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The Top Cooking TV Shows To Follow If You Want to Learn How To Cook

Cooking can be art, it can be a hobby, a profession, a hidden talent...cooking can be anything. I, like many of you, am not a chef, but I do love to cook.

Don’t get me wrong, being a chef is much more than just watching a professional TV chef making something. There’s the right set of knives, or chef shoes... plus you know, experience and education. However, there are certain ways you can become a better cook at home.​

One of the ways I teach myself better cooking methods is keeping track of the top cooking TV shows to follow if you want to learn how to cook. Not an easy task considering how many TV shows are out there, but today, I’m giving you my list.

Let’s get cooking home chefs!​

#1. Jamie’s 15-Minute Meals

Jamie Oliver is one of my favorite chefs. He’s not only innovative but fun and easy to follow. His show is dedicated to creating delicious and fast meals, done in 15 minutes. While the show is officially over, you can still catch reruns and even buy a book.

With fun dishes like "Lamb Tagine and Chicken Caesar Salad,” or "Chorizo and Squid, and Simple Spaghetti,” you can become a superb cook in your home and surprise everyone too!

#2. Barefoot Contessa

Hosted by Ina Garten, this show proves that anyone who really wants to can be a great cook. This former White House nuclear policy analyst shares fun recipes for dinner parties, picnics, and of course, her husband’s most beloved dishes.

I love this cooking show because it is down-to-earth and incredibly relatable. Though Ina uses a ton of butter, you can change up some of the ingredients and come up with homemade delicacies for your family and friends.

#3. Good Eats

If you know Alton Brown, then you know he doesn’t disappoint with crazy but yummy dishes. What is particularly interesting about this TV show is that it doesn’t only focus on the food, it focuses on the science and technique behind it.

When you watch this show you will learn the history of each ingredient, how to take advantage of it, the right equipment to use, and making the most with what you have at home. With guest assistants, Good Eats is entertaining, but don’t get distracted by Brown’s wackiness, take note of his details and tips.

#4. Rachael Ray’s 30-Minute Meals

Another easy meal show with a lovely chef. Rachael Ray’s 30-Minute Meals is fantastic for those of us running low on time and wanting to learn how to cook.

Ray cooks comfort food, Thanksgiving dishes, dinner entrees, and cocktail appetizers in just 30 minutes. Catch this show weekly and prepare a delicious dinner in only half an hour, you can even do it as you watch the show.

#5. Giada at Home

Not only is it fun to watch Giada di Laurentiis let loose and make mistakes, but it is relaxing to learn with someone also venturing into different cooking styles.

This show teaches you how to cook for everyone who may visit you, from your family, friends, to your parents and even your boss. Giada also gives you party-planning tips, cooking ware secrets, and shows you how to save time or money when it comes to mouthwatering recipes.

Ready To Cook!

Watching this shows is the best way to learn how to cook, but also to polish off your skills. I love watching my favorite TV chefs while trying to mimic what they do, but you can also save the recipes and try them at your own pace.

I especially like quick but tasty meals, like grandma’s shepherd’s pie, or Caribbean dishes in under an hour. Give these a try and let me know what you think. Have another show you watch? I want to know too!​

Author Bio: Chidinma is the founder of Fruitful Kitchen, a blog that shares delicious recipes and lifestyle tips. Most of her recipes help women with fertility issues, especially fibroids, PCOS, and Endometriosis. Sometimes, however, you will find other interesting recipes, as well as cooking tips and tricks there.

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