Unlike most of my friends, I’ve never been so entertained by home improvement shows – until I watched Chip and Joanna Gaines on Upper Fixator. I was hooked in the first half hour. I can mostly attribute this sudden interest to my parents, who really don’t go a weekend without listening to a Gaines family rerun, but what I can’t attribute to them is my love for Joanna. Although they are big fans of Chip – they’re really, really excited to see him prepare for demo days – I’ve waited a long time for an indie show dedicated to Joanna. The fact that he revolves around his farmhouse kitchen is just a bonus.
Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines is exactly what you imagine: Joanna showcasing some of the exact recipes you might have seen in her Magnolia cookbooks. But before you think it’s yet another cooking show, it isn’t. Well that’s true, but there is something very special about watching Joanna make some relatively simple yet mouthwatering recipes that I can easily make too. (If you think I didn’t immediately make chicken cutlets and homemade Alfredo sauce after watching episode three, then you’re a jerk.)
Joanna’s informal sound bites are all too familiar – I swear that’s what I tell myself while cooking. “Where was I?” she asks out loud as a producer reminds her off camera in the first episode of the new series. You can feel Joanna’s light aura across the screen; it is just relaxing to watch her cook. From her personal family favorites to the perfect weekend aperitifs for you and your roommates, Joanna makes you feel right at home. So far there are only five episodes streaming on Discovery +, but she uses a Danish whisk to cream a bowl of custard already lives rent-free in my mind.
Image source: Discovery / Table Magnolia