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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Each episode is full of both historical and scientific facts about the food being discussed. Viewers are given in-depth lessons on where their favorite "American" foods originated as well as interesting lessons in food science. The host also travels all over the world learning about the traditions of various places and people.
Each episode highlights the food innovators of the past, many of which are people of color and women. The show's host also has a clear passion for research and history, which she shares with viewers throughout each episode.
Positive Role Models
The series places importance on family, tradition, and honoring the past, as well as innovation and having a deep sense of curiosity. It also focuses on the incredible results of multiple cultures melding together to create something new.
The show is hosted by a Black woman who travels the world meeting with people of many different ethnicities. Episodes highlight food innovators of the past, many of whom were people of color and women. It also highlights the contributions of various groups toward food innovation and points out instances when enslaved African Americans, immigrants, and other people of color around the world weren't given proper credit for their contributions.
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Violence & Scariness
Brief explanations of colonization, slavery, diaspora, and religious and cultural persecution that's caused mass emigrations. The challenges faced by immigrants and refugees are also discussed. All of this is covered in a straightforward and non-scary way.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Chasing Flavor is a fun, educational series highlighting the history and science behind America's favorite foods. The series does an especially good job of exploring the often forgotten contributions of people of color, as well as the melding of cultural traditions from around the world, that led to the creation of many popular foods. The series places importance on family and honoring the past as well as curiosity, perseverance, and innovation and is a great family watch.
Is It Any Good?
A labor of love that educates and entertains while making complex culinary history accessible to everyone. Each episode of Chasing Flavor masterfully demonstrates how food can create bridges between diverse cultures. Series host Carla Hall's joyful humor makes learning about food an engaging experience. Her deep passion is evident not only in her cooking but in the rich history and research she shares. Whether it motivates you to cook together, share a meal, or explore new destinations around the world, Chasing Flavor promises a delightful and enriching experience for kids and adults alike.
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