Watching What We Eat
Can't get enough of the Food Network? Mesmorized by Top Chef? Eagerly looking forward to the release of Julie and Julia in August?
Then you might be interested in a new media studies book called Watching What We Eat: The Evolution of Television Cooking Shows by Kathleen Collins (King Library PN1992.8 C67 C65 2009). This book provides a history of cooking shows and their impact on our culture. As the introduction explains, "The following pages contain three essential ingredients: food/cooking, television, and consumer culture. The book is about how these ingredients interact, how they affect us, and how we affect them" (9). There is a chapter devoted to Julia Child (chapter 3) and to the Food Network (chapter 6), as well as a chapter on Rachel Ray and Martha Stewart (chapter 8). There are very helpful references and a selected bibliography at the end of the book if you want to learn even more.