New Cooks Country Show - have you seen it?
Ok, so full disclosure - I am a huge fan of America's Test Kitchen. IMO it's hands down the best cooking show on TV for people who want to learn great fool-proof recipes (and, yes, I am OK with Chris Kimball). Now the same basic cast has a new show called Cooks Country. Anyone know if this a replacement for the old ATK show? Same basic format with a couple of recipes, tasting lab, equipment corner.
BTW, one of the recent shows featured Lexington style pulled pork. I made it for a neighborhood party last weekend. Now my neighbors are insisting I open up a BBQ place that features it. It was absolutely amazing and quite simple (2 hours in a weber with wood chips and then 3 hours in a low oven wrapped in foil). Elapsed time is long, but very little work.
The new Cook's Country show is a companion show to the Cook's Country magazine (as swamp guesses correctly). This is the debut season for the Cook's Country show. Anyone familiar with the magazine will recognize the lineage...country-style cooking/recipes. The show has its own set on a farm in VT. The ATK show will continue as it has been (next season has already been filmed and is in post-production). But, yes, you will notice the hosts are largely similar. However, each magazine has its own distinct staff.
The thing that annoys me is that I have a subscription to Cooks Illustrated online which doesn't give me access to the Cook's Country recipes but the e-newsletter covers both magazines. So I get info about recipes I can't acces or save.
Also, there is a tab for Cook's Country on the website (that I pay for) that I can't access.
I watched it 2 weeks in a row and never caught on that it wasn't ATK! Then I went to the PBS website to get a link, and it took me to Cook's Country. I was a little confused, but then realized that a few things had changed, but not enough to really stand out as being a NEW show.
I saw this show for the first time this past weekend, didn't catch the opening credits and just assumed that it was ATK with a new 'set'. Realised at the end credits that it was a new-ish show... Probably needed a re-work so they could tackle different types of recipes without alienating their core ATK lovin' audience. New Name, New Show, New Feel - "We aren't ATK! We're Cooks Country" sort of thing.
Us producer types like to think we are so smart with this sort of thing; then I sit down on the couch as a consumer and realise how silly it really is.