Cook's Country

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). The show's twelfth season premiered in August 2019.[1]

Cook's Country
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GenreCooking
Directed byHerb Sevush
Presented by
  • Christopher Kimball (2008–2016)
  • Bridget Lancaster (2017–present)
  • Julia Collin Davison
    (2017–present)
Starring
  • Christopher Kimball (2008–2016)
  • Bridget Lancaster (2008–present)
  • Julia Collin Davison (2008–present)
  • Erin McMurrer (2008–2016)
  • Jack Bishop (2008–present)
  • Adam Ried (2008–present)
  • Ashley Moore (2017–present)
  • Christie Morrison (2017–present)
  • Bryan Roof (2017–present)
  • Lan Lam (2018)
  • Lawman Johnson (2019–present)
  • Natalie Estrada (2019–present)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons12
No. of episodes156 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Mary Agnes
Jack Bishop
Julia Collin Davison
Bridget Lancaster
Production location(s)Rupert, Vermont (seasons 1-10)
Boston, Massachusetts (seasons 11- )
Running time27 minutes
DistributorWETA in conjunction with American Public Television
Release
Original releaseSeptember 6, 2008 (2008-09-06) –
present
External links
Website

CastEdit

Cook's Country is structured similarly to sister show America's Test Kitchen, with many of the same cast. Bridget Lancaster and Julia Collin Davison host the show. Jack Bishop is 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.[citation needed] She returned in Season 3.

Christopher Kimball hosted the show for the first nine seasons. 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.

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.

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. New staff members Lawman Johnson and Natalie Estrada will be added in Season 12 while Lan Lam is no longer seen on Cook's Country.

EpisodesEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113September 6, 2008 (2008-09-06)November 29, 2008 (2008-11-29)
213September 5, 2009 (2009-09-05)November 28, 2009 (2009-11-28)
313September 4, 2010 (2010-09-04)November 27, 2010 (2010-11-27)
413September 10, 2011 (2011-09-10)January 14, 2012 (2012-01-14)
513September 15, 2012 (2012-09-15)December 8, 2012 (2012-12-08)
613September 7, 2013 (2013-09-07)November 23, 2013 (2013-11-23)
713August 30, 2014 (2014-08-30)November 22, 2014 (2014-11-22)
813September 13, 2015 (2015-09-13)December 6, 2015 (2015-12-06)
913August 27, 2016 (2016-08-27)November 19, 2016 (2016-11-19)
1013August 26, 2017 (2017-08-26)November 18, 2017 (2017-11-18)
1113August 25, 2018 (2018-08-25)November 17, 2018 (2018-11-17)
1213August 24, 2019 (2019-08-24)November 16, 2019 (2019-11-16)

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 were filmed on location at a farmhouse in Rupert, Vermont. Beginning in season 11, filming and production were 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.

The theme music, "Right Between Your Eyes", is performed by the San Francisco bluegrass band Hot Buttered Rum.[2] As of season 12, the theme music is instrumental.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "America'sTestKitchen on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved March 30, 2017.
  2. ^ Muse, Heather (October 9, 2008). "Comparing Cook's Country to America's Test Kitchen". Delish. Retrieved March 3, 2017.

External linksEdit