas) to Southern cuisine (Tennessee Pulled Pork) and beyond, this season offers tastes from a number of cultural sources, and some educational content that will keep viewers just as easily keep audiences engaged.  Add in the fact that these recipes are not specific to just spring, summer, fall or winter and audiences see even more why the dishes featured this season are so important to the season’s overall presentation.  When this information is set alongside the fact that the dishes can be made for cooks of every level, it shows with full clarity why the dishes are themselves so important to the overall presentation of Cook’s Country Season 9.

The dishes that make up the body of Cook’s Country Season 9 form the foundation of the season’s presentation.  They are so important because they will appeal to cooks of all abilities.  They also once again represent a broad swath of cultural backgrounds and are perfect for every season.  While the dishes featured in this season prove to be so integral to the season’s presentation, they do present at least one problem.  That problem lays in the fact that at least one episode is oddly missing from this season.  The episode in question is that of the Chocolate Truffles.  The episode, included in the set’s “Sweet Indulgences” segment is noted in the set’s episode listing.  However, in watching Season 9, audiences will find that this segment is missing from the episode selection.  The segment’s Milk Chocolate Cheesecake and Swiss Hazelnut Cake segments are both there.  But the Chocolate Truffles segment is missing.  Whether that was just an error on the part of PBS and Public Media Distribution or something totally intentional is anyone’s guess.  One must hope the omission of even one episode was unintentional.  It seems trivial to even make note of the omission, true.  But if a certain number of episodes is listed, one is going to expect to see every episode.  To that end, even that one omission takes away from the overall viewing experience in this season.  It’s not enough to completely negate the season’s positives, but it is still a con that must be noted, regardless.

The omission of the Chocolate Truffles episode in this season is a con that cannot be ignored.  That is because while it doesn’t ruin the season’s overall presentation, it does still detract from the season’s presentation.  Noting again that it doesn’t totally ruin the season’s presentation, that means there is still at least one more positive to note in examining the season’s presentation.  That positive is the availability of the season’s dishes for print.  Once again, Public Media Distribution and PBS have made it easy for audiences to print out the recipes for every single dish featured this time out.  Even though the Chocolate Truffles episode is strangely absent from the viewing experience, it is still there for print.  That means audiences can add to their own cookbooks even more delectable dishes from one of television’s culinary series.  It means being able to make any or all of the dishes at one’s own time, (hopefully) stress-free.  It rounds out the season’s most important elements.  When it is set alongside the season’s wide-reaching recipes, both elements more than make up for the season’s one single con.  They make Cook’s Country Season 9 yet another enjoyable course in the bigger meal that is Cook’s Country that will leave audiences hungry for many more seasons of the series.

The ninth season of PBS’ hit culinary series Cook’s County is yet another delectable entry from the hit kitchen-based series.  The dishes featured throughout the season are items that cooks of every skill level can make.  They also reach across so many different cultures.  The educational content that comes with each dish adds even more depth to each episode.  The fact that audiences can once again print out each dish’s recipe (including that of the missing chocolate truffles episode) adds even more enjoyment to this season.  Both elements are important in their own way to the ninth season of Cook’s Country.  Altogether, they make up for the fact that at least one of the season’s episodes is missing despite it being listed on the season’s box.  All things considered, Cook’s Country Season 9 will appease every foodie’s appetite in every way.  It is available now and can be ordered direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other seasons of Cook’s Country is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.cookscountry.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CooksCountry

Twitter: http://twitter.com/testkitchen

 

 

 

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PBS Announces Release Date For ‘Cook’s Country: Season 9’

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Courtesy: PBS Distribution/PBS

It’s time to warm up those ovens again, folks.  Next Tuesday, PBS Distribution will release another season of PBS’ hit series Cook’s Country.

Cook’s Country: Season 9 will be released November 15th.  It features 31 more mouth-watering dishes for audiences of every taste including shrimp and grits, chicken chilaquiles, Tennesee pulled pork sandwiches and much more.  There are also plenty of product tests included once again including tests of pizza cutters, cake stands and even drying racks among so much other kitchen equipment.

If the tasty dishes and equipment tests aren’t enough for audiences, Season 9 also offers all 31 of those dishes as bonus printable material.  That means that once again audiences can try the dishes that are made in the hit cooking series themselves in their own kitchens.

Cook’s Country: Season 9 runs 390 minutes and is spread across 2 discs.  It will retail for MSRP of $29.99, but can be pre-ordered now at a reduced price of $24.99 via PBS’ online store.  Audiences can take a sneak peek at Season 9 online now here.

