Mom's Cooking

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Families bond over food; some gender stereotyping.

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Positive Messages

The series presents food/food preparation as a way to pass down family
tradition and bring families together. But It also perpetuates the
stereotype that cooking is done primarily by women and that these
traditions are only passed down from mother to daughter.

Violence

One impressed family member playfully says that the food "makes you want to slap your granny."

Sex
Language
Consumerism

Supermarkets like Kroger and various food brands like Martha White Corn
Meal and White Lilly Flour are sometimes prominently visible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some recipes contain alcohol. Alcohol (mostly wine) is consumed at meals.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this heartfelt cooking/reality series -- in
which mothers teach their daughters to prepare family favorites --
looks at food and meal preparation as a way to keep generations
connected and create strong bonds between mothers and daughters. That
said, it also suppports gender stereotypes about cooking being a
woman's responsbility. Some recipes contain alcohol, and some families
drink wine at mealtime. Supermarket logos (like Kroger) and various
food brands (like Martha White) are visible.

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What's the story?

MOM'S COOKING is a heartwarming show in which mothers teach their
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daughters how to make some of their signature dishes and favorite
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holiday meals. In each episode, an unsuspecting mom is taken by
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surprise when her daughter, along with host Joe Corsano and a camera
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crew, arrives at her doorstep for a cooking lesson. After shopping for
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ingredients, the featured mom teaches her daughter to cook three
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different dishes. As they work, they exchange childhood memories and
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other stories connected to the food they're preparing. And when
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everything is ready, other family members are invited to dig in and
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savor the meal.

Is it any good?

The series highlights cooking as a way for generations of family
members to connect with one another. It also emphasizes the way that
cooking can help mothers bond with their daughters -- even after
they've reached adulthood and have children of their own. But by
focusing just on mothers and daughters in the kitchen, Mom's Cooking
suports the the idea that cooking is a "woman's job." It also ignores
the fact that sons can benefit from sharing a similar experience with
their moms (or dads!), and that all kids can benefit from preparing meals with their parents, regardless of gender.

While
these messages can be problematic, the show's overall messages about
family and traditions are positive. Young tweens may not be
particularly drawn to the show, but older tweens and teens may find the
recipes, if not the stories, interesting.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether shows like this one can actually help

  • people improve their cooking skills. Do you think the meals prepared on

  • cooking shows are as difficult or simple to make as they seem on

  • television? Are there any recipes and/or cooking techniques that have

  • surprised you? Families can also discuss some of the their own favorite

  • traditional meals. Are there foods you eat that are different from

  • other families around you? Do you have specific meals that you eat on

  • special occasions, like birthdays or holidays?

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