Food TV Show Pioneers Through The Years (PHOTOS)

06/15/2010 09:54 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Life magazine's gallery of food TV celebrities from their rich archives reminds us that the uber-chefs of the Food Network weren't the first to cook on television.

Check out the whole retrospective with comments by author Kathleen Collins here, with additional photos of the likes of Julia Bastianich, Emeril (with Andre Agassi), Paul Prudhomme, Bobby Flay, Alton Brown, Jamie Oliver, and more. And here are some of our favorite photos of the pioneers of food television, below.

Watching What We Eat: A Pictorial History of Food Shows on TV