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Favorite cooking show?

Discussion in 'Food Forum' started by hwyhobo, Nov 25, 2003.

  1. hwyhobo


    Jun 3, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    For the ease of instruction and the overall "down-to-earthness" (is there such a word??) of the recipes, I like "Jacques Pepin's Kitchen: Cooking with Claudine" the most of all shows on TV (it's on PBS in my area). For the wildest ideas that I only occasionally attempt to reproduce but always enjoy watching I like "Iron Chef" the most.

    Shows I can't stand: "Emeril Live" - it's all showmanship and no substance. His "The Essence of Emeril" is quite good, however.

    What's your favorite cooking show?
  2. MrsKitty


    Mar 23, 2003
    I like Emeril Live. I find him amusing but sometimes I really don't care for what he is fixing on there;g

    Cooking Live is more pratical. I got to meet Sara Moulton at a book signing a few years ago. She is so tiny! Itty bitty!

    I like the show with the guy who rescues your disaster meal that you can never get right but I cannot think of it's name right now;Q

    I love pasta so Mario Batalli (sp?) is another favorite;f

  3. kckndrgn


    Feb 20, 2003
    My favorite (and the wifes too) is Good Eats. Lots of information and is fun to watch. Never did like Emeril. But since we diconnect our cable for a few months no more food channel. <sigh>

  4. Shoeless

    Shoeless Gun Totin' Girl

    Nov 25, 2001
    Planet Earth
    I like Tyler's Ultimate and Food 911 (also hosted by Tyler Florence). Ok, wait, maybe I just like that handsome Tyler... ;)

    I also like The Naked Chef because his dishes are very simple to make and he's all about using good fresh food and simple ingredients.

    One girl that really bugs me is that Rachael Ray from 30 Minute Meals and $40 A Day. Blecch, her personality is just too over the top for me.

    I do like Emeril, I have to say. He seems fun and he obviously really loves to cook.

  5. Zak3056

    Zak3056 NRA Life Member

    Jul 29, 2001
    Greeneville, TN
    Favorite "cooking" show has GOT to be Iron Chef (Japanese, not American.)

    My favorite shows that I actually try to learn something from are Great Chefs (I like the format--one apetizer, one main course, one desert--and the narrator has a great voice) Boy Meets Grill, and Good Eats.
  6. Cinic

    Cinic Spongy Member

    Nov 17, 2001
    Tempe, AZ
    ;m You keep talking about my future wife like that and I'll come to GA and kick your butt! ;f If anyone is annoying and over the top, it's Tyler. ;a

    From what I hear/read, she's like that in person too...always happy and bubbly. And honestly, she has some really good, quick recipes on the 30 Minute Meals show.

    Look up her salmon cakes. They're awesome.
  7. norm357


    Feb 20, 2003
    Its a toss up between Emeril Live and Good Eats for recipes. For pure entertainment I love Iron Chef(Japanese).

  8. hwyhobo


    Jun 3, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    Shoeless wrote:
    You like Emeril, and you think Rachael is over the top? ;P :)
  9. hwyhobo


    Jun 3, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    I didn't even know there was any other version. Live and learn.
  10. Eddie C.

    Eddie C. Administrator Moderator CLM

    Feb 21, 2002
    State of Confusion

    Shoesie, I like Rachael Ray. I think she's adorable and has a great personality. I also like Emeril. ;f
  11. J Sand

    J Sand Lost cause

    Nov 24, 2003
    Playing Hide and Seek...
    I also find the Iron Chef entertaining. I honestly don't know if I would ever eat anything on the show though.
  12. SanduneCC

    SanduneCC Senior Member

    Sep 10, 2001
    Boondocks, USA
    Rachael Ray is a cutie and knows her way around the kitchen - my fantasy girl! ;+
  13. Zak3056

    Zak3056 NRA Life Member

    Jul 29, 2001
    Greeneville, TN
    There is, unfortunately, an American version of Iron Chef.

    To give you an idea of just how bad it is, it's hosted by William Shatner.
  14. hwyhobo


    Jun 3, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    Zak3056 wrote:

    Sometimes ignorance is bliss. I am glad I never saw it.
  15. hwyhobo


    Jun 3, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    lethal tupperwa wrote
    Hm. Nope.

    Of old shows, I used to love Jeff Smith's The Frugal Gourmet. It was recorded in Jeff's home town, Seattle. Anyone remembers this one? It had quite a following, but then Jeff retired and that was that. Recipes from that show are still abundant on the net.
  16. 23skidoo

    23skidoo Deceased

    May 23, 2002
    Big Chimney, WV
    I remember "The Frugal Gourmet" very well and it was far and away my favorite cooking show until "Good Eats" came along. Jeff Smith had some Michael Jackson style personal problems and PBS dropped him post haste. That was the reason behind his 'retirement'. Even if I didn't care for the food he was preparing that day I always enjoyed the history lesson that went along with it. Alton Brown is about the closest thing to Jeff Smith on the tube now, although Alton is much more technical than The Frug was. I truly love both shows.
  17. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

    Oct 23, 2000
    California & New Mexico, US
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the American Iron Chef cooking show only has two episodes? Those are the only two episodes that I've seen and I haven't heard any more about it.

    Also the Nigella chick from England hosted a rather nice cooking show. She is drop dead gorgeous!!! A little bit thick, but I'd still hit it!
  18. Neal

    Neal Millennium Member

    Jan 2, 1999
    Cajun guy named Justin Wilson. He may be deceased now, but it was a great show several years ago. Anyone else remember him ?