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James May: Oh Cook

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Dry promotional reality show for May's British cookbook.

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Each 30-minute episode stars James May hosting a cooking show without relying on the traditional hosting style and food presentation elements the genre is known for. In addition to his dry banter, May breaks the fourth wall, and addresses the television crew directly as he cooks, which leads to some distracting moments. Thanks to the magic of editing, the meals are completed. But the range of awkward disruptions makes following the preparation process a little tedious at times.

James May: Oh Cook features some interesting recipes, which May rounds out by offering some details about the history of certain ingredients. His inability to name some of the more sophisticated utensils or techniques he is using leads to some humorous moments. But the constant reminders about the cookbook he's writing makes the overall show feel more like a promotional vehicle than something designed to give good cooking advice. Nonetheless, folks who enjoy a combination of cooking details with British sarcasm might appreciate it.

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