Taste and the TV Chef is Now Available!
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Taste and the TV Chef is Now Available!

Taste and the TV Chef examines the evolution of food-centric TV, exploring how it changed Britain’s relationship with food and created a global appetite for culinary content. 


While cooking shows are far from new, they have exploded in popularity in recent years and changed consumption patterns at a time when what we eat is increasingly understood to have enormous impact on climate change. What was once merely a genre is now a full-blown phenomenon: never before has food been so photographed, fawned over, fetishized and celebrated for its potential to improve our health and that of the planet. Celebrity chefs and so-called ‘foodies’ have risen to new levels of fame, and the cultural capital of cooking has never been so valuable. 


Including rare interviews with the producers who created some of the most influential stories television ever told, food journalist Gilly Smith offers fresh insights into the creation of contemporary British food culture, examining the influence of chefs like Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson and Gordon Ramsay and the role of TV storytelling in transforming how and what we consume.


A groundbreaking contribution to food and media studies, Taste and the TV Chef investigates how food and lifestyle TV changed the way an entire country ate, and then fed it to the rest of the world.