Parents' Guide to

Searching for Soul Food

By Marty Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Los Angeles chef travels to find authenticity and community.

TV Hulu Educational 2023
Searching for Soul Food: poster in which Chef Alisa Reynolds holds a plate of food

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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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