1924 – 1945: The Betty Crocker School of the Air
The most popular cooking show in the 20s wasn’t on TV at all. It played on the radio from 1924 until 1951, and it starred the fictional Betty Crocker. Until 1927, when The Betty Crocker School of the Air got picked up nationally by NBC Radio, the part of “Betty” was played by whoever happened to be reading the script at the local radio station! Don’t miss these 9 surprising facts about Betty Crocker.
1946: Cookery with Philip Harben
Cookery was a BBC cooking show hosted by Philip Harben, a self-taught cook. The first episode was a 10-minute tutorial on “lobster vol-au-vents.” It was the only cooking show on television when it began, and it ran for another 10 years, making him Britain’s most famous cook for a decade. (Here’s how to make lobster, step-by-step.)