Through the discovery at the Library of Congress of some surviving audio tapes and of NBC log books, this essay seeks to provide more detailed description than hitherto available of James Beard's contributions to cooking pedagogy on American television in the immediate postwar period (specifically, 1946––47). The essay examines the style and content of Beard's pedagogy on three series, Radio City Matinee, For You and Yours, and I Love to Eat. Beard's television efforts are situated in relation to his first efforts as a public propagandist for good American cuisine in his cookbooks of the first part of the 1940s.

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