Mom's Cooking



Families bond over food; some gender stereotyping.

What parents need to know

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.


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

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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.

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

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Cast:Joe Corsano
Network:Lifetime Television
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:NR

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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