The series (produced by WGBH and Zero Point Zero Productions in association with Gourmet magazine and Discovery Networks International) is comprised of 20 half-hour episodes with the Season Premiere on Saturday, October 7, 2006.
After taking a look at the press release and descriptions of the first four episodes I can already tell it is going to be fabulous.
“Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie” is a delicious new public television series that looks at the world food first. Traveling the globe to the world’s must-see food destinations—Italy, Brazil, Peru, China, Australia, and the United States, to name a few—the series unearths a feast of cutting-edge food trends, exotic ingredients, and in-the-know food players. From artisans struggling to save the ancient craft of knife making in Japan, to a hidden organic garden run by monks in central Rome,
“Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie” offers an unprecedented look at the ingredients that fuel our love affair with food. With Gourmet as editorial partner, the series boasts an arsenal of trusted epicurean experts who deliver compelling and provocative food stories steeped in passions and opinions. Gourmet Editor in Chief Ruth Reichl and her team of renowned editors also go inside the magazine’s New York City test kitchens to show viewers how they can bring fantastic finds from the international food landscape into their own homes."
Here's a peek at the first four episodes:
#101 China - One Billion Foodies Welcome to china, the world's oldest continuing civilization, where the unbreakable bond of food, culture, and history is the subject of legends. straddled between old and new, the country strives to preserve ancient food traditions, while satisfying a hungry middle class with modern techniques and trendy restaurants. From the rural countryside to the urban epicenters of beijing and shanghai, we'll explore chinese cuisine in its authentic form. thing is for certain: it's much more than kung Pao chicken or moo
#102 Anatomy of a Meal with José Andrés What goes into the making of a meal? Through the eyes of one of the world's top chefs— José Andrés—we will deconstruct a meal from start to finish, looking at the philosophies, ingredients, and methods that take a dish from initial conception to savory last bites. We'll also visit Andrés' native city of Barcelona to explore the elements of Spanish culture that have shaped his culinary outlook, then head to his popular Washington, D.C. restaurant, Café Atlántico to see how they translate into everyday cuisine.
#103 Italy - Home Cookings Italy has always been considered one of the world's top food destinations, famous for the incredibly vibrant, inviting cuisine that is enormously significant within the country's culture. This reputation, upheld by generation after generation, is fueling a popular new trend where visitors can experience the hospitality and tastes of first hand by dining with locals in private residences. From the urban, fast-paced sprawl of Rome to the sleepy, picturesque villages of the countryside, see how hungry travelers are treated to the authentic, delicious, and fulfilling tastes of traditional Italian homes.
#104 H2O Water—an essential element of life that has influenced cuisines around the world. From the oyster-rich shores of Seattle's Puget Sound to a specialty shop serving hundreds of imported mineral waters in Rome's railway station, see how this versatile ingredient has evolved into so much more than a thirst quencher. Dive in and discover how chefs think about the use of water, and the ways in which it sustains, enhances, and sometimes even transforms their recipes.