More information on the ninth season of Cook’s Country is available online now along with all of the series’ latest news and more at:

Website: http://www.cookscountry.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CooksCountry

Twitter: http://twitter.com/testkitchen

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Cook’s Country: Season 8 Is Another Delectable Dish Of A Season For Foodies And Cooks Alike

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Courtesy: PBS/PBS Distribution

Late last year American’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country host Christopher Kimball abruptly left the long-running cooking shows after contract talks apparently broke down.  Kimball’s departure came as quite a shock to the shows’ loyal fan bases.  His departure from the shows left both of their fates in limbo.  And now news has come out that the wait for new episodes won’t end anytime soon.  As a matter of fact, it looks like fans of the hit cooking shows will have to wait until sometime in 2017 to find out what the next step will be for both programs.  Though, word has it that the shows’ new host (or potentially hosts god forbid) will be announced soon.  Regardless, audiences will have a long wait before they see the outcome of those decisions as new episodes won’t air until at least some time in 2017.   Thankfully PBS and PBS Distribution have given fans something to be happy about while they wait.  PBS and PBS Distribution released the eighth season of Cook’s Country late last year not long after Kimball announced his departure from the series.  Being that whole seasons are recorded at a time, one can only hope that Season 8 won’t be the last with Kimball at the helm and that at least a ninth season will be released with everyone’s favorite celebrity cook.  Even if it is, then it can be said of Season 8 that it is yet another delectable dish of a season for cooks of all kinds.  This is proven primarily through its primary cooking segments.  Once again, the dishes and Kimball’s cooks are the real stars, not Kimball.  He remains more the emcee of sorts.  The educational content that has made them so enjoyable is there, too.  It’s just the tip of the iceberg that makes this season so enjoyable for audiences.  The taste tests and product test segments that are tied into each episode are just as important to the season’s presentation as the show’s main cooking segments.  That is because they present their own serious, educational content as the cooking segments once again.  The overall structure of each episode rounds out the season’s most important elements.  This includes the transitions between the segments.  Whether it is for the cooking segments, the taste tests, or even for the product testing segments, all three segments play their own important part in the whole of Cook’s Country: Season 8.  Altogether, they make for one more season of Cook’s Country that any seasoned foodie or freshman cook will enjoy.

The eighth season of PBS’ hit cooking series  Cook’s Country is yet another season that both the most *ahem* seasoned (bad pun fully intended) cook and even the most novice will enjoy.  The main reason for this is the same reason that the series has been so successful over the course of its past seven seasons—its central cooking segments.  Just as with the series’ previous seasons Kimball maintains more of an emcee position in the show than the center.  That is something that he had done throughout the course of the show’s previous seven seasons.  He allowed his fellow cooks and their featured dishes to be the stars of the show, stepping in only to present the show’s educational content before and during each segment.  In regards to that content, audiences will once again be just as impressed with that aspect.  Audiences learn in the episode featuring Latin Fried Chicken that allegedly the practice of deep-frying food actually started in Africa.  And in learning how to make Dakota Peach Kuchen (koo-ken), which is essentially a special kind of coffee cake (that looks really tasty by the way) that it originated in Europe.  There is also an interesting revelation about Chow Mein in the season finale episode that most frozen and restaurant-made Chow Mein is not genuine Chow Mein.  Even this critic was amazed to learn a very important aspect of making home-made sweet potato pie in this season.  It turns out that home-made sweet potato pie will have a little bit of “jiggle” in the middle when it is done.  That just means that it is time to let it set once it’s done cooking.  It’s good to know that for the next time this critic (or anyone else out there) sets out to make their own home-made sweet potato pie.  It’s just one more way in which the educational content presented through this season makes it yet another mouth-watering must have for cooks of all kinds.  Of course it is just one part of the cooking segments that make them so enjoyable.  The dishes themselves should not be ignored in their own importance.

