A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive messages about community, shared cultural history, and philanthropy.
Positive Role Models
People featured display generosity, compassion, and creativity.
Searching for Soul Food investigates various cultures and communities, both in America and abroad. The focus is on food that is in touch with a cultural history, and the series backs that up by avoiding touristy restaurants in favor of smaller, hyper-local spots.
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Violence & Scariness
Historical violence is discussed, often in a cheeky way (for example, slavery is described as "trauma and drama").
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Occasional mild profanity ("damn," "hell," etc.) and meta-jokes about profanity where curse words are bleeped out or obscured.
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Products & Purchases
It does promote specific restaurants and chefs, though not as overtly as most other food-tourism shows.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
People are occasionally seen drinking or cooking with alcohol. No smoking or drug use is shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Searching for Soul Food is a food and travel series hosted by Los Angeles Chef Alisa Reynolds. As the title implies, the focus is on places and chefs with historical ties to cuisine that originated from scarcity and poverty. The series begins in America before traveling abroad to Italy, Peru, and elsewhere.
Is It Any Good?
A strong idea can only take a show so far. Searching for Soul Food has a compelling premise, but only gets about halfway to fulfilling it. When the focus is purely on soul food, tracking how incredible cuisine was borne out of dire circumstances, the show is fascinating. But too often it feels tonally adrift, padded out with things like unnecessary sketch comedy. Chef Reynolds often feels like she's pushing over the top, almost mimicking what she thinks a food host is supposed to be like. The result: an uneven series with delicious moments here and there. This one could have used a little more time in the oven.
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