Fresh Food on TV: Weekday Edition
With all the channels on broadcast TV and cable—and the inevitable episode repeats—it's hard to sort out what's new or worthwhile. Let us sort it out for you so you don't miss anything worth watching. Times may vary with region (especially PBS shows); check your local listings for exact hour and channels.
Monday (May 24)
Paula's Best Dishes: "Ladies Who Lunch." Kick off your shoes and watch Katie Lee Joel stop by to share her recipe for souffled pumpkin pancakes. Also included is a very Maine-esque breakfast: crab Benedict! (repeat) 6 p.m. ET, Food Network
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations: "Rust Belt." Bourdain explores within our very own borders—in the "Rust Belt," with stops in Baltimore, Detriot, and Buffalo. 7 p.m. ET, Travel Channel
The Best Thing I Ever Ate: "Hometown Favorites." There's nothing like your favorite dish from home sweet home. Food Network celebrity chefs discuss their favorite foods from their hometowns. Appearing: Giada De Laurenitis; Alton Brown, Ina Garten; and Emeril Lagasse. (repeat) 9:30 p.m. ET, Food Network
Cake Boss: "Aquarium Adventures & An Announcement." An underwater-themed cake is created for a local aquarium—complete with live fish! (repeat) 9:30 p.m. ET, TLC
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives: "Porkapalooza." Watch Guy Fieri "pig out" as he samples pork dishes nationwide. Included: pulled pork in Georgia, andouille sausage in Kentucky; and honey-marinated pork chops stuffed with apples and cranberries in Long Beach. 10 p.m. ET, Food Network.
Racing Chef: A chef visits establishments on the NASCAR circuit to talk food with fans and prepares dishes with drivers. (repeat) 10 p.m. ET, Speed Network
Best Food Ever: "Darn Good Diners." Let's hope your local diner is open late in case you're inspired to stop by after watching a tour of America's best diners. 10 p.m. ET, TLC
Tuesday (May 25)
Good Morning America: Chef Cat Cora guests. And in case you're a celebrity gossip fan, also a preview of tonight's "Nightline" interview with Jesse James. 7 a.m. ET, ABC
Today Show: Paula Deen guest stars. Also (and probably separately from dear Paula): "Diet S.O.S."; creating a green kitchen. 7 a.m. ET, Today Show.
30-Minute Meals: "A Slice of Heaven." Got half-an-hour to make a gourmet Italian-inspired meal? Bolognese-bread pizza and ricotta-and-cherry focaccia pizza are prepared. 6:30 p.m. ET, Food Network
Good Eats: "Wake Up Little Sushi." Whether you're a sushi novice or extraordinaire, you'll enjoy this episode covering the history of sushi, including a look at how to order, eat, shop for and prepare the fish. 11 p.m. ET, Food Network
Wednesday (May 26)
Kitchen Nightmare: "Black Pearl." Ramsay comes to the rescue of Black Pearl, a seafood restaurant in New York City that has three owners who each run the kitchen in a different manner, resulting in a confused staff and inconsistent food. (repeat) 6 p.m. ET, BBC
Throwdown with Bobby Flay: "Crepes." Bobby Flay takes on a pair of Texan chefs in a crepes challenge. 9 p.m. ET, Food Network
Top Chef Masters: "Food of the Gods." The five remaining chefs' palates are tested in a "name that ingredient" challenge. Later they must create a meal inspired by a Greek god. 10 p.m. ET, Bravo Network
Tonight Show With Jay Leno: Paula Deen guest stars. 11:35 p.m. ET, NBC
Thursday (May 27)
Today Show: Outdoor grilling is a topic on this morning. 7 a.m. ET, NBC
Barefoot Contessa: "Pots & Plans." Ina Garten prepares a quintessential Hamptons lunch: pea soup; sandwiches made with roasted red peppers and goat cheese, and a carrot-pineapple cake are prepared. (repeat) 5 p.m. ET, Food Network
Good Eats: "Porterhouse Rules." Porterhouse steak is prepared. 8:30 p.m. ET, Food Network
Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern: "Arizona." Old and new (and of course unconventional) food approaches are discussed—from Navajo food traditions to the new age approach to food. (repeat) 9 p.m. ET, Travel Channel
Iron Chef America: "Symon vs. Fraser." Out of cookies and a warm glass of milk? Try this midnight entertainment snack of Iron Chef America. Neal Fraser battles Michael Symon. (repeat) 12 a.m. ET, Food Network
Friday (May 28)
Good Morning America: Sunny Anderson hosts a Memorial Day barbeque. 7 a.m. ET, NBC.
Paula's Home Cooking: "Sunday Brunch." Prepare for a special weekend by watching Paula cook up a mouthwatering and heart-stopping Southern brunch. Included: Baked garlic-cheese grits; applesauce bread; sausage balls; and a breakfast casserole. (repeat) 6 p.m. ET, Food Network
Man v. Food: "Baseball." Unique ballpark eats are sampled (er, demolished) at three baseball stadiums. 7:30 p.m. ET, Travel Channel
Rachael's Vacation: "Montreal." Travel vicariously through Rachael Ray (and her husband and dog) to the European capitol of North America: Montreal. Included: dining at Chez L'Epicier and Au Pied de Cochon. Hopefully foie gras poutine will be sampled! (repeat) 11:30 p.m. ET, Food Network