Food: 6 Shows Worth Their Salt

A taste of TV's top cooking programs

TV and food have always gone together, from Julia Child's soufflés to the potato-chip grease on your remote. But when there are so many gustatory shows, how do you know which are worth a look? Take a nibble of these.

IRON CHEF AMERICA

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America tones down the camp (barely) of the Japanese original while retaining the premise: two chefs duel using one theme ingredient. It's true that the show finishes the job of turning star chefs into pro wrestlers. But then theater is a big reason people eat out--or stay home to watch people cook on...

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