PBS has long been the bastion of hype-free cooking shows, the home of Julia Child, as well as such varied personalities as Jacques Pepin, Martin Yan and Mary Ann Esposito in the old days; plus, the brilliant Korean-food documentary series Kimchi Chronicles With Marja Vongerichten just finished its run. PBS was the food network before there was a Food Network.
This week, the website PBS Food got an upgrade. With the relaunch, it has integrated the musings of two food bloggers, and the whole site is supposed to be more streamlined, consolidating all PBS cooking content so that one can easily search the more than 1,700 recipes and shows.
That's all fine and good, but the best part is it's now easier to watch full episodes of Julia Child's seminal series The French Chef and her later shows, including Julia Child: Cooking With Master Chefs, which features a pre-Top Chef Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken.
Then there's the nearly unrecognizable, pre-catchphrase Emeril Lagasse, looking like he's fresh out of culinary school, cooking etoufee and boiling crawfish.
Child's episode with Emeril Lagasse is embedded below, but there's more where that came from on the site. Who says you need cable?