Why We’re Watching “Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines”


Joanna Gaines, queen of shiplap, Waco and HGTV, has added a jewel to the crown that is her ever increasing lifestyle empire. Just last weekend, her new cooking television show, Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines, premiered on the Food Network.

The series features Gaines anchored behind the counter of her immaculately decorated and sun-drenched kitchen, cooking and explaining her way through a repertoire of favorite recipes. According to her website, spending time in the kitchen has been a boon to Gaines during stressful times. “Nothing about the way I cook is fancy or complicated, but over the years the kitchen has become such an important space for me, so it’s an honor to cook alongside you as we make some of my favorite recipes,” she writes.

For now, the show can be watched on Food Network and is streaming via Discovery+, but later this year will transition to Magnolia Network, the Gaines’ very own television platform, where it will be joined by other shows like their up-and-coming home renovation series, Fixer Upper: Welcome Home. Magnolia Table sees Gaines returning to television for the first time in two years since the last season of HGTV’s Fixer Upper, the show she stars in alongside her husband Chip. The two are at the helm of a lifestyle empire that spans restaurants, products, online content, and TV shows.

On the show’s premiere episode, Gaines prepared nostalgic dishes from her childhood. Citing her Lebanese heritage and afternoons spent in her grandfather’s kitchen, she shared recipes for fatayar (meat filled pies), a fresh salad, baklava, and a white bean hummus. All the recipes she prepares can be found online here. In the second episode she features her favorite Thanksgiving style dishes (think casserole and green beans!) and for the third, a fettuccine alfredo and tiramisu. More episodes are slated to premiere later this year.

For a little preview, check out this trailer she posted to her Instagram below.

Will you be tuning in? Let us know in the comments.

Valerio is a freelance food writer, editor, researcher and cook. He grew up in his parent’s Italian restaurants covered in pizza flour and drinking a Shirley Temple a day. Since, he’s worked as a cheesemonger in New York City and a paella instructor in Barcelona. He now lives in Berlin, Germany where he’s most likely to be found eating shawarma.

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