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10 Cooking Shows That Changed the Way We Eat

        Entertainment | TV Shows

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'Martha Stewart's Cooking School'
Martha Stewart cooking on the set of NBC's "Today" show in 2013. Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire/Getty Images
Martha Stewart cooking on the set of NBC's "Today" show in 2013. Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire/Getty Images

Martha Stewart's Cooking School is appropriately named. This PBS series is more like a culinary class than a television show. Stewart prepares food in a simple, calm and direct manner that lets viewers concentrate on techniques. The show is more about information than entertainment, unlike some of Stewart's past productions. In addition to making suggestions based on her kitchen experiences, Stewart discusses scientific principles that affect recipes.

The fourth year of the show began in October 2014. It covers everything you need to know, from basic skills to classic techniques. Stewart walks her audience through procedures such as roasting, poaching, braising and blanching. Many are done in real time so viewers get a true sense of how long a process takes. With her straightforward approach, Stewart brings the idea of a cooking show back to the actual cooking.