The highly articulate Lakshmi has an affinity for local history and culture, and she elaborated on the fact that "New Orleans is the only place in America that has a completely different ethnic food and yet it's very American.
A new cooking show is vying for a slice of the prime time audience on network TV: ABC's The Taste. However, despite all the proclamations, The Taste and the culinary approach it promotes stay safely within the mainstream.
As both a consumer and a food scholar, I am very interested in how how people eat. You can imagine I was very intrigued when I saw that the History Channel 2 had dedicated an episode ofModern Marvels to supersized food.
Around The World in 80 Plates manages to achieve an acceptable modicum of entertainment value, as viewers get to vicariously explore far-away places while enjoying the drama of the rivalry among the contestants.