Everyone in Italy this year — including Alison Romain, whose new cooking series will be taking us, like half of the people browsing me on Instagram, on a tour of the Amalfi Coast. CNN announced yesterday that Roman Episode Four (more) cooking show, originally slated for now-defunct CNN+, will hit CNN this fall. The show will invite audiences to Roman’s kitchen in New York and join her on her travels abroad. Sure, that sounds fun, if a little familiar.
between Bobby and Giada in Italy; Stanley Tucci: The Search for Italy; rings Chef’s tableAnd the Someone feeds an elephantAnd the Top BossAnd the salt fat acid heatI can’t help but feel a little bit of Italian culture in recent years, as if I’ve hurt my ability to watch cheese-making clips or people eating perfectly crispy Neapolitan pizza. (And that doesn’t even include Italy’s dominance of food-adjacent fantasy shows like the upcoming Netflix from scratch The second season of HBO Hospitality white lotus.) Now, I am no stranger to my dream All pray love The spectacle of spaghetti, the green-eyed monster and I were in close company this summer when I passed through several weddings and rented villas on Lake Como from friends and influencers.
However, it is all starting to feel repetitive, especially when one considers how rarely this in-depth treatment has been offered to other countries. Italy and France, for that matter, are two countries and cuisines whose territoriality is given their due in the US food scene — while many places in the world remain stylized in culinary imaginations: a visit in the ring of a food chain here and there, usually based on the same big-name cities and cooks.
It’s as if the major networks, who want guaranteed success, see the success of all this Italy-centric TV and think, Great, let’s do it again – which almost certainly happens (led overflow time to the claim last year, “Welcome to the era of prime repetition in television”). CNN is a great example of this: not only the show Roman Italy in the fall, showing the Amalfi Coast, but also Tucci’s continuation, which will explore Italy’s regions further after going to Tuscany, Naples, the Amalfi Coast, Rome, Bologna, Milan and Sicily last year.
Everything feels a little safe: showing potential travelers what American foods are already familiar, in a country that seems like a safe bet, thus reinforcing Western expectations about food of value and countries worth traveling to. I love to imagine moments on the Italian beach The talented Mr. RipleyBut what other daydreams might we have if food travel deals dared to delve deeper into places less frequently?