Pop Culture Happy Hour: Cooking Shows Provide Food For Thought This week, we revisit a conversation about competitions and instructional shows, adventures and simple admirations of good cooking.
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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Cooking Shows Provide Food For Thought

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Top Chef contestant Joe Sasto cooks a meal in Aspen, Colo. Paul Trantow/Paul Trantow/Bravo hide caption

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Comfort never goes out of season, so neither do cooking shows. On this episode, we look back on a conversation Glen Weldon and I had with Barrie Hardymon and Kat Chow about the cooking television we know and enjoy. We talk about Top Chef, about Barefoot Contessa, about Chopped and about whether you can actually become a better and more confident cook through TV. Barrie even stops to wonder: does a tomato deserve underwear? (It makes sense coming from her.)

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