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Old 01-25-2006, 04:35 PM   #11
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I LOVE Ready Steady Cook, but no longer get BBC. Food Network had a variation on it -- Ready Set Cook, which was ok until people kept bringing in impossible ingredients, like octopus, rhubarb and molasses cookies.

Emeril is not at all a bad chef, but his showmanship does get in the way -- in a major way, IMO.

I think you refer to The Two Hot Tamales -- Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Fenigar who were fantastic cooks with a great show.

And Cat Cora and the Indian lady were on Melting Pot, which was, IMO, one of their best shows.

Sara Moulton is also a terrifically accomplished chef who was a great teacher.

FTV, IMO, has taken a turn for the worse by pulling some of the best shows (see all of the above but emeril) about food and cooking and replacing them with pith. It is telling when they tout Saturdays as "FOOD NETWORK IN THE KITCHEN" as though they are reserving a special day to broadcast shows about actual cooking. SOme of the shows demonstrate a disrespect for food and cooking that has turned me off completely. I hardly watch it anymore.
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Old 01-25-2006, 04:45 PM   #12
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I LOVE Ready Steady Cook, but no longer get BBC. Food Network had a variation on it -- Ready Set Cook, which was ok until people kept bringing in impossible ingredients, like octopus, rhubarb and molasses cookies.

Emeril is not at all a bad chef, but his showmanship does get in the way -- in a major way, IMO.

I think you refer to The Two Hot Tamales -- Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Fenigar who were fantastic cooks with a great show.

And Cat Cora and the Indian lady were on Melting Pot, which was, IMO, one of their best shows.

Sara Moulton is also a terrifically accomplished chef who was a great teacher.

FTV, IMO, has taken a turn for the worse by pulling some of the best shows (see all of the above but emeril) about food and cooking and replacing them with pith. It is telling when they tout Saturdays as "FOOD NETWORK IN THE KITCHEN" as though they are reserving a special day to broadcast shows about actual cooking. SOme of the shows demonstrate a disrespect for food and cooking that has turned me off completely. I hardly watch it anymore.

Well said, Jen. I agree with your assessment.
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Old 01-25-2006, 04:46 PM   #13
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i pretty much love any show on cooking network - my favorites have to be Paula Dean, Emeril, Mario Batali, Sandra Lee, Ina Garten, Michael Chiorello, Rachel Ray and Alton Brown - when he doesn't bore me too much. Unfortunately, the Iron Chef show gets on my nerves! Maybe it is the type of food they cook, I know I will never cook with the ingredients they pick (nor would I ever eat it!)

I have heard some interesting comments on PBS shows, I haven't watched any but may start soon.
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Old 01-25-2006, 04:54 PM   #14
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Food Network's viewership has gone through the roof since they changed their format, FWIW.
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Old 01-25-2006, 04:57 PM   #15
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Just a note from an avowed, and recognized pedant....

It's *Deen,* not *Dean.*
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Old 01-25-2006, 05:00 PM   #16
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What is FWIW?

Sorry for the mispelling - Deen.
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Old 01-25-2006, 05:02 PM   #17
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FWIW = For What It's Worth.

No apology necessary. There's a reason my wife calls me Ed (as in editor). I'm hopelessly pedantic about a lot of things.
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Old 01-25-2006, 05:05 PM   #18
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Good for them because they were a hair away from belly up as it was.

But they have lost a lot of viewers like me who know how to cook, like to learn and don't want to watch a performance or a reality show (though I did watch that New Chef (Dan and Steve show).
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Old 01-25-2006, 05:09 PM   #19
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The old PBS shows are the new Food TV network for the most part, ufortunately. Food Network really screwed up a good thing.
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Old 01-25-2006, 05:11 PM   #20
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Veloholic, thanks for reminding me about BBC. I don't get BBC at home but I love the link I have to their site that have some great recipes.

I forgot about Jamie Oliver. I really enjoyed his recipes and tried some of them as well.

For the Indian gal - her name is Padma Laxmi and although she was charming she is a model/actress and not a culinary expert by any means. She is married to Salman Rushdie the controversial novelist and resides in U.K.

I like Julie Sahai and her books although I have not seen her on many cooking shows except epicurious which airs on the Travel Channel.
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