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Old 09-13-2010, 06:32 PM   #1
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ATK and Cook's Country

I watch these two shows when I can. The recipes are usually well done and pretty tasty. The product taste tests and product reviews can be helpful. I have made a purchase or two based on their recommendations...

...BUT You knew there was going to be a "but".

Christopher Kimball is supremely annoying.

First of all, when they show you the standard preparation of a recipe before they show their version, they always over dramatize how awful it is, purposely making a mess of it for effect.

Second, when a recipe is done and the tasting is performed, he always describes it as "FANTASTIC!" and often says it's the best "whatever" he's ever tasted.

It reminds me of infomercials for crappy products.

This over the top hyperbole is beyond what's necessary to sell the recipe. I half expect him to to say, "But wait, if you act now you can get another recipe for free! (just pay separate shipping and handling).

I'm done now. What do you think?
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Old 09-13-2010, 06:59 PM   #2
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Don't they always do that? On all the shows? MMM, it is absolutely the best and bla, bla, bla. They all do it. SOme more, some less, some are really annoing, some are ok. But all the chefs do that, I cannot stand it.
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:57 PM   #3
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Don't they always do that? On all the shows? MMM, it is absolutely the best and bla, bla, bla. They all do it. SOme more, some less, some are really annoing, some are ok. But all the chefs do that, I cannot stand it.
You're right, Charlie. Just once I'd like to see a chef taste the dish they just made and spit out out or say, "That's not very good. Not at all what I expected."

My complaint with this guy is that he makes it more dramatic than most of the others.
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Old 09-13-2010, 08:03 PM   #4
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I have never seen Christopher Kimball on tv, but I used to subscribe to his magazines and had at least two of his cookbooks. I found him extremely annoying. I sold all the magazines and books of his that I had, on eBay. I am sure this isn't true, but I would think to myself that I could write a much better article than what was published in his magazines.
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Old 09-16-2010, 06:56 PM   #5
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I find him to be mildly annoying, but I imagine he's the comic relief for those people who couldn't take straight cooking.
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Old 09-18-2010, 05:38 AM   #6
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i automatically don't like him because he looks like my lawyer. no kidding! bowtie and receding hairline and all!

i find the entire show awkwardly snobbish. i like the logic behind most of their testing, but then there's an air that their conclusion is THE one, forgetting taste is subjective.
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Old 09-18-2010, 08:17 AM   #7
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i automatically don't like him because he looks like my lawyer. no kidding! bowtie and receding hairline and all!
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You mean there are still two people in the country who wear bowties?
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Old 09-18-2010, 09:02 AM   #8
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Can't stand the show nor Kimball....Never have...Also, I have no respect/trust in/for their "tests"....The Show might ( I doubt it) improve if Kimball washed his hair, brushed his teeth etc...While I don't have Smell-A-Vision here I suspect a good bar of soap might be called for in the mix.
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Old 10-22-2010, 09:20 AM   #9
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I subscribe to Cook's Illustrated on the web and dropped my hard copy subscription. I don't care for Kimball think he comes off as a snob. However I learn a lot from the show and will continue to watch both ATK and Cook's Country.
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Old 10-22-2010, 09:53 AM   #10
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I watch the shows because they still cook. All too many cooking shows are more about travel or socializing.
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