30 Minute Meals
|30 Minute Meals|
|Created by||Mark Dissin|
|Theme music composer||Lionel Cartwright|
|Country of origin||USA|
|No. of episodes||445, as of March 6, 2008|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original channel||Food Network|
30 Minute Meals is a Food Network show hosted by Rachael Ray. Her first of four shows on Food Network debuted in the fall of 2001. The show specializes in convenience cooking for those with little time to cook. The show is recorded live-to-tape, with Ray doing almost all preparation in real time. The show was awarded an Emmy for Best Daytime Service Show in 2006.
A common feature on the program is the creation of new versions of classic dishes (including clam chowder and macaroni and cheese), some of which are traditionally slow to cook. Ray focuses on creating meals in less than 30 minutes. Ray has also done two specials with the title Thanksgiving in 60, based around the idea of a one-hour Thanksgiving dinner.
Each episode Ray opens the show by saying "Hi there, I'm Rachael Ray and I make 30-minute meals. Now that means in the time it takes you to watch this program, I will have made a delicious and healthy meal from start to finish."
About the show
Rachel Ray's '30 Minute Meals', based on the cookbook series, debuted on November 17, 2001. After writing and releasing her cookbook in 1999, Rachel Ray went on NBC's Today show to make soup with Al Roker. Two weeks later she had two pilot shows on TV.
Criticism of the show
Criticism of Rachel Ray's show has been levied despite its successes. Ray had no formal cooking experience, leading to complaints about the appearance of her food. Matters of grammar and her expressions, such as 'Sammies' (sandwiches) and 'Yum-o' when she tastes the food. Though it also could be tied to overexposure.
Charlie Dougiello, Ray's director of publicity stated, "Rachael always says that some of the criticisms of her as a chef are correct. She is not a chef. She whips up meals in a way some chefs would cringe at. If she slips up, she slips up. We don't stop taping. It is just like life." 
The series has also led to a group of cookbooks.
The original 30 Minute Meals: Comfort Foods Several other books have since been published:
|30 Minute Meals: Veggie Meals|
|30 Minute Meals (1)|
|30 Minute Meals 2|
|30 Minute Meals: Cooking Around the Clock|
|30 Minute Meals: Get Togethers|
|30 Minute Meals: 365, A Year of Deliciously Different Dinners|
|Cooking Rocks!: 30 Minute Meals for Kids!|
|Two additional titles coming soon|
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