Cook's Country

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  • 2008
  • 16 Seasons
  • 8.6  (293)

Cook's Country is a cooking show hosted by Christopher Kimball which premiered on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in 2008. The show is produced by the same team that produces America's Test Kitchen, and is a spin-off of the popular cooking show. The premise of Cook's Country is to explore and celebrate the regional food of America. Each episode focuses on a particular type of cuisine, type of dish or ingredient, or a particular region within the United States. The show is set in a rustic farmhouse kitchen in Vermont, and the production features a team of test cooks and experts who conduct rigorous testing, trial and error, and experimentation to develop and perfect recipes inspired by American traditions.

The show features a number of recurring segments, including a "Tasting Lab" where the hosts taste-test and rate various brands of products such as bacon or chocolate, and a "Cooking Class" where the hosts demonstrate a particular technique, such as how to deep fry chicken or how to make biscuits from scratch. Another popular segment is the "Crowd-Pleasing Classics" where the hosts showcase recipes for popular American dishes such as macaroni and cheese, meatloaf, or pot roast.

One unique aspect of Cook's Country is the way in which the show explores the stories behind traditional American dishes. The hosts take viewers on a journey through time and place, tracing the origins and evolution of classic dishes and exploring the cultural and historical context in which they were developed. For example, in one episode, the hosts explore the history and variations of clam chowder across America, from the creamy New England-style to the tomato-based Manhattan-style.

The show also places great emphasis on the ingredients used in cooking, and frequently features segments on sourcing, selecting, and properly preparing different types of ingredients. Additionally, the show highlights the use of traditional cooking methods and techniques, such as using cast iron skillets or cooking over an open fire.

Cook's Country features a wide range of recipes, from classic comfort foods to more complex, sophisticated dishes. Some of the most popular recipes on the show include "Foolproof Standing Rib Roast," "Perfect Pot Roast," "Buttermilk Fried Chicken," "Southern-style Biscuits," "Homemade Pizza," and "Chocolate Eclairs."

The show is well-known for its attention to detail and rigorous approach to testing and recipe development. Each recipe is tested repeatedly in the show's test kitchen, with the goal of developing foolproof recipes that are accessible to home cooks of all skill levels. The hosts also make a point of testing each recipe with a variety of equipment, from high-end professional-grade tools to basic kitchen equipment that most home cooks are likely to have.

Overall, Cook's Country is a charming and informative cooking show that is both educational and entertaining. The show's emphasis on American cuisine and tradition, as well as its attention to detail and rigorous testing process, make it a unique and compelling addition to the world of cooking shows. Whether you're a seasoned chef or a beginner cook, Cook's Country offers something for everyone, with its hearty, satisfying recipes and engaging hosts who are passionate about sharing their love of food with viewers.

Cook's Country is a series that is currently running and has 16 seasons (209 episodes). The series first aired on September 6, 2008.

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New Mexican Bounty
11. New Mexican Bounty
November 18, 2023
New Mexican bean and cheese turnovers with green chili; the history of tomato clubs in the U.S.; Southwestern tomato and corn salad.
Jamaican Feast
10. Jamaican Feast
November 11, 2023
Jamaican oxtail; oxtail dishes around the world; countertop compost bins; Jamaican rice and peas.
Biscuits and Chicken
9. Biscuits and Chicken
November 4, 2023
Butter and lard biscuits; the debate between lard and shortening; the benefits of full-sized and mini food processors; mimosa fried chicken.
A Love Letter to the South
8. A Love Letter to the South
October 28, 2023
Pan-fried pork chops with milk gravy; disposable utensils; jarred peppers; the origins of pimento cheese; creamy pimento mac and cheese.
Puerto Rican Classics
7. Puerto Rican Classics
October 21, 2023
Guanimes con bacalao; pina coladas; a visit to Puerto Rico; all about salt cod.
Grilled Lamb and Cheesecake
6. Grilled Lamb and Cheesecake
October 14, 2023
Grilled bone-in leg of lamb with charred scallion sauce; spray mops; La Vina-style cheesecake.
Hawaiian Melting Pot
5. Hawaiian Melting Pot
October 7, 2023
Tuna poke and salmon teriyaki poke; freeze-dried backpacking meals; malasadas.
Sisig and Wings
4. Sisig and Wings
September 30, 2023
Sisig and garlic fried rice; the importance of Knorr's Liquid Seasoning in Filipino cooking; the history of chicken wings as a bar snack; soy sauce chicken wings.
Never Enough Citrus
3. Never Enough Citrus
September 23, 2023
Smoked citrus chicken; the origins of key lime pie; making key lime pie.
Fish Tacos and Fried Shrimp
2. Fish Tacos and Fried Shrimp
September 16, 2023
San Diego fish tacos; tortilla chips; the history of shrimping in America; crispy fried shrimp.
Texas Cooktout
1. Texas Cooktout
September 9, 2023
Texas-style smoked beef ribs; charcoal; the history of self-rising flour; easy blueberry cobbler; a visit to El Paso, Texas.
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Cook's Country is available for streaming on the PBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Cook's Country on demand at Amazon Prime, Apple TV, PBS, Tubi TV and Pluto TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 6, 2008
  • IMDB Rating
    8.6  (293)