Watching What We Eat

Watching What We Eat: The Evolution of Television Cooking Shows

by Kathleen Collins

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. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Continuum, 2009
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  • ISBN:
    978-1-5013-3613-3 (online)

    978-0-8264-2930-8 (hardback)

    978-1-4411-0319-2 (paperback)
  • Edition:
    First edition
  • Place of Publication:
    New York
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Watching What We Eat
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“"Collins, a college librarian with a lifelong love of cooking shows, gives a decade-by-decade breakdown of the evolution of TV cooking as a dead-accurate social barometer. From providing helpful hints for homemakers in the 1950’s, catering to the lavish lifestyles and culinary excess of the 80’s and satisfying the celeb-hungry, reality-crazed audience of the new millennium, Collins examines how far cooking programs have gone to adapt their content, style and character to both suit and define various moments in the 20th century. Her thorough research is spiced with anecdotes and personal testimonials from chefs, historians and foodies about the world of TV cooking and the eccentric personalities that populate it." - TIME Magazine” –