A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that much of the food on this docu-style show is high-calorie and high-fat and is celebrated for the size of the serving. Calories and grams of fat are mentioned only once in the sandwich episode, with the rejoinder, "But who's counting?" At the same time, the cooks and restaurateurs features on the show are hard-working creative professionals who are either keeping traditions alive, or creating new ones.
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What's the story?
The show features a top-10 countdown of foods in various categories, such as sandwiches, baked goods, or street food that come from all over the United States -- from Boston's french fries to Seattle's pulled pork sandwich. With narrator John Goodman leading the way, viewers learn about various special dishes -- often with a regional history attached -- as well as the restaurant or chef who created the dish. Viewers learn how the food is prepared and hear how diners feel about the food.
Is it any good?
Size and excess seem to be the determining factors of whether something is the best or not, rather than taste -- although many folks do talk about how good the food tastes. It's kind of fun to see how crazy folks can get with a simple hamburger, and the show moves along quickly.
Other than appreciating the history or creativity behind the individual dishes, the show offers little other than a chance to be tantalized and watch others eat.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about whether shows like this encourage bad eating habits. Do you think it's OK to eat a foot-high sandwich? Does watching this show make you hungry? If so, why does that happen?
How real is what appears on the show? Have the food items been exaggerated for the purpose of the show? How would you know?
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