Review: My Life in Food

April 15, 2009 at 7:10 am

Originally published at Edible TV on April 14, 2009.

My Life in Food is the hidden gem of the Food Network’s new spring line-up.  It is neither a stand-and-stir cooking show nor a personality-driven travel show.  My Life in Food is story telling at its best.  With all of the glitter and flash that FN has employed to market new seasons of old standards or to hype shows like 5 Ingredient Fix which are makeovers of established hits (see 30 Minute Meals) it is surprising that there has been little fanfare about the lone original concept of the new schedule.

 

Produced by Al Roker Productions Inc., My Life is as much documentary as it is food programming.  The show does not focus on any particular character but instead chronicles newsworthy substance within the culinary world.  And that is what makes it stand alone in the pantheon of food-themed television.

 

So far the first season has highlighted individuals like Chef Jeff Henderson (The Chef Jeff Project – nice cross promotion), and Liz, a mother-of-three from Maryland who crusades to halt the government’s assault on our civil liberties by trying to legalize raw milk sales.

 

They have covered truly inspiring ideas like Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett who challenged the citizen’s of the nation’s fattest city to lose a collective 1 millions pounds in 2008.  Other moving episodes have concentrated on people with food phobias, those searching for the fountain of youth through food, and the healing power of food.  Kudos to Food Network and producer Al Roker for providing us an innovative and thought provoking  food show.

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Stuart Reb Donald

Stuart is a celebrity chef and award winning food writer. Donald performs live cooking demonstrations and penned the cookbook Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor."

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