The Evolution of the TV Cooking Show

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Kathleen CollinsKathleen Collins is the author of Watching What We Eat: The Evolution of Television Cooking Shows.  The very first cooking show on TV was I Love to Eat, hosted by culinary legend James Beard.  The show ran for one season on NBC. 

Later, Julia Child popularized the genre with The French Chef on PBS, which premiered in 1963.  In the early 1990's, The Food Network was launched and the face of cooking on TV was changed forever.