I just watched all three episodes of Jennifer Garner’s Pretend Cooking Show and I think I’m hooked. And actually, I’m surprised.
Let’s face it – we’ve all grown a little weary of most cooking shows, right? You can’t change the channel without seeing someone torturing themselves with the world’s spiciest food, or competing to see who can make a meal out of their lawn clippings and the gourmet mustards in their pantry.
(Okay, I made that last one up but trust me, it’ll be on the Food Network schedule around 2020.)
But Jennifer Garner’s show? Her casual, quirky stye is so appealing and fresh it’ll make you want to put on your sweats and whip up a dish alongside her.
The show features short videos — like, just two to three minutes — of the actress actually cooking in her own kitchen, which is refreshing. I’ve always been suspicious of celebrity cooking shows, wondering who is actually rolling up their sleeves behind the camera to prep and clean.
(As much as we like Tori Spelling, do we believe she’s perfectly styling her own potato salad complete with “beautiful vintage-inspired tablescape”?)
If you want to start with December’s premiere episode of Jennifer Garner’s Pretend Cooking Show, here she pays tribute to Ina Garten by making the Barefoot Contessa’s Honey White Bread recipe. I guarantee the smell of hot, baking bread practically wafts from your computer.
And you can tell from those dog-eared pages littered with post-it note bookmarks (let alone the collection of them lined up on her kitchen counter) that her cookbooks are well-used and she’s a real home cook here.
Hey, the sound isn’t even good, but in the best possible way. Celebrities, they’re just like us!
In Episode 2, Garner makes an appearance in her pajamas, glasses, and mom bun morning hair, making Huckleberry English Muffins with the assistance of her golden retriever, Birdie. (Did you think I was going to say her assistant?)
In the latest episode, The Bagel Chronicles, Take 2 (at top), Garner takes us through her baking process while talking to herself, and yeah, it’s as adorable as it sounds.
We even get a view out her gorgeous kitchen’s window of the patio of my dreams, and hey, I don’t hate her!
It probably won’t be long before she has her own food show on a big network, but I’m really hoping Jennifer Garner continues cooking on the Pretend Cooking Show in this intimate setting – and wearing her pajamas every time.
All screenshots © Jennifer Garner’s Pretend Cooking Show