The Everyday Gourmet: The Joy of Mediterranean Cooking

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  • 2014
  • 1 Season

The Everyday Gourmet: The Joy of Mediterranean Cooking is a cooking series that explores the culinary traditions of the Mediterranean. Hosted by Chef Bill Briwa of the Culinary Institute of America, the series is part of The Great Courses catalogue of educational programming.

Over the course of the series, Chef Briwa delves into the rich history and diverse flavors of Mediterranean cuisine. Each episode focuses on a different region of the Mediterranean, from Italy and Greece to Morocco and Lebanon. Throughout the series, viewers will learn about the unique culinary techniques, ingredients, and cultural influences that have shaped Mediterranean cooking.

One of the standout aspects of The Everyday Gourmet: The Joy of Mediterranean Cooking is Chef Briwa's engaging teaching style. He breaks down the recipes and techniques in a way that is easy to understand, without sacrificing flavor or depth. Viewers will come away from the series with a newfound appreciation for the joys of cooking and the vibrant culinary traditions of the Mediterranean.

The series consists of 24 episodes, each clocking in at around 30 minutes in length. The format of each episode typically involves Chef Briwa demonstrating the preparation of two or three dishes, accompanied by informative commentary about the cultural and historical context of each dish.

Some of the standout recipes covered in the series include classic staples of Mediterranean cuisine like hummus, falafel, and tzatziki. But Chef Briwa also ventures into lesser-known dishes like Moroccan tagine and Turkish stuffed grape leaves, providing viewers with a diverse range of flavors to explore.

In addition to the cooking demonstrations, each episode also includes helpful tips and tricks for aspiring home chefs. From knife skills to ingredient preparation, Chef Briwa provides a wealth of information that will help viewers elevate their cooking game.

Overall, The Everyday Gourmet: The Joy of Mediterranean Cooking is a must-watch for anyone interested in the flavors and cultures of the Mediterranean. Chef Briwa's expert guidance and infectious enthusiasm make the series a joy to watch, while the practical cooking tips and delicious recipes will inspire viewers to get into the kitchen and start cooking.

The Everyday Gourmet: The Joy of Mediterranean Cooking is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (20 episodes). The series first aired on March 3, 2014.

