Joanna Gaines Shares Her Unconventional Approach to MAGNOLIA TABLE
By Movieguide® Staff
This year, FIXER UPPER’s Joanna Gaines launched her new cooking show MAGNOLIA TABLE and announced that the show would continue for future seasons.
However, Gaines bypassed the typical cooking show tropes to create a more homely and genuine experience for viewers.
“When I was a little girl, I loved to pretend that I was the host of my own cooking show,” Joanna said in the latest issue of Magnolia Journal for Summer 2021. “While my sisters would venture outside to ride their bikes around the neighborhood or climb trees in our backyard, I kept to the kitchen, setting up shop on our island, pouring ingredients into small bowls while talking to a camera that didn’t exist.”
Uniquely, Gaines does not film MAGNOLIA TABLE in a studio.
“I was told early on that most cooking shows are filmed in studios where variables like lighting and sound can be controlled, which all makes sense,” Joanna explained. “But I struggled with the idea of it. I’d imagined something different—a space that felt authentic, that radiated with the same warmth and familiarity of my own kitchen at home. Not only as a comfort to me, as I stepped into a real-life version of something I’d only ever played pretend, but also for anyone tuning in.”
“They are the backdrop for a lifetime of nourishing and of being nourished,” Gaines added. “And the way we feel when we step into our kitchens to create something matters and is every bit as important as the meal we’re making.”
Due to the pandemic, the first season of MAGNOLIA TABLE premiered on Discovery+ and is available to subscribers.
On July 15, the Gaines hope to launch their Magnolia Network app before their big reveal on cable TV in Jan. 2022.
Movieguide® previously reported on the upcoming slate of shows fans can expect to see on the Magnolia Network:
Although the coronavirus forced the couple to rearrange their multi-platform media joint venture with Discovery+ and delay, the Gaines’ network will not disappoint.
Here are brief descriptions of some of the shows provided by Deadline.
Art in Bloom with Helen Dealtry (New Series): Artist Helen Dealtry gives a glimpse into her creative process in this studio-based painting series, sharing the how-to of her original creations from start to finish.
The Artisan’s Kitchen (New Series): Professional baker, flour authority and lover of all things food Bryan Ford makes remixed classics and introduces recipes infused with his Honduran heritage and his New Orleans upbringing.
Homegrown: Atlanta-based farmer Jamila Norman helps families transform their outdoor spaces into beautiful and functional backyard farms while exploring the joy and benefits of growing your own food.
Jean Stoffer Design (wt) (New Series): Designer Jean Stoffer takes on some of her most ambitious projects to date around her hometown of Grand Rapids, MI. She shares the inspiration behind her stunning designs, as well as the important role family plays in her life and business.
Making Modern with Brooke and Brice (New Series): Married duo Brooke and Brice Gilliam have flipped the script on traditional home renovation roles—with Brooke as the builder and Brice as the designer. As more clients seek out their work, they take a leap of faith to launch a home remodeling business.
Mind for Design: Interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn creates breathtaking spaces with an eclectic-yet-distinctive style. Along with a team of skilled designers, Brian tackles decorating projects on any budget or within any scope, all with a dash of humor.
Ranch to Table: Seventh-generation cattle rancher and entrepreneur Elizabeth Poett tackles the work of running her family’s 14,000-acre ranch while crafting regional dishes using her own fresh ingredients.
Self Employed: Entrepreneur Jonathan Morris travels the country to share the inspirational stories and new challenges of small business owners and their journeys to building their dream jobs.
Van Go: Chewy Design Co. owner Brett Lewis renovates vans into tiny homes on the road, innovating creative solutions and tackling the many challenges that come with custom outfitting each vehicle for his clients’ lifestyles.
Zoë Bakes: Zoë François bakes and cooks her favorite recipes, from easy main dishes to delicious desserts, with a little help from her friends and family.