It was arguably the most influential medium of the 20th century, but television sure doesn't get a lot of respect from most people, much less serious scholar types. And among TV shows, food shows have long been relegated to the back of people's minds along with extended commercials for tomato sauce and having to spend time with your fusty grandmother canning beets.
But food shows are finally getting notice, and author Kathleen Collins has made their place in television history official by writing a fun and informative book about how they got to this point, in "Watching What We Eat: The Evolution of Television Cooking Shows."
What show today strikes the right balance between having personality and being useful?
What could today's shows learn from those food programs of yesteryear?
Which modern food-show personality would you like to see Julia Child take on in the boxing ring, and who would win?
Find out how Kathleen Collins answered these puzzlers in our Q&A with her.Read More »from Watching What We Eat: A History of TV Food Shows