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Old 07-19-2006, 09:05 PM   #1
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To the Rachel Ray and Emeril bashers

I truly understand why some folks don't like people like Rachel Ray and Emeril. But you should also realize that these people have gotten a lot of people interested in cooking at home, rather than going through the drive through. If not for people like Bobby Flay, Rachel ray and Emeril I might not have even gotten interested in cooking enough to seek out this site. And how sad would that be?

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Old 07-19-2006, 10:32 PM   #2
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Pretty sad.
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Old 07-19-2006, 11:15 PM   #3
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i was cooking at 7, far before these t.v. personalities.
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Old 07-19-2006, 11:25 PM   #4
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I find their shows interesting and I have learned a thing or 2 from them. I like the short cuts that they have shown on several areas of cooking. Better then watching most of the junk on the boob tube. I have cooked a long time before I found their show but I still learned things from them. It's a happy cooking show.
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that is why FOOD TV is ENTERTAINMENT, I will stop at that...
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Old 07-20-2006, 12:25 AM   #6
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it is possible to be gracious, intelligent, forthcoming, and informative in a conversation. let's try to keep it there.

both of the aforementioned "talent" (the industry term for the guy/girl in front of the camera) have good and bad points, and not all of either can be attributed to the talent themselves.

both have been the darlings of the food tv cable channel, and because of the pervasive nature of television in most westerners lives, you really can't blame them for the fact that they're jammed in your face 24/7. that's the fault of cable tv corporation's bean counters, and crappy producers/directors/creative consultants.
what would you do if given the same chance to be a star chef?

to their credit, they have the certain somethin somethin that translates on tv to the viewer. maybe not every viewer, but enough to make money for the people who make it happen.
they sell products (the reason for their existence on tv), but they also teach, entertain, and inspire a loosely measured amount of people to both try out and maybe fulfill their culinary inquisitions. that can't be all bad.
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Old 07-20-2006, 10:49 AM   #7
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that is why FOOD TV is ENTERTAINMENT, I will stop at that...
I realize that. I have often wondered what different things a restaurant chef would do as opposed to what I see on food network. Also, I am not trying to start a war with this, just speaking my mind.

I suppose if there were a TV show about computer professionals I would have something to critique with it!
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Old 07-20-2006, 11:47 AM   #8
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I keep the food channel on fairly often almost as background...It keeps me mindful of the need to cook new things at home and is a good motivator. I have learned quite a bit about ingredients and some about technique. Sometimes I practice scales and the boring stuff with the food channel on and the volume down and pick up ideas that way. Hey, it works! The hands get their workout and then I can go and put together a new killer sandwich when I finish.

I am getting a popup search strip at the bottom of the screen every time I try to use an apostrophe. What is with that???
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Old 07-20-2006, 12:11 PM   #9
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I enjoy some of the cooking programs, but one thing I find in almost all of them that is very annoying: some procedures, they seem to credit themselves with inventing it, or discovering it, when actually many of them have been used for years. As much as I learned from Julia, she never took credit for something she didn't do herself. When a guest presented new information to her, she always gave them their due. Many of the current cooks/chefs could learn a lot from her. I suppose Paula is one of the worst at what I mentioned with her "as I was formulating this recipe", usually one you can find in any basic cookbook, but with an added oversupply of butter, sour cream, cream cheese or mayo. I suppose it is time for me to watch something besides cooking programs as much as some of them are getting on my nerves.
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Old 07-20-2006, 12:49 PM   #10
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I enjoy the cooking shows

Most of the shows I enjoy some of them I really do not like,
(semi-home made) I just do not like her can't think of her name
right now. She talks like we are either little tots or just plain stupid.
I like the idea of the show just not her or should I say the way she talks.

I too have been cooking forever, I taught myself at first, my Mom and Dad
both worked my sister and I took care of the house and the meals. She
hated cooking and I hated laundry. I cooked and cleaned she did the laundry
and cleaned.

Later I dated a chef at one of the upscale places here in KC. He taught me
the basics to being a very good cook. Lucky for me that relationship did
not work out. Have heard lots a negative things about him over the years.

I have learned many things off the shows and have tried many different
recipes from watching them.

I also like it when my kids enjoy watching the shows, better than
them watching sponge bob all the time.
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