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If you need a little inspiration for your Thanksgiving menu, spend a few evenings curled up with your remote. That’s right. Even if you’re not planning a big meal, cooking shows are enjoyable passive consumption. There are plenty of instructional shows, competitions, and travel-inspired entertainment to prepare you for the big day. Get ready for the biggest food holiday of the year by trying a few new dishes on these streaming services.
Sure, you can find the most popular food and cooking shows on Hulu like Chopped, Kitchen Nightmares, and Beat Bobby Flay. But step outside your comfort zone and expand your kitchen knowledge with some hilarious and off-color shows that might become your new favorites.
Action Branson, the rapper, is a surprisingly upbeat and funny guide to the small restaurants in different cities in F_ck, That’s Delicious. Meanwhile, you can get to know the earnest and genuine Eddie Huang in Huang’s World as he explores how the food we love relates to history and people. His real-life story inspired the ABC comedy Fresh Off the Boat, and his gift for storytelling and relating to others shines through in both ventures.
Cheer on the next generation of foodies in the Kids Baking Championship, or prepare your child for the culinary arts by watching Naturally, Danny Seo together. The informative show teaches kids how to cook economically and organically and how to pair it with a healthy lifestyle.
If you’re short on time or attention, Tasty 101 delivers quick instructional videos on basic kitchen skills that you can view in any order in just a few minutes.
Hulu is only $5.99/month after a free trial for the basic service, or you can get ad-free for $11.99/month.
If you’re looking for instruction beyond the norm, get ready for a whole new look at cooking lessons on Amazon devices. Sign up for the newly announced Food Network Kitchen subscription service, which will bring daily live and on-demand cooking classes directly to you at home. Food Network Kitchen’s daily live cooking classes aren’t just following along; they’re interactive. Live class schedules will post a week in advance to allow subscribers to sign up for more than 25 classes each week. Integrated grocery delivery makes the recipes a snap.
Subscribers can also watch 500 beginner courses, 395 international cuisine classes, and 75 family-friendly classes on demand.
Other content includes a treasure trove of recipes, step-by-step instructional videos, and a curated selection of Food Network TV shows. Sign up to see full episodes of Chopped, Good Eats, Beat Bobby Flay, and classics like Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives and Guy’s Grocery Games. Catch up on the original show that lit a fire under America’s cooks with Iron Chef and Iron Chef America.
If you’re looking for a perfect hostess gift for the family member brave enough to host the big turkey dinner, you’ve found it. Show up with a pre-paid subscription instead of a bottle of wine, and you’ll also help 100 meals for kids living with hunger because the service partners with No Kid Hungry.
The app is free to download, but you’ll need a subscription to take advantage of all the features. After a free trial, it runs $6.99/month or prepay $47.99 for a full year.
Amazon Fire TV, Echo Show, Fire tablets, and other Android and iOS devices.
Netflix currently boasts the largest streaming library of any service, and you’ll really appreciate the depth when it comes to cooking shows. You’ll find the best of reality competition and step-by-step instructional shows on Netflix.
The easiest way to narrow down your options on Netflix is to search for “food” and scroll down the predictive text list for “TV Shows about Food.”
You can watch PBS classics like the Great British Baking Show and The Mind of a Chef, but Netflix has some incredible original series that you won’t find on any other network. Cheer on the brave competitors and satisfy your sweet tooth by watching pro teams duke it out over cakes, cupcakes, and confections in Sugar Rush. Zumbo's Just Desserts will keep you wound tight until the final episode to see what fantastic requirement appears as the next big challenge.
Keep the whole family entertained and inspired by watching The Big Family Cooking Showdown together on Thanksgiving weekend, or soothe your ego by watching amateur chefs attempt to replicate Instagram-worthy recipes in Nailed It! Another Netflix original recent hit was Salt Fat Acid Heat, which explores how the four basic elements combine to make every dish. It’s always an honor to dine at the Chef's Table, and you’ll enjoy getting to know culinary masters in the series of the same name.
A new season of Ugly Delicious drops this week, just in time for those looking for combined inspiration in travel, cooking, and history. Each show is dedicated to one dish and explores how it evolved over history and regionally to the current form.
Basic plans begin at $8.99 after a one-month free trial.
As the first home to the original cooking show, PBS affiliate WGBH introduced us to Julia Child in the 1960s. PBS continues to deliver great cooking shows to the current generations with I’ll Have What Phil’s Having, The Mind of a Chef, and The Great British Baking Show.
With more than 200 shows, PBS dominates the cooking genre for over-the-air antenna users. No subscription required to watch broadcast shows on your local channel or the website. You’ll find full episodes on-demand of popular shows like Martha Bakes, Family Ingredients, and Martha Stewart’s Cooking School.
Follow along with all seasons of A Chef’s Life, which follows award-winning Chef Vivian Howard, who left the big city to open a fine dining restaurant in small-town Eastern North Carolina. Get to know America’s melting pot with James Beard-nominated chef Marcus Samuelsson on No Passport Required. His inspiring journey across the U.S. shows how immigrants have enhanced the nation’s culture and cuisine.
Free to watch live shows via broadcast; free to access episodes on the website.
Purchase an HD antenna to receive free local broadcasts on your TV. Plug your home address in at NoCable.org to receive a free report showing you what channels you’re likely to receive and a recommendation for an antenna.
There are more than a few reasons we call this the best time of the year, but food is always in the mix. If you’re not sure what to serve alongside the turkey or tofurkey this year, keep up with the latest trends with recent cooking show episodes on your favorite streaming service.
Enjoy your time off, and make lots of great food this holiday.
Megan Southard is a writer, mom, technology enthusiast, and movie junkie. She dreads the day her kids have to explain gadgets to her and is old enough to say, "I was the remote for our TV growing up."
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