PBS is bringing daytime mainstay Martha Stewart's unique blend of genuine expertise and condescension to school... cooking school, to be exact!
"Martha Stewart's Cooking School" will feature lessons based on Stewart's book of the same name, turning a basic cooking show into a real learning experience for viewers.
"I love to teach, and PBS came to me looking for a real cooking show, one that would inspire experienced cooks -- and new cooks- - to get in the kitchen and really try these things," Stewart said in an interview with Zap2it. "We made 26 half-hour shows based loosely on my book 'Martha Stewart's Cooking School.' It divides the methods of cooking into categories so there is a show devoted to how to poach, how to steam, how to roast, how to pan saute. Of course, they'll be a refresher course for some, but a really great teaching course for others who want to learn."
The show's goal is to teach viewers how to cook like professional chefs, starting with basic techniques common to numerous recipes before building up to more complex ones. "These are the techniques -- the secrets -- that you would learn if you went to a very expensive cooking school," Stewart says. "I think we have forgotten that there is a lot more to what we can eat than what we eat ... people are so attuned to opening a box or a can."
Stewart hopes to hold true to her idol and forerunner in the field of television cookery, Julia Child. "Julia led the way, and she was such a good teacher -- and I think I'm a good teacher, and PBS thinks I'm a good teacher, and I think I can carry on where Julia left off."