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Old 01-25-2006, 11:51 AM   #1
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Question Do you like to watch cooking shows?

I use to like to watch Justin Wilson,but he is passed away now,
are there any good cooking shows out there? just was wondering?

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Old 01-25-2006, 12:12 PM   #2
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I like any of the shows on Food TV. My favorites are Paula Dean's show and Tyler Florence.
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Old 01-25-2006, 12:14 PM   #3
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I also love the food Channel / www.foodtv.com
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Old 01-25-2006, 12:46 PM   #4
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I watch Food TV a lot. I like Paula, too...everything she cooks looks good. But I've learned something from most all the cooks. Even though I don't care for his personality, Mario Batali has probably taught me the most about Italian food. Sandra Lee and Ina Garten have some good tips for entertaining, as does Michael Chiorello. His Napa Valley style of cooking is very interesting. Tyler Florence does some good cooking too, but he's so cute, I'd watch him make oatmeal.
And I love Emeril. Any recipe of his that I've tried has been good. But it's his enthusiasm and personality that I enjoy most. I saw one special where he was joined by Paula Dean...that one was a blast!
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Old 01-25-2006, 12:56 PM   #5
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I love Paula Deen. I also like watching the Good Eats/Unwrapped block, as well as The Secret Life Of.... I tend to have it on in the kitchen. Giada DeLaurentis is OK, but Rachel Ray is all that. I'm usually occupied from 6 to 8 in the kitchen when I get home from work, cooking and watching my faves.

My fave Emeril show was the one with Julia Child. She was a hoot, as is expected of a 6'2" giant of a woman with a finely honed sense of humor. I actually usually prefer his non-live show (Essence) as opposed to him hamming it up for the audience, though.

I can't get into Sandra Lee at all.

And I agree. To me, Mario Batali's personality is dry and boring, though he does teach quite a bit. I kind of feel the same way about Bobby Flay. He just comes off as having a superiority complex, though he has some *great* shows.
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Old 01-25-2006, 01:00 PM   #6
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Paula Dean rocks.
I also really like Ina. They seem like "real" people.

I like the food the R. Ray cooks, it all looks yummy... but her energy level
is just a little high for me. Paul really really likes watching her though so she's on a lot around here.
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Old 01-25-2006, 01:36 PM   #7
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I like the old baking with Julia shows that are aired from time to time on PBS and also Jacques Pepin and Yang can cook.

I loved their techniques and everything they had to teach. I can say I got my love for cooking by following them. You barely get to see them now expect for reruns (julia understandbly but others not sure why)

On Food Network I like Tyler, Alton and Barefoot Contessa. My favorite show hands down is Iron Chef America since cooking is as creative process and being a type A personality I love to see what amazing results take place when creativity marries time crunch and pressure.
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I think the shows on PBS are better.

Lidia. Rick Bayless. Ming. Jacques. Julia. Mary Ann Esposito. America's Test Kitchen. Johnson and Wales. Everyday Food.

Everyday Food is the TV show from the Martha mag. Its fantastic -- a less glitzy 30Min Meals.
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I do like cooking shows, but I tend to like the ones that deal with culture and technique as much as recipes. So various episodes from many favorite hosts and chefs are faves. But just getting a quick fix recipe for another meal in minutes does not interest me much. I can read a cookbook for that in much less time.
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Old 01-25-2006, 03:31 PM   #10
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If you get BBC America, a good one to look out for is Ready, Steady, Cook. Like that one. Jamie Oliver is also quite a brilliant lad, I think, and cooks the whole foods that we like to eat.

That Emril character on US food network is a shame to cooks around the world imho. The guy needs to decide if he's going to be an actor (and a poor one at that) or a chef (again, a poor one at that). He made so many mistakes the few times I saw him that I almost felt sorry for the guy making such a you-know-what of himself. I liked Sara Moulton and that french chef, Fredrique quite a lot. Also enjoyed the ethnic show with the Indian woman, the two women who cooked southwestern/spanish and that woman that's this Iron Chef now, Cora something or other.
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