30 Minute Meals

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30 Minute Meals
30 Minute Meals title card.jpg
Created by Mark Dissin
Starring Rachael Ray
Theme music composer Lionel Cartwright[1]
Country of origin United States
Executive producer(s) Mark Dissin and Bob Tuschman
Running time 30 minutes
Original network Food Network
Original release Fall 2001
External links

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, about preparing a Thanksgiving dinner in one hour.

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[edit]

Rachel Ray's '30 Minute Meals', based on the cookbook series, debuted on November 17, 2001 and ended production in 2012.[2] After writing and releasing her cookbook in 1999, Rachel Ray went on NBC's Today show to make soup with Al Roker.[3] Two weeks later she had two pilot shows on TV.[3]

Criticism of the show[edit]

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.[4] Matters of grammar and her expressions, such as 'Sammies' (sandwiches) and 'Yum-o' when she tastes the food, were also problematic.[4]

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." [4]


One of the cookbooks inspired by this series.

The TV series has also led to a group of cookbooks.

Since the original 30 Minute Meals: Comfort Foods came out, several other books have also been published:

Book Title
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
Book Title
30 Minute Meals: 365, A Year of Deliciously Different Dinners
Cooking Rocks!: 30 Minute Meals for Kids!
Two additional titles coming soon


  1. ^ "MU Libraries What's New". Retrieved 20 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "`30 MINUTE MEALS' TAKES RAY NATIONAL.(LIFE & LEISURE)." Albany Times Union (Albany, NY). Hearst Communications Inc. 2001. Retrieved September 01, 2012 from HighBeam Research: http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-157474299.html
  3. ^ a b Candy Sagon. "Talks Fast, Cooks Quick, Hates to Measure; And Other Reasons Why Fans Can't Get Enough of Rachael Ray and Her 30-Minute Meals." The Washington Post. Washingtonpost Newsweek Interactive. 2004. Retrieved September 01, 2012 from HighBeam Research: http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-143955.html
  4. ^ a b c "Kitchen kitsch; Rachael Ray's '30 Minute Meals' has some TV viewers steaming.(FAMILY TIMES)." The Washington Times (Washington, DC). News World Communications, Inc. 2007. Retrieved September 01, 2012 from HighBeam Research: http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-159502292.html

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