The educational content presented within each of Season 8’s episodes is in itself more than enough reason for audiences to watch this season now that it’s available on DVD.  Its inclusion is just one part of what has made the series such a hit over the course of its past seven seasons and has set it so clearly apart from the forgettable fare offered on Food Network and other channels.  The dishes themselves are just as important as the educational content that is presented along with each dish.  Being that spring and summer are just around the corner, this season offers lots of dishes that are perfect for anyone anxious to light up those grills.  They include but are not limited to: Smoked Bourbon Chicken, Barbecue Burnt Ends, Grilled Salmon Steaks with Lemon-Caper Sauce, and Grill Roasted Peppers.  For those busy families, the Chicken Chow Mein is a quick, easy weeknight dish and is worlds better than that frozen stuff or the restaurant-made stuff.  For those relaxing weekend mornings, the Dakota Peach Kuchen is a great dish alongside a cup of coffee.  And as the weather warms up there are going to be plenty of church luncheons and other get-togethers.  For those events, the Smoky Potato Salad is a nice twist on a classic side dish.  The Muffin Tin doughnuts are a great treat for any family with kids in the house especially on those weekend mornings.  Whether one picks that recipe or any of the others featured throughout this season of Cook’s Country it can be said of this season that it presents plenty of dishes for every night of the week and for cooks of any kind for that matter.  Together with the educational content presented in each episode, it can be said that the noted content and the dishes themselves combine to make Cook’s Country: Season 8 yet another delectable dish of a season for cooks of all kinds.

The dishes that are presented throughout the eighth season of Cook’s Country are in themselves more than enough reason for foodies and cooks alike to order this season.  That is thanks to the presentation of the dishes themselves and the educational content that comes along with each dish.  Of course it should be noted that also as with the series’ previous seasons each of the presented dishes each comes with its own printable recipe as a bonus for audiences.  Of course all of that aside, it is not the only reason that this season of Cook’s Country is so enjoyable.  The taste test segments and product testing segments are just as important to this season as the primary cooking segments.  Audiences will be pleased to see that the taste test segments feature both familiar products and some with which they might not be so familiar throughout the season.  The more familiar products include but are not limited to: Frozen pizza, store-bought lemonade, and grapefruit juice just to name a few.  And that is just in the season’s first disc.  Disc Two features taste tests of frozen dinner rolls, corn tortillas, and even something as simple as bread crumbs (croutons).  The less familiar items tested include peach jam and green salsa.  Audiences that watch these segments might find themselves at which products prove to be the winners and losers.  One of the biggest surprises was the winner in the test of different grapefruit juices.  And the process used to test the corn tortillas was interesting.  They apparently didn’t just taste the tortillas.  It is noted that the tortillas were used with enchiladas as part of the taste test here.  Again the ultimate winner is interesting in its own right especially when comparing it to the other featured products in said test.  There is just as much surprise in the tests for the frozen pizza and store-bought lemonade.  Regardless of which segments audiences themselves pick as the season’s best it can be said of each segment that there is something, again, for everybody.  They aren’t just some snooty foodie taste tests.  They are tests of products with which most audiences are familiar.  Just as with the featured dishes they serve to make this season that much more relatable to viewers and in turn that much more enjoyable.

The taste test segments that are incorporated into this season of Cook’s Country are wonderful seasoning (yes, another intentional and horrible pun) for this standout series.  As much as they do to once again enhance the series it would be unfair to not note the equipment tests that are included throughout the season.  There is a test of various slow cookers, which results in quite the eye-opening revelation for anyone that is a fan of this cooking method.  For all the grillers there is a test of different spatulas that will interest those cooks.  There is even a test of various dish detergents that yields its own interesting results.  The manner in which the detergents were tested is just as interesting as the results.  These are just some of the products that are presented this season.  There are also tests of tortilla holders, and fittingly single-serve coffee makers.  Audiences will laugh as Kimball reveals that even despite America’s infatuation with these products he still prefers drip coffee versus the more high-priced stuff.  No surprise that Keurig was the winner with its Cuisinart single-serve coffee maker.  It is not exactly the cheapest price wise.  But it won largely on its water reservoir.  Getting back on track, the equipment that is tested this season and the products tasted add even more flavor (yes, that terrible pun was intended, too) to the season’s run.  Together with the featured dishes all three elements make the eighth season of Cook’s Country even more mouth-watering for foodies and cooks alike.  They still are not the only remaining elements that are worth noting in examining this season of Cook’s Country.  The overall presentation of each episode is just as important as the previously noted elements.

