Great Food Shows on PBS
Two great new food shows are coming to PBS locally on WKNO in May that you have to watch!
Coming this month to WKNO in Memphis are two great food shows that we have been anticipating watching. While totally different in subject matter, the shows will appeal to anyone with an interest in the people and the things that make up our world of food, both locally and worldwide.
Food – Delicious Science
Beginning on May 17th and continuing on May 24th and 31st
Food - Delicious Science is the scientific story of the food on your plate. Michael Mosley and James Wong present a celebration of the physics, chemistry and biology that lies hidden inside every bite. Together they travel the world and take over the UK’s leading food lab as they deconstruct our favourite meals, taking us inside the food, right down to the molecular level.
In the first episode, explore the effect of “Food on the Brain.” The brain is one of the greediest organs in the body in terms of the energy it needs to run. The way it influences our diet is, in the main, by generating the cravings we all experience.
The second episode, “A Matter of Taste,” explores how the marriage between chemistry and biology is the root of all the sensations, tastes and flavours that we enjoy in our food beginning by deconstructing a Thai meal. Its effect on the tongue can be reduced down to just five tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter and the less well-known umami.
In the final episode, “We Are What We Eat,” learn how the chemicals in our food feed and build our bodies. The world is full of different cuisines and thousands of different meals. Yet when they’re reduced to their essence, there are actually just a handful of ingredients that our bodies absolutely need from our food to survive. These essential molecules come in a series of familiar sounding groups – carbohydrates, fat, protein, vitamins and minerals – and we will discover plenty of surprises as we start to understand exactly why each class of molecule is so important for the way our bodies work.
(Descriptions from PBS)
American Masters: James Beard, America's Foodie
Airing on May 19th
Experience a century of American food through the life story of James Beard. Beard was a chmpion of American food, localism and sustainability long before there was ever a farm-to-table restaurant or edible publication on the horizon. He has been long considered the master of the American cookbook, food journalism and the founder of what is now a billion dollar food television industry. From his modest beginnings to his larger-than-life lifestyle in New York, Beard led the way for much of what makes up the culinary landscape today and into the future. Receiving a Beard Foundation Nomination or Award and cooking at the Beard House are two "high-water marks" in any culinary professional's or food journalist's career. Our Edible Communitites Publications (the whole large group of us Edible Publishers across the country) won a Beard Award in 2011 as Food Publication of the Year.
These are two great shows that anyone with an interest in food should take time and watch. You should also take a moment to consider supporting public television and WKNO if you can, even just as a way of saying thank you for these two shows.