I long wanted to see Christoper Kimball off of Cooks Country. Someone who eats so WHITE (ie only likes white meat chicken and god forbid anything be spicy) shouldn't be hosting a show with such a comprehensive mix of food preparations. The jury is still out on Milk Street Television. I've seen two episodes. After 5 I will render a verdict.
Now he's off the show (hooray) and while I really enjoy Julia and Bridget as test cooks themselves they don't cut it as a host replacement. It screams "filling in for now" and that's cool but after this season let's get it together.
That said these shows aren't about the host like say, a food network show is. It's about the food, the process of making it, history, product testing etc and for that a generic milk toast segment host is perfect. Host-wise, we need a little charisma to keep us engaged between segments, add additional punch and keep us wanting more. It's a tough call indeed but those people are out there. Much like a talk show has an engaging host what brings the show together is the segments.
Dare I say without an engaging host they are losing me as a viewer. It would be a tragedy for this show concept to disappear because they perfect food, truly teach (not just entertain) and provide science. It's a winning combination it's just not enough.