James May: Oh Cook

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James May is not a chef. But that’s the whole point: you don’t need to be a brilliant cook to make delicious food. Transporting us to the Far East, the Med, and the local pub – all from the comfort of a home economist’s kitchen – he’ll knock up delicious recipes that you can actually make yourself, with ingredients you can actually buy. And all without the usual television cooking format trickery.
Starring
James MayNikki Morgan
Genres
Unscripted
Subtitles
English [CC]العربيةČeštinaDanskDeutschΕλληνικάEspañol (Latinoamérica)Español (España)SuomiFilipinoFrançaisעבריתहिन्दीMagyarIndonesiaItaliano日本語한국어Bahasa MelayuNorsk BokmålNederlandsPolskiPortuguês (Brasil)Português (Portugal)RomânăРусскийSvenskaதமிழ்తెలుగుไทยTürkçe中文(简体)中文(繁體)
Audio languages
EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]DeutschEspañol (España)Español (Latinoamérica)FrançaisItalianoPolskiPortuguês日本語

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  1. 1. Asian Fusion
    November 12, 2020
    32min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC], العربية, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Suomi, Filipino, Français, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description], Deutsch, Español (España), Español (Latinoamérica), Français, Italiano, Polski, Português, 日本語
    James kicks off his culinary adventure with a uniquely British spin on food from across the Asian continent. There’s (con)fusion aplenty as he experiments with some rather unexpected ingredients, all under the watchful gaze of the pantry-residing home economist Nikki.
  2. 2. Pub Classics
    November 12, 2020
    32min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC], العربية, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Suomi, Filipino, Français, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description], Deutsch, Español (España), Español (Latinoamérica), Français, Italiano, Polski, Português, 日本語
    In preparation for this episode James has selflessly undertaken nearly forty years of meticulous fieldwork. With a pint in hand, he fries the perfect steak, puts a metropolitan liberal elite spin on humble pie, and tops it all off with something the Brits do rather well: vandalism.
  3. 3. Pasta
    November 12, 2020
    28min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC], العربية, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Suomi, Filipino, Français, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description], Deutsch, Español (España), Español (Latinoamérica), Français, Italiano, Polski, Português, 日本語
    The Mediterranean calls and James dives headfirst into the world of pasta. With home economist Nikki at his side (when she’s not in her cupboard), he whips up an array of Italian classics – some more tradizionale than others. From antique kitchen gadgets to carbonara conundrums, James washes down his Apennine adventures with a glass (bottle) of Chianti.
  4. 4. Curry
    November 12, 2020
    28min
    ALL
    Subtitles
    English [CC], العربية, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Suomi, Filipino, Français, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description], Deutsch, Español (España), Español (Latinoamérica), Français, Italiano, Polski, Português, 日本語
    Asian icon, British favourite. James attempts to tear up the takeaway menus and cook an Indian inspired feast featuring lamb keema, dal, chapatis, and a speedy raita. Can our have-a-Goa kitchen hero impress home economist Nikki with a Delhi-cate balance of spices?
  5. 5. Pudding
    November 12, 2020
    30min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC], العربية, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Suomi, Filipino, Français, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description], Deutsch, Español (España), Español (Latinoamérica), Français, Italiano, Polski, Português, 日本語
    James sets out to prove that the proof really is in the pudding, as cakes, custards and crumbles are all on the menu today. With a bit of help from Nikki his Victoria Sponge turns out a triumph, while revisiting a simple youthful pleasure results in a Spotted Dick.
  6. 6. Breakfast
    November 12, 2020
    28min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC], العربية, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Suomi, Filipino, Français, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description], Deutsch, Español (España), Español (Latinoamérica), Français, Italiano, Polski, Português, 日本語
    Regularly described as the most important meal of the day before elevenses, James is living proof that eating a regular, hearty breakfast can make you fitter and healthier. In this episode he succeeds with a Middle Eastern classic but makes a right hash of a specialty closer to home. Then it’s time to channel his inner hipster with some avocado soldiers.
  7. 7. Roast
    November 12, 2020
    27min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC], العربية, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Suomi, Filipino, Français, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description], Deutsch, Español (España), Español (Latinoamérica), Français, Italiano, Polski, Português, 日本語
    James concludes his culinary journey with the oft weekend nemesis, the Sunday roast. Disavowing the usual television skulduggery and having promised he’ll make the crew lunch, the race is on to get everything ready at the same time. Expect spuds, sprouts, and musings on a mid-life crisis.

