A visit to the preserved colonial village Paraty, Brazil, with food journalist John "Doc" Willoughby. Also: cookbook author Yara Roberts explains how the country's food style blends the traditions of native Brazilians, Africans and Portuguese.
A visit to Tepoztlán, Mexico, features traditional recipes and local specialties at Cocinar Mexicano, a cooking school run by area women. Included: Gourmet food editor Ian Knauer helps mill corn, stuff squash-blossom tamales and make tortillas.
A visit to Venice with Dianne Wiest featurs a lesson on cooking and eating like a Venetian from Italian countess Enrica Rocca. Included: a traditional Venetian Prosecco spritz break; a chocolate-tasting adventure.
Fish expert Jon Rowley leads a Copper River, Alaska, fishing excursion for salmon, then demonstrates how to fillet a 40-lb. fish. Also: foraging for clams and wild greens with Tom Skerritt; complementing the flavor of fish with chef Greg Atkinson (Canlis Restaurant).
This cooking-travel series hosted by Gourmet editor-in-chief Ruth Reichl opens in Tennesee, where Frances McDormand joins Reichi for a visit to Blackberry Farm, a culinary resort that produces its own vegetables, honey, eggs, preserves and artisan cheeses.