It can often be perceived as only the ‘underclass’s’ that have the time and the interest to watch daytime TV programmes such as ‘Ready Steady Cook’ (the main format of this piece), and these perceptions are probably voiced by those who think that being unable to afford to buy food is luxurious- and ironically, in this type of programme, nutritional value and thrift is never quantified and celebrated as much as ‘small plates’ and decadence. It is almost laughable when a television chef suggests a ‘budget option’ for example BBC1’s Saturday Morning Kitchen – which suggests a wine under £10 to drink with each meal. It is moments like this that you realise the sheer polarisation of wealth in our society.
The presentation of the Mook, entertains with an egocentric sillyness, undermining this cookery splendour. Questioning the programmes’ structures - as tools of social cohesion, and asking whether the set up is a paradoxical form of a life suppressant?