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Directors
Will DawsTom Whitter
Producers
Plum Pictures LimitedNew Entity Limited
Season year
2020
Content advisory
Alcohol use
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V. MannixReviewed in the United States on November 13, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsBollocks
Absolute bollocks.
72 people found this helpful
MarionReviewed in the United States on November 15, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsJames Being Lovely James in the Kitchen...Only Better
James May is known for his patient-leaning-towards-ponderous style, but this project has a snappy pace and the popular "Mr. Slowly" shines in his own content. As much as anyone, I enjoy his appropriate scratchiness with his irritating (but lovely) 17-year-old mates Hammond and Clarkson; but he is so endearing on his own - and usefully educational. I actually want to do some of the recipes.
Production-quality-wise, I love the extended style of eliminating the 4th wall altogether borrowed from his other shows. I especially thought it added spice that the director's most pointless and annoying suggestions are edited right into the show for your derision. I am sure he's not the idiot who hung the Vertigo Cam too far past the center work surface. A bit of an oversight, but why the director didn't order it re positioned is a mystery ranked among the likes of DB Cooper's whereabouts.
Overall, a masterful showcase of James' essential style. It's outcome looks effortless and as if they simply turned on the cameras and let James do whatever he bloody-well pleases, edited out the moaning, and called it a show. Superb music cues, by the way.
42 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on November 16, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsJoy to watch
Beautiful show to watch, and i likely will buy the book for the fun of it.

Lets face it, James is the only one who could do a show like this.

Hammond would find a way to crash the kitchen over a cliff, and clarkson would try to spice up a ramen dish with "MORE POWER!!!" and add a kilo of Carolina Reapers. It takes the measured pace, and quick whit of James to do a cooking show.

(Also the best part is that he was smart enough to hire a real cook, and has no shame about it! In every other celebrity cook book they try to fake having real cooking talent and original recipes. James however is honest, grabs a real chef, and shoves her very publicly in his back pocket. Got to love it!)
27 people found this helpful
Red OctoberReviewed in the United States on November 13, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsOh Cook is Brilliant.
Great series, plenty of it - flood the cowling.
22 people found this helpful
Mark D. MillerReviewed in the United States on November 15, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsJust wonderful. More of this please.
James May seems like the type of "bloke" you would want as a friend. He is interesting in everything he does. Whether it be the Grand Tour, putting things back together, his wine tour with Oz Clarke, or this wonderful cooking show. And Nikki is a delight. More of her if you do this again James. And maybe bring in Oz to do wine pairings. It would be fun to see you two agree or disagree over a pairing and explain why works. Thank you!!!!
17 people found this helpful
E. WhiteReviewed in the United States on November 14, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsFunny, Refreshing, and Informative
Basically the food version of Top Gear / The Grand Tour... It is funny AND informative and not too serious. Ended up watching it all in one go. Nikki in the cupboard is a fun concept and including the crew makes the show all the more humble. A joy to watch, laugh, and plan your next meals.
15 people found this helpful
William Harris Burke IIIReviewed in the United States on November 19, 2020
4.0 out of 5 starsMore James May is Good ---> FoodTribe is better.
The Cast:

I went to Food Tribe because of James and stayed for the cast. I'm glad to see Tom here, but I want to see the rest of them like Lucy & Rachel. Obviously I'll still watch anything featuring James May, and I really like Nikki!

The Bad:

I preferred FoodTribe's dead-simple and cheap, yet delicious-looking, foods, but I'm glad he does some simple stuff.

He contradicts himself here by saying he won't use fancy tools, but then he utilizes a super-posh kitchen setup.

Also, I know he's the star, but I'd like him to interact more/be on the same level with Nikki; I'm okay with the cupboard gag now and then, but I want to see more of her.

The Good:

I love May's anecdotes and asides, and watching him fumble his way through cooking is wonderful. Seeing him make mistakes is hilarious!

I love his down-to-earth, friendly back-and-forth with the crew; what makes him so great is being a very approachable intellectual.

Great production quality and the set is nice.

Overall:

Food Tribe has easier, more charming recipes, and James gets to pal around with the cast more. Babish or Alton Brown are more informative about cooking. However, I really liked this and still want to see more of it.
9 people found this helpful
Bee StoneReviewed in the United States on November 22, 2020
3.0 out of 5 starsNot sure what to make of it
I only watched the first episode and I liked the stuff he made. He's not obnoxious. The show was in the background while I was making breakfast.

What I don't get is why they couldn't think of anything better than Nikki going in and out of a pantry closet. Maybe it's a British thing, but it's just ridiculous and pointless. Like she's hidden away, not invited to join him from offscreen but "let's bring her out of the closet where she's kept"...WHY? Just the weirdest thing.

I might watch one more episode to see if they keep this up, but it's not super-compelling.
8 people found this helpful
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