Parents' Guide to

Food for Thought with Claire Thomas

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Hip host makes food know-how delectable for teens.

TV ABC Educational 2011
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 5+

No, Awful

I rarely leave reviews. If you are looking for a boring, uninspired, show this is it. The girl seems to be very spoiled (bad example for kids). Many are recipes would not be affordable for families. Finally, while I am sure she if a fine person she is not engaging, sounds snobbish and must be someone's kid or she wouldn't have a show. Really, not good.

This title has:

Too much consumerism
age 2+


I think Claire's love for food engages the viewer! Claire's techniques & views on food preparation is fresh & engaging! What can I say, but I SIMPLY ADORE Food For Thought with Claire Thomas!!!

This title has:

Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (2 ):

This unique series is geared toward teens, and it takes a broader look at food arts than does the traditional cooking show. Each segment centers on the preparation of a particular dish, but Thomas is more of a field trip guide than she is a cooking instructor, taking viewers to farmers' markets and local restaurants to get a sense of where food comes from and how its quality can affect a recipe's success. By relating each dish to a special occasion or to a particular friend or family member, Thomas draws attention to the social aspect of food, which plays a role in cultural heritage as well.

It's clear that the show has given careful consideration to its audience, reflected in its youthful host and its attention to modern trends like supporting local agriculture and using healthy ingredients. The dishes Thomas selects are easily replicated at home, thanks to the recipes she's posted on the show's website, so teens may be inspired to don an apron and try them themselves.

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