Season 1 of the Cooking Network’s "The Pioneer Women" promises to be just as exciting as the previous seasons. Set at an estate in rural OK Cupid’s Springs, each episode will introduce a new food theme while inviting new guest cooks to join the ranks. The themes run the spectrum from country to rustic, modern to sentimental. The first season focused on old-time southern cuisine, but after that it was full on vegan fare and the all-dairy diet. The new season promises even more diversity.
DescriptionA new member of the family, The Pioneer Women is a southern-style television programme which follows the culinary lives of four women – Charity Bass, Debra Wilson, Susanna Collar andela Guerra. Set at an estate in rural OK Cupid’s Springs, each episode features one local recipe. The cookery show, which began on a local network in the United States, has since expanded to include hundreds of recipes from around the world. Each hour of every day features a different recipe; some have been inspired by the locations where they were created. Charity Bass, Debra Wilson and Susanna Collar are joined by a variety of celebrity guests as they experiment with new dishes.
Since the very beginning The Pioneer Women has attracted a diverse audience. This includes both male and female viewers, for whom the programme is extremely popular. The first few episodes were viewed by thousands of people, many of whom travelled from far away to be a part of this television phenomenon. It has since been able to move out of the small rural community-set filming locations and into the big city, which have helped it develop a large following. As well as the large television audience, the cookery show has also achieved considerable success in book and magazine format.
There are numerous factors which have helped the programme to become so successful. For one, it is relatively unknown, which provides an opportunity for those who would not normally be exposed to the recipes. Secondly, the programme is keen not to sensationalise cooking and recipes, as is the common perception. Instead, the cookery show makes itself very clear that what is presented are recipes which are easy to follow and which can be enjoyed by all.
One of the things that set The Pioneer Women apart from similar television programmes is the choice of recipes given. Rather than a celebrity chef creating the recipes, each recipe is created by a real-life chef who knows the dishes inside out. In addition, there are rarely any funny bits or references. The cookery show clearly recognises that cooking is fun and that families with children can relate to the programme. This combination of realistic cooking and humorous content has made it one of the most popular cooking shows on television.
The pioneer women of today still get together to discuss their recipes in the open. Each week, a new recipe or a special theme will be chosen and the women will discuss it at a meeting. The cookery team often includes a grandmother or a mother of the bride. This special element adds a human aspect to the programme, which helps create an enjoyable viewing experience. It also creates an opportunity for the recipes to be used in dinners and day-to-day meals.
The programme also includes a range of fun and interesting segments. Cookery specials feature the famous satin dress and red corset for example. There are also segments where the hostess prepares a particular dish using traditional ingredients and then challenges the other women to try it. This format helps bring new and different flavours to the table. On the special episode, the women are also asked to try foods that are not popular in their households.
As well as featuring the most popular recipes from the past, The Pioneer Women’s World has also featured some of the lesser known ones. Pasta pie is one example, as are beetroot and cheese. The programme has helped introduce many people to these foods and recipes, and has helped to raise the profile of cookery in the country. The programme is, without doubt, still one of the UK’s most popular cooking shows.