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Old 12-09-2014, 09:41 PM   #51
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Nowadays everybody saying, "when are you inviting us over for some of your food?"
Omg, you are so right, CharlieD! You can easily become center of any crowd by just cooking something basic.
I remember last year we were invited to a friend's Christmas potluck. I brought a baked sweet potato casserole dish (everyone raved like no tomorrow!) Thats because the rest of the food brought by other people (including the host!) were take out pizza, pre-made grocery salad, frozen nuggets from M&M and bars of chocolate.

My question is.... if Food Network is so popular and A LOT of people watch it. Why so few actually cook?
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Old 12-09-2014, 10:28 PM   #52
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My brother and I both cook almost everything we eat from scratch, although he will take shortcuts that I don't take (use a boxed cake mix, for example). Our father's only interest in cooking was always to get in the way in the kitchen (hovering--I hate people who hover in the kitchen--either help or get out of the way). The DH has a habit of pacing and sampling everything. That's when I put him to work helping. A friend call's it my kitchen dance because I have everything coordinated and orchestrate everything on schedule. To me it comes as naturally as breathing. I don't have to think about it.

I cook from scratch for a number of reasons--I enjoy it, it makes financial sense, I know what is (and what isn't) in each dish, and I have almost always worked from home, so stopping on the way home from work for take-out wasn't an option. Having a well-stocked pantry/fridge/freezer means I don't have to go grocery shopping except to restock items I've used up. I rarely go out to eat. If I do, it is to hook up with a friend.
My dad would cook, he wasn't a big creative cook, but cooked certain things quite well. He was known for his baked beans (learned from his dad), turkey and dumpling soup made after holidays, breakfast of all kinds, etc..
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Old 12-09-2014, 10:33 PM   #53
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...My question is.... if Food Network is so popular and A LOT of people watch it. Why so few actually cook?
Food Network isn't about food anymore. It's about food based reality competitions.
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Old 12-10-2014, 12:41 AM   #54
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Agree with those who have mentioned the importance of eating at least one meal a day as a family, if at all possible.

I wasn't really 'taught' or actively encouraged to cook, but I was never kicked out the kitchen, either. I hung around from an early age and watched my grandmas and my parents cooking, and helped if I was asked to. Around 10 years old or so I was following recipes for choc chip cookies and banana bread by myself, then when I was around 14 my mom went back to work and I started fiddling around with spaghetti sauces and meatloaves and such, since I got home from school about 2 hours before they got home from work. They were always appreciative of whatever I made, and I don't remember them ever saying I should have done this or that differently. I'm sure that was an encouragement in itself.

My own daughters didn't really show much interest in cooking until they were married, but now they are very creative and love trying out new ways of cooking. They both have preschoolers so they don't have a lot of time, but they consider home cooked meals a big part of their family life when they can make it happen. I hope my grandchildren take up an interest in it, too.
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Old 12-10-2014, 06:13 AM   #55
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Food Network isn't about food anymore. It's about food based reality competitions.
When food network first started , i tuned in religiously, but as Andy said, it has deviated away from producing actual cooking shows, and has focussed more on reality. I still catch Jacques Pepin and Julia on PBS.

Many of the people I know, who sill watch the Food Network and like to cook too, almost seem brainwashed to me. Continuously reciting catch phrases, telling me what dishes and ingredients are trendy, referring to the Food Network chefs as ' the greatest chefs'....

I think the Food Network has /had its place in making cooking enjoyable and making many things available to people who maybe either never had cooking experiences when growing up, or enhancing people who have had such experiences but want to expand.

With all the cookbooks, live cooking demo's and ' In your face' celebrity promotions, I think that it has definitely made cooking a 'trendy' thing to do over the past decade. But n my opinion, in addition to making it trendy, it has created many " Food Snobs" , people who think they know everything just cause they tune in once a week, and also take these cooking celebs word as gospel.
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Old 12-10-2014, 06:19 AM   #56
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Whats kind of funny to me is, although I am far from a professional cook, and its clearly not its not my profession ( just a hobby), I take more pride and enjoyment when people compliment my cooking or ask me my advice on cooking than if they ask me professional advise from my occupation.
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Old 12-10-2014, 07:24 AM   #57
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When food network first started , i tuned in religiously, but as Andy said, it has deviated away from producing actual cooking shows, and has focussed more on reality. I still catch Jacques Pepin and Julia on PBS.

Many of the people I know, who sill watch the Food Network and like to cook too, almost seem brainwashed to me. Continuously reciting catch phrases, telling me what dishes and ingredients are trendy, referring to the Food Network chefs as ' the greatest chefs'....

I think the Food Network has /had its place in making cooking enjoyable and making many things available to people who maybe either never had cooking experiences when growing up, or enhancing people who have had such experiences but want to expand.

With all the cookbooks, live cooking demo's and ' In your face' celebrity promotions, I think that it has definitely made cooking a 'trendy' thing to do over the past decade. But n my opinion, in addition to making it trendy, it has created many " Food Snobs" , people who think they know everything just cause they tune in once a week, and also take these cooking celebs word as gospel.
Yeah, I definitely see them as the main reason that there is this influx of "foodies". I also think that they are largely responsible for grocery stores carrying more interesting and exotic ingredients, which is a good thing.

I too used to watch FN religiously but I don't care for what has devolved into, to the point that I had no problem getting rid of cable almost 4 years ago.
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Old 12-10-2014, 07:29 AM   #58
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...Continuously reciting catch phrases...

Funny you mention this. I am one of those people. Though I gave on FN long time ago, I love repeating Emril: " I don't know where you get your chicken, but where I get mine it don't come seasoned...."
But that is mostly because majority of people I deal with are so health conscience that not only they do not use nearly enough salt, but they don't even use seasonings.
As far as I understand FN moved away from real cooking because it was not as popular.


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Old 12-10-2014, 09:27 AM   #59
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The Food Network has a very bright marketing team. They do a great jog acquiring and audience, which in turn as CharlieD mentioned, creates the need for stores to carry a wide range of products that were unheard of by many ( including me) many years ago. So for that, I am thankful. The internet helps quite a bit too. In general, as long as you have a computer, internet connection and a mailing address, you can get just about anything you want within a few days. For someone like me, who doesnt travel abroad much ( or at all), this is very helpful. Now when I see a recipe , there are very few limits since all the ingredients are a push of a button away.
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Old 12-10-2014, 02:53 PM   #60
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Now when I see a recipe , there are very few limits since all the ingredients are a push of a button away.
Well said, Larry. Especially with Amazon Fresh is starting to launch (in Canada). I'm quite excited for that!
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