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Old 08-12-2009, 05:51 AM   #41
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use ingredients that are available to most people. price is a factor. i would like to see a show about cooking for one or two. we are not all large families.
Yeah that, and ingredients that have other uses, more common ingredients please. Also, I like recipes that use less ingredients, more is not always better!!!
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Old 08-12-2009, 06:00 AM   #42
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I hear you! and thousands of folks have told them that, and more. However they're not interested. Their "Market Research" tells them that the viewers they want to reach want to see marathons of "Unwrapped" and "Diners, Driveins and whatever." They lost me years ago.

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I like Diner, Drive-ins and Dives. I have a dream of becoming wealthy and traveling to the places on that show!!
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Old 08-12-2009, 08:13 AM   #43
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I couldn't stand it anymore and cansel FN. For the money it cost me to get it I'd rather go buy recipe books. I do not want Etertainment, I want pure coking with step by step hows and the recipes. That is what i would tell them, if they cared to listen. I doubt they do.
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Old 08-12-2009, 08:25 AM   #44
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I like Alton Brown and "Good Eats." For me, that is the best show they have. Tyler Florence and "Tyler's Ultimate" takes second place. I have learned more from these two shows than all of the others combined.
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Old 08-12-2009, 09:45 AM   #45
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and don't get me going about the way he mames the English language
I <3 Irony....

psst! brauvi! the word is maim...
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Old 08-12-2009, 10:44 AM   #46
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After reading all of these responses, the vast majority of them would have us go back 20 years or more in values and recipes of Cooking shows. That's understandable. Many people don't like change (I resist it as well), but then there is reality, and the reality is:

1.) Many of the recipes from those eras have been tremendously improved since then. And, most were basically meat and potato dishes because that is what America was eating at that time. Oh, of course fish and seafood were included, but nothing like they are today. Forget Charizo, curry, cilantro, balsamic vinegar, Calamata olives, smoked paprika or any other exotic ingredient that we often take for granted today. They didn't exist on the culinary scene of yesteryear!

2.) The production values, or should I say the LACK of good production values really dates many of the older shows, and is often quite distracting.

3.) Some of the earliest shows depended upon their chef personalities. Julia Child, Jacque Pepin had a cult-like following, and there was craziness and occasional yelling from chefs such as Graham Kerr and Martin Yan - just as there is today.

I like many, or even most of the old shows, and I would watch some of their reruns just for nostalgia, but by no stretch of the imagination are they superior to some of the shows available today. And regardless of our feelings, one way or the other, the fact is that entertainment sells! If you want just the facts and only the facts, I'm sure the Food Network, who is in business to make money, would say, "Get a cookbook."
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Old 08-12-2009, 11:11 AM   #47
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1.) Many of the recipes from those eras have been tremendously improved since then. And, most were basically meat and potato dishes because that is what America was eating at that time. Oh, of course fish and seafood were included, but nothing like they are today. Forget Charizo, curry, cilantro, balsamic vinegar, Calamata olives, smoked paprika or any other exotic ingredient that we often take for granted today. They didn't exist on the culinary scene of yesteryear!
Just because we want the style of show we had in the past does not mean the ingredients have to stay in the past. The style can remain the same with current ingredients.

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2.) The production values, or should I say the LACK of good production values really dates many of the older shows, and is often quite distracting.
I find the older styles much less distracting than the current styles. For me, when it comes to cooking shows (note I said cooking, not food travel or food contests or any other number of shows that are about food, but not cooking) less is more for me. Like I mentioned about the Great Chefs show that I loved, one of the reasons I loved it was for its simplicity. There were no "personalities", no special effects or sets, no special anything. It was a restaurant chef in his restaurant kitchen cooking the same way he does every day. The show could have taped without the chef ever knowing anyone was taping him/her because they did not do anything different for the camera. That was the most refreshing and educational cooking show I have seen in a long time.
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Old 08-12-2009, 11:19 AM   #48
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I agree when it comes to "Great Chefs!" Probably, like you, I think that was one of the best food shows that has ever been aired!! And the minimum of narration was wonderful!

But then again, I'm a proponent of sports TV WITHOUT announcers, color commentators, or any other knuckleheads voicing obnoxious opinions.
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Old 08-12-2009, 11:41 AM   #49
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Oh I would tell Bob to cut back on Bobby flays shows a bit.

I would also tell them to air more "Ask Aida" and Alton Brown shows more, And bring back the original Iron Chef!
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Many of the food shows, including the original "Iron Chef" and Malto Mario have migrated to the Fine Living Network (another of the many Food Network Owned channels.)
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