The dishes that are featured throughout the eighth season of Cook’s Country are in themselves plenty of reason for fans of this long-running series to purchase this season.  The product and equipment tests that are included in each episode partner with the cooking segments to make each segment enjoyable in its own right.  While all three elements go a long way toward making Season 8 enjoyable they are not the season’s only notable elements.  The overall presentation of each episode rounds out Season 8’s presentation.  Once again each episode is expertly segmented.  The transitions that are used to note time passage in cooking times are smooth and gentle versus the rather abrupt transitions used by so many other cooking shows.  They also present beautiful countryside scenes to boot.  The transitions between the main cooking segments and testing segments are just as smooth.  Sometimes Kimball makes a direct note of the transitions while in other moments the transitions are not as direct.  Even in the less direct transitions those behind the cameras made sure to make them as fluid as possible thus maintaining viewers’ engagement.  Those transitions from one segment to the next and back makes the overall presentation of each episode solid, ensuring that audiences will be left wanting more, their mouths watering by each episode’s finale.  That is the proverbial cherry on top of this delectable dish of a season from Cook’s Country.  It rounds out the season’s presentation and together shows once more why Cook’s Country: Season 8 is a must have for any foodie and even for cooks of all kinds.

Cook’s Country: Season 8 presents plenty of reason for foodies and cooks alike to purchase this collection of episodes.  Its primary cooking segments are accessible for cooks of all kinds.  It isn’t one of those elitist style shows that are all too commonplace on other networks.  It also presents educational content that makes each cooking segment all the more interesting and accessible for audiences.  The taste test and equipment tests are just as important because they present equipment, foods, and drinks with which average audiences are familiar.  The overall presentation of each episode within Season 8 rounds out the season’s presentation.  That is because the transitions within the segments ensure viewers will remain engaged from beginning to end.  Though, the dishes and tests that are included do plenty to do that.  Each element is important in its own right to the season’s presentation.  Altogether they make Season 8 yet another delectable dish of a season for foodies and cooks of all kinds.  Cook’s Country: Season 8 is available now on DVD.  It can be ordered direct via PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=71368656&cp=&sr=1&kw=cooks+country&origkw=Cook%27s+Country&parentPage=search.  More information on this and other seasons of Cook’s Country is available online along with information on Cook’s Country magazine at:

 

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PBS To Warm Things Up This Fall With Cook’s Country Season Eight

Courtesy: PBS/PBS Distribution

Courtesy: PBS/PBS Distribution

PBS and PBS Distribution announced a new recipe for enjoyment this week.

Officials with PBS and PBS Distribution announced this week the upcoming release of Cook’s Country: Season Eight. Cook’s Country: Season Eight will be released on Tuesday, November 10th. It will be released exclusively on DVD. Season Eight is composed of thirteen episodes spread across two discs. They are accompanied by a bonus “Cooking Class” segment and printable recipes for each of the twenty-six dishes featured across the season’s thirteen episodes. The complete episode listing for Cook’s Country: Season Eight is noted below.

Recipes include…

American Classics with a Twist
Frosted Meatloaf
Apple Pie with Cheddar Cheese Crust

Muffins and Doughnuts Get a Makeover
Muffin Tin Doughnuts
Whole-Wheat Blueberry Muffins

A Hearty Fall Dinner
Skillet Roast Chicken and Potatoes
Brussels Sprout Salad

Cooking Class: Secret Ingredient Biscuits

Grilled and Smoked
Barbecued Burnt Ends
Smoky Potato Salad

Pasta for Every Palate
Pork Ragu
Pasta with Roasted Garlic Sauce, Arugula, and Walnuts

Fried Chicken and Grilled Peppers
Latin Fried Chicken
Grill-Roasted Peppers

All-American Sweet Dough Desserts

Dakota Peach Kuchen
Kolache

Break Out the Bourbon
Smoked Bourbon Chicken
Sweet Potato Pie

Southern Comfort
Delta Hot Tamales
Charleston Shrimp Perloo

Simplified Showstoppers
One-Pan Prime Rib and Roasted Vegetables
Blitz Torte

Grilled Salmon and Stuffed Tomatoes
Grilled Salmon Steaks with Lemon-Caper Sauce
Stuffed Tomatoes

Bringing Home Tex-Mex Favorites
Tex-Mex Cheese Enchiladas
Huevos Rancheros

Chinese Comes Home
Chicken Chow Mein
Slow-Cooker Chinese Barbecued Pork

This DVD features subtitles in English

Cook’s Country: Season Eight will be released on Tuesday, November 10th on DVD. It will retail for MSRP of $29.99 and can be ordered online via PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=71368656&cp=&sr=1&kw=cooks+country&origkw=cook%27s+country&parentPage=search. More information on Cook’s Country: Season Eight is available online along with all of the latest Cook’s Country news at:

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Cook’s Country Season 7 Another Great Fit For Any Foodie And Lover Of The Culinary Arts

Courtesy:  PBS

Courtesy: PBS

PBS will release the seventh season of its fan favorite cooking series Cook’s Country tomorrow.  The series’ seventh season is another delectable treat for any foodies and lovers of the culinary arts out there.  Much like its “sister series” America’s Test Kitchen, the central aspect of this season’s success is that it continues to make the food the star instead of the hosts.  And also just as with that series, it also offers the same content as that series, proving once more that cooking is a science rather than just standing over a hot stove.  Rounding out this latest release’s success is the fact that every one of the dishes features throughout the season are also presented with their own printable recipes.  Each of the factors noted by themselves play their own important part in the enjoyment of Cook’s Country: Season 7.  Collectively, all three factors make this latest collection of episodes one more delectable season of one of television’s top two cooking series.  The other top candidate:  That’s right.  It’s America’s Test Kitchen.

