A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Conversations about the history of holidays with culturally diverse families and individuals provides insight into traditions and holidays. Food conveys stories of people who have immigrated to the U.S., and their tribal, ethnic, and cultural histories are carefully considered in this show.
Immigrants work to make their communities better. Sometimes paths to cultural acceptance are hard won, but worth the fight. Never forget what came before you. Hope is for everyone. Family is the heart of community. Love fills homes where food is shared. Support one another. Food and land are integral to the body and soul. Face up to history and know your ancestors' roles. Taking responsibility is honorable. Doing something good connects all of us.
Positive Role Models
From a Holocaust survivor to a tribal spokeswoman, there are many role models to look for in this show. Padma Lakshmi herself is someone who has immigrated to a new country and has fought for her right to speak and be heard. Families explain their traditions and holidays, showing that traditions are important when keeping families together.
This show is all about the traditions in the United States that are different than than those typically covered in mainstream media. Varied ethnicities, traditions, values, styles, ages, and body types flourish in this series.
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Violence & Scariness
Tales are told of surviving oppression, colonization, and war crimes, but nothing bloody, gory, or graphic is shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lakshmi makes some mild jokes about how a certain food looks "vulvic," and says "I'm slightly turned on by this," which everyone at the table laughs at. In a different episode, when she sticks her finger in a cabbage roll, she makes face and jokingly says, "It feels dirty."
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Occaisonal swearing: "s--t" and a bleeped-out "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
Specific restaurants or businesses are shown or visited, such as Russ and Daughter's, Katz's Deli, Smitten Kitchen.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
People drink wine with dinner, share alcoholic drinks with meals.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there is some swearing ("s--t," "hell") and some mild jokes about food that looks like body parts in Taste the Nation: Holiday Edition, but they are part of the banter, not the point of a scene. Cultural and ethnic holiday traditions are explored, lending depth to the meaning of holidays. This show is a reminder that many thousands of immigrants have endured suffering before they have come to the U.S., and they still are seen as outsiders by the mainstream, White Christian culture. This show celebrates diversity with families and businesses that specialize in their cuisines.
Is It Any Good?
Heartfelt, fascinating, historically accurate, and beautifully filmed, this series is a loving tribute to the American dream. Padma Lakshmi is an excellent interviewer, teasing out the best of her subjects in Taste the Nation: Holiday Edition. Not only is the food delectable and crave-worthy, but the stories have true emotional punch. Expect to shed a few tears and to laugh along with the jokes.
Teens curious about the world around them will enjoy this expansive show. Parents who are foodies, or who enjoy the multicultural stories that are threaded through U.S. society, will want more. It's a feast for the senses, and food for the soul. A great way to find inspiration during holiday season.
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