Cook's Country

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Cook's Country
Cook's Country title.png
Genre Cooking
Directed by Herb Sevush
Presented by
Starring
  • Christopher Kimball (2008-2016)
  • Bridget Lancaster (2008- )
  • Julia Collin-Davison (2008- )
  • Erin McMurrer (2008-2016)
  • Jack Bishop (2008- )
  • Adam Ried (2008- )
  • Ashley Moore (2017- )
  • Christie Morrison (2017- )
  • Bryan Roof (2017- )
  • Lan Lam (2018- )
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 11
No. of episodes 143 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Mary Agnes
Jack Bishop
Julia Collin-Davison
Bridget Lancaster
Production location(s) Rupert, Vermont
Running time 27 minutes
Distributor WETA in conjunction with American Public Television
Release
Original release September 6, 2008 (2008-09-06) – present
External links
Website

Cook's Country is an American half-hour television cooking show on the PBS channel. The show is based on Cook's Country magazine (published by the same company as Cook's Illustrated) and a cover of the magazine appears at the start of each episode.

The show's eleventh season is currently airing as of Late August 2018.[1]

Cast[edit]

Cook's Country is structured similarly to America's Test Kitchen, with many of the same cast. Christopher Kimball, Bridget Lancaster and Julia Collin-Davison are primarily featured, with Erin McMurrer joining the regular cast in Season 2. Jack Bishop is once again in charge of the Tasting Lab, while Adam Ried continues to feature new products in the Equipment Corner. During Season 1, Kimball's neighbor Axel Blomberg occasionally appeared on-screen with a dish of the featured recipe, exhibiting how the recipe could be badly executed.

Julia Collin-Davison did not appear during Season 2, having given birth to a daughter shortly before that season's episodes were filmed.[citation needed] She returned in Season 3.

On November 16, 2015, a news release from Boston Commons Press, parent company of Cooks Country, Cooks Illustrated, and America's Test Kitchen, announced the departure of Christopher Kimball over a contract dispute. Season 9's TV programs had already been filmed with Kimball as the host, but he would not appear on any future episodes.[2]

Due to the departure of Christopher Kimball, Bridget Lancaster & Julia Collin-Davison began hosting Cook's Country in Season 10. Also in Season 10, America's Test Kitchen staff members Ashley Moore, Christie Morrison and Bryan Roof were added to the cast while Erin McMurrer, having moved to the America's Test Kitchen cast, is no longer seen on air on Cook's Country (but remains credited as a behind the scenes crew member). Season 11 added Lan Lam to the Cast.

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113September 6, 2008 (2008-09-06)November 29, 2008 (2008-11-29)
213September 5, 2009 (2009-09-05)November 28, 2009 (2009-11-28)
313September 4, 2010 (2010-09-04)November 27, 2010 (2010-11-27)
413September 10, 2011 (2011-09-10)January 14, 2012 (2012-01-14)
513September 15, 2012 (2012-09-15)December 8, 2012 (2012-12-08)
613September 7, 2013 (2013-09-07)November 23, 2013 (2013-11-23)
713August 30, 2014 (2014-08-30)November 22, 2014 (2014-11-22)
813September 13, 2015 (2015-09-13)December 6, 2015 (2015-12-06)
913August 27, 2016 (2016-08-27)November 19, 2016 (2016-11-19)
1013August 26, 2017 (2017-08-26)November 18, 2017 (2017-11-18)
1113August 25, 2018 (2018-08-25)November 17, 2018 (2018-11-17)

In contrast to its predecessor, Cook's Country focuses on recipes that are more rustic, especially those from South or Southwestern America. The hosts begins each segment with a historical perspective on each recipe prior to the demonstration.

The Tasting Lab segments are filmed before a live audience on location, a farmhouse in Rupert, Vermont.[3]

The theme music, "Right Between Your Eyes", is performed by the San Francisco bluegrass band, Hot Buttered Rum.[3]

A title card at the end of each episode of Season 1 reads "In Memory of Felicia Armstrong (1978–2007)", a kitchen assistant murdered on November 1, 2007.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "America'sTestKitchen on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved March 30, 2017.
  2. ^ "Christopher Kimball to Leave America's Test Kitchen". Cook's Illustrated. November 16, 2015. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Muse, Heather (October 9, 2008). "Comparing Cook's Country to America's Test Kitchen". Delish. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  4. ^ Patrick McArdle (2007). "Two Dead in Rupert Murder-Suicide". Rutland Herald. Retrieved September 18, 2010.

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