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Seasons
Bringing the Mediterranean Home
16. Bringing the Mediterranean Home
November 14, 2014
Now that you've made your way around the Mediterranean, consider how what you've learned can be applied to make your cooking more satisfying. Discover new ways to incorporate olive oil, particularly at breakfast; revisit the brandade; learn how to feature the flavors of bouillabaisse in a versatile vinaigrette; and more.
Fresh Catch: Seafood of the French Riviera
15. Fresh Catch: Seafood of the French Riviera
November 14, 2014
Make your way to the French Riviera for a lesson on traditional coastal cuisine. Learn how to cook the iconic, elaborate seafood dish known as bouillabaisse and a soup garnish called rouille, in addition to a fresh accompaniment salad that takes its inspiration from the mesclun mixes of days gone by.
Foundations from the South of France
14. Foundations from the South of France
November 14, 2014
What is in herbes de Provence? How do you deal with a fresh artichoke? Find out in this presentation on the cooking of Provence where, unlike the rest of France, olive oil is king. Discover how to prepare a quintessentially Provençal vegetable melange, an olive tapenade, artichokes barigoule, and lamb featuring those famous herbs.
A Favorite Street Food from the East
13. A Favorite Street Food from the East
November 14, 2014
Travel to the Eastern Mediterranean, where you'll encounter simple but delicious street food, including falafel, that has its roots in a nomadic way of life; salads featuring labne, a drained yogurt cheese; and a simple purslane salad rich in omega-3. Also, learn how to make a tabbouleh salad with bulgar wheat.
A Favorite Street Food from the East
13. A Favorite Street Food from the East
November 14, 2014
Travel to the Eastern Mediterranean, where you'll encounter simple but delicious street food, including falafel, that has its roots in a nomadic way of life; salads featuring labne, a drained yogurt cheese; and a simple purslane salad rich in omega-3. Also, learn how to make a tabbouleh salad with bulgar wheat.
Tastes from the Palace Kitchens of Istanbul
12. Tastes from the Palace Kitchens of Istanbul
November 14, 2014
Gain insight into Turkey's culinary influences, then watch as Chef Briwa creates a hot yogurt soup - which uses simple ingredients but a somewhat complex technique - rice-stuffed vegetables, hunkar begendi (a lamb dish whose name means "the sultan's delight"), and a dessert of poached apricots with yogurt and pistachios.
Sharing Abundance: The Cuisine of Greece
11. Sharing Abundance: The Cuisine of Greece
November 14, 2014
See how a typical Sunday dinner in Greece might look, complete with roasted chicken; a horta featuring boiled wild greens, feta, and squash blossoms; and an orzo pasta salad with lentils. But first, learn how to make a simple, five-ingredient soup known as avgolemeno, and a saganaki using Kefalotyri, a unique, non-melting cheese.
Health and Wellness - A Mediterranean Diet
10. Health and Wellness - A Mediterranean Diet
November 14, 2014
Here, Chef Briwa demonstrates dishes that underscore the health benefits of Mediterranean cooking, including fava with tomato-braised capers, a North African salmon tagine, Greek salad over barley rusks, and a date and orange salad that can be enjoyed as mezze or dessert. Get a tutorial on making preserved lemons, which are substituted for vinegar in cultures that forbid alcohol.
Health and Wellness - A Mediterranean Diet
10. Health and Wellness - A Mediterranean Diet
November 14, 2014
Here, Chef Briwa demonstrates dishes that underscore the health benefits of Mediterranean cooking, including fava with tomato-braised capers, a North African salmon tagine, Greek salad over barley rusks, and a date and orange salad that can be enjoyed as mezze or dessert. Get a tutorial on making preserved lemons, which are substituted for vinegar in cultures that forbid alcohol.
Technique and Polish: Mastering Moroccan Food
9. Technique and Polish: Mastering Moroccan Food
November 14, 2014
While the cuisines of Morocco and Tunisia share much in common, such as using sweet spices, their differences can be striking. See how they vary, then turn your attention to making a complete Moroccan meal featuring mezze, an elaborate seven-vegetable couscous, and bisteeya, a savory pastry made with chicken.
Tunisia - The Home of Harissa
8. Tunisia - The Home of Harissa
November 14, 2014
Continue to Tunisia on the North African coast for another small-plate tradition, known as mezze. After Chef Briwa demonstrates three such starters, watch as he prepares brik, a savory harissa-spiced pastry; a Tunisian tagine; and a chakchouka featuring merguez sausage - a food, along with preserved lemon, that reflects the country's Muslim faith.
A Spanish Tradition: Tapas and Sherry
7. A Spanish Tradition: Tapas and Sherry
November 14, 2014
A small dish tradition exists all around the Mediterranean. Among the most well known is Spain's tapas, which you'll explore here starting with bartender's chorizo, a dish served flaming in an asador. Take a detailed look at sherry, which is central to tapas culture, and learn how to make other simple small plates.
Paella: The Landscape of Spain in a Pan
6. Paella: The Landscape of Spain in a Pan
November 14, 2014
If all the tastes of Spain could be captured in a single dish, it would be paella. Learn the subtleties of cooking this national dish, which can be made with a variety of meats and vegetables. Complete the meal with a marinated olive appetizer that pairs perfectly with sherry and a roasted salad called an escalivada.
Paella: The Landscape of Spain in a Pan
6. Paella: The Landscape of Spain in a Pan
November 14, 2014
If all the tastes of Spain could be captured in a single dish, it would be paella. Learn the subtleties of cooking this national dish, which can be made with a variety of meats and vegetables. Complete the meal with a marinated olive appetizer that pairs perfectly with sherry and a roasted salad called an escalivada.
The Everyday Joys of Olive Oil
5. The Everyday Joys of Olive Oil
November 14, 2014
Olive oil is a defining element of Mediterranean food. In this lecture on the quintessential ingredient, explore its possibilities from the beginning of a meal through the end, with a salt-crusted branzino preparation, a tomato soup, and even a chocolate dessert. Discover how olive oil is made and how its flavor profile evolves.
Bounty from the Sea: Southern Italy
4. Bounty from the Sea: Southern Italy
November 14, 2014
Because Italy extends into the Mediterranean, it has adopted many culinary ideas from other countries. Learn how to make one such dish: an African-inspired caponata with seared tuna rolled in spices. Also, discover how to make authentic Neapolitan pizza with a home oven and finish with a refreshing coffee granita dessert.
Classical Italian Cuisine: Central Italy
3. Classical Italian Cuisine: Central Italy
November 14, 2014
As you move south to the milder weather of central Italy, watch a step-by-step demonstration on making pasta from scratch for a savory pappardelle with ragù Bolognese, along with a salad accompaniment of bitter greens that serves as a digestive, and a simple first course - stracciatelle soup.
Classical Italian Cuisine: Central Italy
3. Classical Italian Cuisine: Central Italy
November 14, 2014
As you move south to the milder weather of central Italy, watch a step-by-step demonstration on making pasta from scratch for a savory pappardelle with ragù Bolognese, along with a salad accompaniment of bitter greens that serves as a digestive, and a simple first course - stracciatelle soup.
Butter and Cheese: Northern Italy
2. Butter and Cheese: Northern Italy
November 14, 2014
Turn your attention to northern Italy, which - with its pastureland and cooler climate - has far more in common with the cuisine of northern Europe than it does with other regions of Italy. Learn to scratch make ricotta gnocchi, vitello tonnato, and tiramisu, plus a quick hors d'oeuvre that makes the most of any leftover ricotta.
1. Tastes of the Mediterranean
1. 1. Tastes of the Mediterranean
March 3, 2014
What is Mediterranean cooking? Start your exploration by learning to cook some of the small dishes that populate menus around the region. Watch as Chef Bill Briwa creates pinchos morunos, or skewered food in the style of the Moors; a brandade of salt cod, which is popular in many Mediterranean countries; and dolmas stuffed with rice. #Better Living
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Where to Watch The Everyday Gourmet: The Joy of Mediterranean Cooking
The Everyday Gourmet: The Joy of Mediterranean Cooking is available for streaming on the The Great Courses website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Everyday Gourmet: The Joy of Mediterranean Cooking on demand at Apple TV Channels and Amazon Prime and Amazon.
  • Premiere Date
    March 3, 2014