Monday, March 21, 2011

The Cooking Odyssey

UPDATE 2/2014: The Cooking Odyssey went into a third season, with a new chef. For PBS reruns via Create TV, listings may be here.

PBS is hosting a Greek cooking show called The Cooking Odyssey, shot in Greece and an eco-friendly American studio kitchen. Host and Chef Yanni is an Oxford PhD in molecular epidemiology. Which guarantees you won't get botulism trying to make his yogurt in your own κουζίνα. I met the jovial producer George Stamou last week, who got funding from corporate sponsors. He had no luck with the Greek government, which probably would have pushed a national dandelion diet as part of its economic austerity plan.
Chicagoans will only get to see the show via the Milwaukee PBS station the next five Saturdays at 2:30 p.m.; New Yorkers can watch it on WLIW Channel 21 for the next three Saturdays at 11:30 a.m., and then the schedule is odd. A second season is in the works. Looks like the first season's recipes are from islands, and they trekked to Metsovo, arguably the cheese capital of Greece. I recently got to try Odyssey's "cheese mousse" -- not for lent, but might be good for Easter dessert, and very simple!

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