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Food For Thought

Food For Thought

Spring 2013 Television
Ages: 13 - 16 yrs.
Rating: TV G

TV executives never expected that reality TV or cooking shows would appeal to such a wide age range. Once considered niche programming, these shows attract a diverse spectrum of viewers that often includes kids and teens. While it is usually the competitive, frantic reality TV format that attracts the younger viewers, Food For Thought is a low-key appealing cooking show for teens. Claire Thomas, a mere 23, has the poise, personality and potential of Rachel Ray, and easily makes cooking a realistic and inspiring pastime for young foodies. While dishing out her dishes, Thomas even sounds like a teen, proclaiming her recipes as "So, so good," in typical high school vernacular.

While a cooking show doesn't seem like an important anecdote to the childhood obesity problem, this show emphasizes fresh, healthy foods and the importance of the slow food movement. Thomas takes classic, simple dishes and explores how to shop and cook at home. Often based on cultural favorites, she helps create an engaging cooking atmosphere. Her instructions are fairly simple, although at times maybe a bit obtuse for the total novice. Like most TV cooks, she has a bevy of top of the line tools and it would be helpful if she were a little more instructional when it comes to the importance of choosing the right tools of the trade. Also, the assembly order of a full-themed meal is somewhat puzzling. As anyone who has tried to host Thanksgiving well knows, properly cooking dishes is one thing, but timing it so everything is served at the right temperature is quite another. Still, Thomas is makes it look easy and appealing, and her ancillary blogs and Facebook page offer recipes and links to organizations such as Cooking Matters, which helps burgeoning cooks move out the fire and into the frying pan.

Laura Fries   ©2013 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and 20 year member of the Television Critics Association Laura has been writing about television and film entertainment for more years than she cares to admit. She lives with her husband and daughter in Alexandria, Virginia.

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