Watching What We Eat: The Evolution of Television Cooking Shows

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Bloomsbury Academic, May 1, 2009 - Performing Arts - 240 pages
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Review: Watching What We Eat: The Evolution of Television Cooking Shows

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A basic history of cooking shows from the 40's to today's Food Network. Everything is covered from Betty Crocker to Julia Child, to Graham Kerr and of course the many celebrities of today. A nice ... Read full review

Review: Watching What We Eat: The Evolution of Television Cooking Shows

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This book got a little long-winded and too at some points but for anyone who has also been a life-long cooking show addict, it is a good read. I frequently found myself smiling and ... Read full review


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Kathleen Collins is an experienced author and researcher who has studied and written about television, media history, popular culture and food. Her work has appeared in the magazines Working Woman and Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture and in the anthology Secrets &Confidences: The Complicated Truth About Women's Friendships (Seal Press: 2004). She has also written encyclopedia entries on a variety of media history topics. She has a Master's degree in journalism with a specialization in cultural reporting and criticism from New York University and a Master's degree in library science from Long Island University. For the past ten years, she has worked as an editorial researcher for a variety of publications including Glamour and Ladies' Home Journal. She is now a librarian and lives in Manhattan.

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