It was in a documentary film class in school years ago, after seeing Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers, that I first realized that food could make for great TV. Food is such a common touchstone for culture, natural history, and family tradition that it naturally lends itself to interesting stories.
Cooking Up a Story doesn't feature a chef with his own cookware line. It's a "weekly show about food and people" that mixes our common history at the table with good classic storytelling. I'll be subscribing to the RSS feed immediately to see what comes after the first two episodes - a four-generation sausage making family and a winery in winter.