Cook’s Country and America’s Test Kitchen are the top two cooking series on television today.  That is merely the opinion of this critic.  It is not a statement by the numbers.  Though, it would be interesting to see the numbers for both of these hit PBS series.  Getting back on topic, one of the reasons that Cook’s Country—much like its “sister series”—has remained so popular among audiences now seven seasons in is that it makes the food the star, not the hosts.  Far too many of the cooking shows on the likes of Food Network, Travel Channel, Fox, and Cooking Channel make the people the stars.  A cooking show shouldn’t be about the people.  It should be about the food.  Thank goodness this series has stuck to that constant now seven seasons in.  And the food is definitely mouth-watering to say the least.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all featured here.  From the rise and shine “Impossible” Ham-and-cheese pie to the Grilled Cowboy-Cut rib eyes and Grilled Caesar Salad for lunch to the Slow-Cooker Baked Ziti for lunch, there are plenty of tantalizing dishes for audiences of all tastes.  There are even some great desert recipes in the form of the Strawberry Pretzel Salad, Italian Cream Cake, and Summer Berry Pudding.  There are plenty of other recipes from which audiences will find their favorite(s).  Regardless of which recipe(s) audiences pick, the vast selection and styles show the respect that the series’ hosts and heads have for food and its role in the world.  It’s just one way in which this season continues the long-held tradition of Cook’s Country to make the food the star of the show.  And that continued tradition is just one part of why audiences will appreciate the series’ seventh season in its DVD release.

The long-held tradition of making the food the star rather than the hosts is a big part of what has made Cook’s Country and its “sister series” hits among audiences for so many years.  Just as important to the enjoyment of Cook’s Country: Season Seven is the focus on food’s history and its educational importance.  This is another long-held tradition that has made Cook’s Country just as much of a hit as ATK.  Audiences learn how different ingredients and chemicals interact with one another in each episode.  They also learn little tidbits along the way that make this season just as interesting as the series’ previous seasons.  One example of those tidbits is the importance of using room temperature milk versus cold milk in making homemade cinnamon buns.  There’s even some history tossed in throughout various episodes.  One of the more interesting pieces of history that audiences will learn is that the New Orleans Barbecue Shrimp actually uses no barbecue sauce at all.  It in fact uses spices and butter among other elements.  Host Christopher Kimball and his co-cook in that episode explain where the misleading name came from.  It’s a pretty interesting little lesson.  And it’s just one more example of why the educational content of Cook’s Country: Season 7 makes this season another wonderful collection for any foodie and lover of the culinary arts.

The combination of educational content and focus on food rather than people makes Cook’s Country: Season 7 well worth the watch by any foodie and lover of the culinary arts.  As enjoyable as the pair makes this season’s episodes, there is still one aspect of this box set worth noting that makes it enjoyable.  That final factor is the inclusion of a full set of printable recipes.   Every dish presented in this double-disc set is accompanied by its own printable recipe in .pdf format.  So all a person needs to print them out is Adboe Reader.  This is important to note in that audiences don’t get this with ATK‘s home releases.  There are some recipes in its home releases.  But they rarely include every recipe for audiences to try themselves.  Cook’s Country: Season 7 is the exact opposite.  Audiences can print out any of the recipes or all of them and start up their very own cookbook (or expand said cookbook).  That way, audiences can try out any of the recipes from this season for themselves whenever they want.  This aspect together with the show’s continued educational content, and its focus on food rather than people, makes Cook’s Country: Season 7 whole.  It makes this set another great addition to the home library of any foodie and lover of the culinary arts.

Cook’s Country: Season 7 is available now on two-disc DVD bo set.  It can be ordered direct from PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=46781986&cp=&sr=1&kw=cooks+country+season+7&origkw=Cook%27s+Country+Season+7&parentPage=search.  More information on this and other seasons of Cook’s Country is available online at:

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