When it comes to relaxing content, cooking shows are the creme de la creme of easy-watching feel-good TV. Whether a host is taking you on a tour of essential culinary destinations and uncovering the hidden foodie gems of the world, teaching you the history behind a favorite food you take for granted, or competing in a high-stakes cooking contest for the grand prize, there’s something about food that takes us back to our comfort zone. There’s a reason Food Network’s ratings zoomed upwards following 9/11, when viewers turned to easy entertainment for comfort (a fact Alton Brown eloquently discussed on his all-timer Hot Ones appearance.)
Which makes food TV the perfect watching material for our current trying times, especially while so many of us are doing a bit of nesting in the midst of the ongoing pandemic response. So, whether you’re looking for some feel-good foodie fun to watch on Netflix, want to do some second-hand traveling, or need some inspiration for what to cook tonight, we’ve got you covered with the best food and cooking shows on Netflix right now.