About My Show

About My Show

Watch for a New Series of Christina Cooks on Public Television in January 2020 and Create TV later in 2020

Back to the Cutting Board Show

Back to the Cutting Board

After a six-year hiatus, Christina Cooks is back. Taking the time to travel, teach and write a new cookbook, Christina returns to national public television with a fresh take on her always-consistent message of wellness and healthy eating.

In this re-introduction of the game-changing original series “Christina Cooks,” launched in 1997, we take you back to simple times and to the idea that whole, fresh food can be delicious.

With more than 225 episodes produced to date, Christina’s message is clear and still unique: what we choose to eat has a big impact on how we look, feel, age and move through this challenging world.

So what’s so different about this series of Christina Cooks? Christina is still the same funny, engaging, well-informed host she always has been but her message takes on a new…directness, an urgency if you will as she hopes to inspire us to change how we think about food.

Drawing on her Traditional Chinese Medicine, her Master’s Degree in Food Science and Nutrition and plain old common sense, Christina takes the viewer on a journey to re-engage with the soul of cooking, from the slice of the knife to the aroma of steam rising from a perfectly cooked dish. Using plant-based recipes and the freshest seasonal ingredients along with simple techniques designed to optimize food’s natural flavors, Christina reintroduces the viewer to the creative potential of cooking and transforms the kitchen into the most delicious, nurturing sanctuary.

With easy to prepare recipes made from accessible ingredients from her new book, “Back to the Cutting Board,” in a theatrical setting of an imagined European courtyard, Christina invites you to take a step back and truly enjoy every step of the process of cooking great food. Finding the joy in cooking has never been so simple…or delicious!

Episodes and Recipes

Episode 101

The Italian Table
I’m Italian and Irish. I must admit that I owe my storytelling to my Irish ancestors. But cooking? That’s all Italian, baby. Today it’s all about the Italian Table as we go back to the cutting board today on Christina Cooks.

Recipes:
Pappa Al Pomodoro
Pasta with Pesto, Potatoes and Greens
Baci di Dama

Episode 102

Where Do I Begin?
Healthy eating has an image problem. It’s complicated, right? Tough to change our eating style, right? Nah. It’s simple, delicious and so easy. I’ll show you how as I take you back to the cutting board, today on Christina Cooks.

Recipes:
Hearty Lentil Soup with Fresh Herbs
Bitter Green Salad with Nutty Vinaigrette
Ginger Poached Pears

Episode 103

Your Real Happy Meal
Think wellness and joy comes packaged in a brightly colored box…or yikes…a bucket? Sorry, kids but happiness begins in the kitchen where we cook fresh foods to create strength and wellness. It’s time to get back to the cutting board and cook today on Christina Cooks.

Recipes:
Black Bean Burgers
Cracked Potatoes
Almond Joyfuls

Episode 104

Fear Factor
Quick! Lock the door! We never know what could be lurking outside. We live in challenging times but if everything scares the pants off you, maybe there’s more to it? There is and it begins with your kidneys. Let’s shake off the fear that threatens to overwhelm us by going back to the cutting board today on Christina Cooks.

Recipes:
Veggie Hotpot with Biscuit Topping
Brussels Sprouts with Shiitake, Daikon and Baby Carrots
Sesame Hiziki Salad

Episode 105

The Beat Goes On
Experts have concluded…again…that most heart disease is both preventable and treatable with lifestyle changes. Gee…do you think that’s why they’re called a 'lifestyle disease?' Maybe a few diet tweaks could keep our tickers ticking? Let’s find out as we go back to the cutting board on how we think about heart health today on Christina Cooks.

Recipes:
Tempeh Reuben
Farro with Cauliflower
Carrot Almond Cake

Episode 106

A Simple Supper
You’re in the driveway. Panic sets in. Inside, a hungry family awaits. Can you get a delicious, healthy meal on the table quickly? Yup. Just takes a little planning. It’s time to go back to the cutting board, today on Christina Cooks.

Recipes:
Chickpea Farro Soup
Stir-Fried Cauliflower and Mustard Greens in Lemon-Sesame Sauce
Peanut Butter Marvels

Episode 107

Pasta Love
Is there anything better than a steaming bowl of pasta? I think not. But wait…isn’t pasta made up of evil, fat-producing carbs? Oh, honey, you don’t know what you’re missing if you’ve taken pasta off your plate. Let’s get back to the cutting board…and the pasta pot today on Christina Cooks.

Recipes:
Pasta e Fagioli
Pasta with Broccoli-Pine Nut Pesto
Italian Couscous and Veggie Salad

Episode 108

The Med-iterranean Table
We hear a lot about the Mediterranean and its impact on wellness. Is there more to this gorgeous region than blue seas and sunny skies? Si si si…and it’s all about what’s on your plate. Time to get back to the cutting board and discover the joys of the world’s healthiest diet today on Christina Cooks.

Recipes:
Hot, Hot, Hot Black Bean Soup
Cannellini Beans with Greens
Pignoli Cookies

Episode 109

Want to Be a Happier Camper?
Cranky in the morning? Impatient with everyone? Hate waiting in line or yikes…sitting in traffic? Easily irritated? Is it just modern life or? It’s your liver, baby! Let’s get back to the cutting board and fix that little gland right up today on Christina Cooks.

Recipes:
Squash and Sweet Corn Chowder
Sweet and Savory Brussels Sprouts
Warm Escarole and Shiitake Salad

Episode 110

Let’s Stop Sugarcoating the Truth
Ever notice all the ads for diabetes medicine? Do you think it’s as scary as I do? It’s become a dark cloud over all of us. But does it have to be? Nope. Not if we cook to prevent and manage it. Wait, what? We can do that? We sure can and I’ll show you how as we go back to the cutting board today on Christina Cooks.

Recipes:
Daikon-Shiitake Consommé
Sweet Nishime Squash
Spiced Pecan Baked Apples

Episode 111

Let’s Just Skip Getting Sick
Health statistics are scarier than a horror novel! And while no one gets out of life alive, we can try to live whatever moments we do have in wellness and vitality. Health begins in the kitchen and I’ll help you find your way as we go back to the cutting board today on Christina Cooks.

Recipes:
Creamy Mushroom Soup
Kale Salad with Chickpeas
Pumpkin Squares

Episode 112

I Just Want a Little Something
We eat three squares a day. Or do we? Many of us graze all day long, going from snack to meal to snack to meal. Since it seems we eat everywhere from the opera to the gas station to the bank, let’s at least make sure what we’re eating serves our wellness. Let’s get back to the cutting board and snack well today on Christina Cooks.

Recipes:
Pita Chips with Hummus
Pecan Squares
Asteroids

Episode 113

Why Italians Live Well…A Story of Lentils
Anyone who knows me knows I am obsessed with lentils! Some say it’s being Italian, but I say it’s also about the benefits these yummy humble beans bring to my wellness. Let’s fall in love with lentils as we go back to the cutting board today on Christina Cooks.

Recipes:
Red Lentil-Corn Chowder
Waldorf Salad
Crostini with Lentil Pate