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; check your local listings for exact hour and channels.
Monday (August 8)
Martha Bakes: Martha shares a recipe you'll want to keep handy: pate brisee. She uses it to make mile-high apple pie, poached-pear dumplings, and tomato tart with garlic and Comté. 11 am., Hallmark.
Unwrapped: The focus is on supermarkets. Explore the detailed history of Kroger grocery stores, marvel at art made from price stickers, and learn about hand-held price scanners. 7 pm., Food Network.
The Best Thing I Ever Ate: Alton Brown, Gail Simmons, and Alex Guarnaschelli detail their favorite finger foods, from fried pickles to bacon-wrapped matzo balls. 10 pm., Food Network.
Sugar High: Duff Goldman treks out to L.A. to experience chilled bread pudding and a special shaved ice. 10:30 pm., Food Network.
Tuesday (August 9)
Kitchen Impossible: The team transforms a colorful kitchen into a sleek, modern space. 9:30 am., HGTV.
Hell's Kitchen: The ten chefs who've made it this far go head-to-head once again. 8 pm., Fox.
Cupcake Wars: Four pro-bakers bake cupcakes inspired by sports to be displayed at the ESPY Awards. 8 pm., Food Network.
MasterChef: The top 5 chefs compete in another grueling round. 9 pm., Fox.
Chopped: The appetizer round stars two different types of seafood and a pretty fruit, while borscht makes an unexpected appearance in the dessert round. 10 pm., Food Network.
Wednesday (August 10)
Man vs. Food Nation: Adam encourages a Providence, Rhode Island, rugby player who attempts to down 15 hot dogs in under 45 minutes. 9 pm., Travel Channel.
Rocco's Dinner Party: Three chefs serve up a romantic dinner for Rocco, Jonathan Adler, Simon Doonan, and others. 10 pm., Bravo.
Thursday (August 11)
BBQ Pitmasters: Johnny Trigg challenges both his friends and rivals to a rib-cooking contest. 9 am., Discovery Channel.
Extreme Chef: Using food only from a 99-cent store, three chefs attempt to cater an L.A. wedding. 10 pm., Food Network.
Friday (August 12)
Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn: Quinn serves up breakfast for dinner, complete with breakfast burritos, waffles with homemade syrup, and poached eggs with tomato sauce. 11 am., Hallmark.
Barefoot Contessa: Ina prepares a meal for a child's birthday party. 5 pm., Food Network.
Heat Seekers: Aaron Sanchez and Robert Mooking head to Miami to search out the city's fieriest dishes, including Jamaican Jerk chicken and Peruvian ceviche. 10 pm., Food Network.