While it’s not exactly the eye candy of Giada or Aida, the BBC’s funniest and most popular cooking show, Two Fat Ladies, was released on DVD for American audiences July 29.

Nothing is funnier than watching fat, old British ladies ride around in a motorcycle and sidecar and cook pasta, using an Italian accent.

Take a look across the pond for a fresh take on cooking as Jennifer Paterson and Clarissa Dickson Wright join a lobsterman on the sea, cook chicken breasts and meat loaf and game Yorkshire gingerbread.

More than a cooking show, this is a travel program and a cultural journey. It only takes one episode to get hooked, and once you start watching you’ll see different foods, different tastes and different parts of the United Kingdom.

They don’t just show you how they cook, they go out to fish piers, stores and butchers to find the best materials and ingredients. And they don’t cook in some television studio, they cook where ever they find themselves — restaurants, a school and even fresh muscles picked and roasted on the beach.

The series aired in the 1990s and became popular in the states with several bestselling cookbooks, and a parody on “Saturday Night Live” by Brendan Fraser and Darrell Hammond.

Sadly, Jennifer Paterson died in August 1999 while filming the fourth season.

Special Features include a documentary tribute to Paterson, biographies of Jennifer Paterson and Clarissa Dickson Wright and a recipe booklet.

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John Guilfoil is the editor-in-chief of Blast: Boston's Online Magazine and the Blast Magazine Network. He can be reached at [email protected]. Tweet @johnguilfoil.

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