The Great American Recipe episode 4: Dan shares a taste of his legacy, exclusive

Dan, from The Great American Recipe, photo provided by PBS
Dan, from The Great American Recipe, photo provided by PBS /

Fans of the PBS culinary competition appreciate that each episode not only brings delicious dishes to the table but the stories accompanying them seasons the food. In The Great American Recipe episode 4, fan favorite Dan shares a touching story about his grandmother. As seen in this exclusive clip provided to FoodSided, each piece of pasta is full of love.

According to PBS, The Great American Recipe episode 4, “Moveable Feasts” features the following:

"Get ready to grab and go as the remaining seven cooks prepare handheld treats and the ultimate in outdoor dining. From picnics to tailgating to poolside, everyone has a delicious dish that tastes like sunshine and fun."

Given that this episode is airing in the middle of summer, many people can relate to the idea of outdoor dining. Whether it is easy eating, lighter flavors, or classic dishes, certain foods and flavors seem to fill the table.

While there are many episodes remaining in The Great American Recipe, Dan has quickly become a favorite with many fans. From his affable personality to the stories woven into his dishes, it seems that every dish is full of seasoning and sentiment.

In this exclusive clip provided to FoodSided by PBS, the background around this pasta dish is one that will resonate with some families.

As Dan tells the story of his grandmother’s cavatelli, viewers might recall their own experiences of learning to cook with their family members. It might not be the gradual process of being able to move to using the special pasta maker, but the concept is relatable.

Another aspect of this clip is even more moving. Dan shared the little handwritten note from his grandmother. Although his grandmother might not be cooking beside him, that piece of paper is like having her hand guide each roll of the dough or sprinkle of salt.

More importantly, this moment could serve as a conversation starter for home cooks. Asking for grandma or mom to write down that family recipe is important. More than just knowing the ingredients and how-to, it is that piece of paper which can be part of family memories. Passing those little things from generation to generation is becoming more important.

In some ways, that aspect is one of the reasons why The Great American Recipe is unlike other culinary competitions. Of course, one person will earn the title, it is the stories that make this show special. Food is that universal language. It brings people to the table and facilitates that connection. Maybe during the next family dinner, everyone can turn off that device, take a bite and open themselves to what is possible.

The Great American Recipe episode 4 airs on Friday, July 15 at 9 p.m. EST. In addition, it can be streamed or watched online.