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Cook's Country is an American half-hour television cooking show on the PBS channel. The show is based on Cook's Country magazine (published by the same company as Cook's Illustrated) and a cover of the magazine appears at the start of each episode.
|Directed by||Herb Sevush|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||11|
|No. of episodes||143 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Mary Agnes|
|Production location(s)||Rupert, Vermont (seasons 1-10)|
Boston, Massachusetts (seasons 11- )
|Running time||27 minutes|
|Distributor||WETA in conjunction with American Public Television|
|Original release||September 6, 2008 –|
The show's eleventh season is currently airing as of August 2018.
Cook's Country is structured similarly to America's Test Kitchen, with many of the same cast. Christopher Kimball, Bridget Lancaster, and Julia Collin-Davison host the show, with Erin McMurrer joining the regular cast in Season 2. Jack Bishop is once again in charge of the Tasting Lab, while Adam Reid continues to feature new products in the Equipment Corner.
Julia Collin-Davison did not appear during Season 2, having given birth to a daughter shortly before that season's episodes were filmed. She returned in Season 3.
Christopher Kimball hosted the show for the first nine seasons. On November 16, 2015, a news release from Boston Commons Press, parent company of Cooks Country, Cooks Illustrated, and America's Test Kitchen, announced the departure of Christopher Kimball over a contract dispute. Season 9's TV programs had already been filmed with Kimball as the host, but he would not appear on any future episodes. During Season 1, Kimball's neighbor Axel Blomberg occasionally appeared on-screen with a dish of the featured recipe, exhibiting how the recipe could be badly executed.
Due to the departure of Christopher Kimball, Bridget Lancaster and Julia Collin-Davison began hosting Cook's Country in Season 10. Also in Season 10, America's Test Kitchen staff members Ashley Moore, Christie Morrison, and Bryan Roof were added to the cast while Erin McMurrer, having moved to the America's Test Kitchen cast, is no longer seen on air on Cook's Country (but remains credited as a behind the scenes crew member). Season 11 added Lan Lam to the Cast.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||13||September 6, 2008||November 29, 2008|
|2||13||September 5, 2009||November 28, 2009|
|3||13||September 4, 2010||November 27, 2010|
|4||13||September 10, 2011||January 14, 2012|
|5||13||September 15, 2012||December 8, 2012|
|6||13||September 7, 2013||November 23, 2013|
|7||13||August 30, 2014||November 22, 2014|
|8||13||September 13, 2015||December 6, 2015|
|9||13||August 27, 2016||November 19, 2016|
|10||13||August 26, 2017||November 18, 2017|
|11||13||August 25, 2018||November 17, 2018|
In contrast to its predecessor, Cook's Country focuses on regional recipes across the United States. The hosts begins each segment with a historical perspective on each recipe prior to the demonstration.
Seasons 1-10 was filmed on location at a farmhouse in Rupert, Vermont. Beginning in season 11, filming and production was moved to a purpose built farmhouse studio set at America's Test Kitchen headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts. The Tasting Lab segments are filmed before a live studio audience.
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