30 Minute Meals is a Food Network show hosted by Rachael Ray. Her first of four shows on Food Network, its original run aired from November 17, 2001, until May 5, 2012.[2] The show specializes in convenience cooking for those with little time to cook. The show is recorded live-to-tape, with Ray doing almost all preparation in real time. The show was awarded an Emmy for Best Daytime Service Show in 2006.

30 Minute Meals
30 Minute Meals title card.jpg
Created byMark Dissin
StarringRachael Ray
Theme music composerLionel Cartwright[1]
Country of originUnited States
Executive producer(s)Mark Dissin and Bob Tuschman
Running time30 minutes
Original networkFood Network
Original releaseNovember 17, 2001 (2001-11-17) –
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A common feature on the program is the creation of new versions of classic dishes (including clam chowder and macaroni and cheese), some of which are traditionally slow to cook. Ray focuses on creating meals in less than 30 minutes. Ray has also done two specials with the title Thanksgiving in 60, about preparing a Thanksgiving dinner in one hour.

Each episode Ray opens the show by saying "Hi there, I'm Rachael Ray and I make 30-minute meals. Now that means in the time it takes you to watch this program, I will have made a delicious and healthy meal from start to finish."

A 30-episode revival was announced on January 25, 2019 and began airing on April 1, 2019.[3]

About the showEdit

Rachael Ray's 30 Minute Meals, based on the cookbook series, debuted on November 17, 2001, and ended production in 2012, then was revived in 2019.[4] After writing and releasing her cookbook in 1999, Rachael Ray went on NBC's Today to make soup with Al Roker.[5] Two weeks later, she had two pilot shows on TV.[5]

Criticism of the showEdit

Criticism of Rachel Ray's show has been levied despite its successes. Ray had no formal cooking experience, leading to complaints about the appearance of her food.[6]

Charlie Dougiello, Ray's director of publicity stated, "Rachael always says that some of the criticisms of her as a chef are correct. She is not a chef. She whips up meals in a way some chefs would cringe at. If she slips up, she slips up. We don't stop taping. It is just like life." [6]


One of the cookbooks inspired by this series.

The TV series has also led to a group of cookbooks.

Since the original 30 Minute Meals: Comfort Foods came out, several other books have also been published:

Book Title
30 Minute Meals: Veggie Meals
30 Minute Meals (1)
30 Minute Meals 2
30 Minute Meals: Cooking Around the Clock
30 Minute Meals: Get Togethers
Book Title
30 Minute Meals: 365, A Year of Deliciously Different Dinners
Cooking Rocks!: 30 Minute Meals for Kids!
Two additional titles coming soon


  1. ^ "MU Libraries What's New". Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  2. ^ 30 Minute Meals (TV Series 2001– ) - IMDb, retrieved April 8, 2019
  3. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (January 25, 2019). "Food Network to Revive '30 Minute Meals' With Rachael Ray as Linear, Digital Series". Variety.
  4. ^ "`30 MINUTE MEALS' TAKES RAY NATIONAL.(LIFE & LEISURE)." Albany Times Union (Albany, NY). Hearst Communications Inc. 2001. Retrieved September 01, 2012 from HighBeam Research: http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-157474299.html[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ a b Candy Sagon. "Talks Fast, Cooks Quick, Hates to Measure; And Other Reasons Why Fans Can't Get Enough of Rachael Ray and Her 30-Minute Meals." The Washington Post. Washingtonpost Newsweek Interactive. 2004. Retrieved September 01, 2012 from HighBeam Research: http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-143955.html Archived 2015-09-24 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ a b "Kitchen kitsch; Rachael Ray's '30 Minute Meals' has some TV viewers steaming.(FAMILY TIMES)." The Washington Times (Washington, DC). News World Communications, Inc. 2007. Retrieved September 01, 2012 from Questia Online Library: https://www.questia.com/read/1G1-159502292

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