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User currently offlineKLMA330 From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 697 posts, RR: 2
Posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1444 times:

The Everyday Italian thread inspired me...

Does anyone else love this network? Personally, I could take or leave food, and I can't cook to save my life, however, I just love watching these guys go at it... Perhaps it's cause I couldn't afford half the ingredients they use, and they make it look so easy, but it's a joy to watch.

Barefoot Contessa, Mario Batalli, Emeril, so on and so forth, and let's not forget IRON CHEF JAPAN! simply ROCKS!!!

Billy  Smile

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User currently offlineCactusA319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2918 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1436 times:

Yup, Food Network is definitely one of my favorite channels. It's the main reason I've gotten into cooking.

My favorites are Emeril (altough his schtick sometimes gets a little old) Bobby Flay, Alton Brown, the Barefoot Contessa, and to a lesser degree Rachel Ray (she's always good for a laugh if nothing else).

And yes, Iron Chef Japan rocks. Exotic food and extreme cheesiness all in one tidy one-hour package.


User currently offlineMax999 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 1077 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1434 times:

Best TV channel out there...

Does anyone if they have Food Network outside US and Canada? And if not, do other countries have something similiar?



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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20783 posts, RR: 62
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1433 times:

I usually watch Iron Chef at 11PM weeknights, and Giada/Ina/Michael/Dave on Saturday/Sunday mornings if I'm around. It's been on my cable system for the last 10 years, and I still don't get tired of watching Iron Chef. I wish they'd put it on DVD!

The one thing I have to credit it with is bringing a wide variety of food to regular markets that was previously unavailable. Even our state-run liquor stores started carrying Limoncello in a prominent display after it appeared on FoodTV.

Sara Moulton is the best cook on the network, I believe, and far underrated. She has a lot of classic training, mentored under Julia Child, and is the Executive Chef for Gourmet magazine.



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User currently offlineKLMA330 From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 697 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1432 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 3):
Sara Moulton is the best cook on the network, I believe, and far underrated. She has a lot of classic training, mentored under Julia Child, and is the Executive Chef for Gourmet magazine.

What's the name of her show? Never seen it I'm afraid...


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20783 posts, RR: 62
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1429 times:

Her latest show is Sara's Secrets. She used to have two live hours per day with guest chefs and audience calls, that I think was a bit grueling for her.


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User currently offlineRoger136913 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 473 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1429 times:

My fav show is Good Eats!

User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26709 posts, RR: 75
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1429 times:

Quoting KLMA330 (Reply 4):
What's the name of her show? Never seen it I'm afraid...

Sara's Secrets

I think the Everyday Italian thread showed who my favorite Food Network chef is. Besides her looks, I am a huge fan of Giada's cooking. Everything she does is beautiful, simple, flavorful and colorful. Like anyone, I am a huge Iron Chef fan (Kyo-no wa kore-desu!!). I like Rachel Ray's $40 a day but I am not a major fan of 30 minute meals. Alton Brown's Good Eats is also a really good show.



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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20783 posts, RR: 62
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1422 times:

I have a lot of mixed feelings about Alton Brown. I've always liked watching his show, but I've either not been able to duplicate his recipes well, or we have different tastes.

He's certainly educational as to how cooking works, and his book I'm Just Here For The Food is in my collection, but when I'm looking for how to make something new, I'll read what he has to say, then look for a recipe by Tyler Florence or Sara Moulton first, since I can recreate theirs nearly perfectly without any trouble, and they taste great!



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User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1419 times:

One of my favorite networks too. Of the specific shows, I'd probably go with Good Eats and Emeril as the most entertaining.


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User currently offlineScamp From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 533 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1416 times:

It's a great channel. Especially when there is "nothing else" on. Love "Good Eats."


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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26709 posts, RR: 75
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1412 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 8):
then look for a recipe by Tyler Florence

Of course you like him Westy  Silly



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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7801 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1408 times:

"Good Eats" is my 2nd all-time favorite cooking show, after "The Frugal Gourmet" w/ Jeff Smith (unfortunately some of his off-screen antics tarnished his reputation).

But what I really like about Alton's show is how he makes cooking good food accessible to the everyday person, often resorting to the hardware aisle to fashion a cooking implement instead of dropping hundreds of bucks at the kitchen supply store.

I do like Sara Moulton's cooking, unfortunately her show is on in the afternoon when I have to work.

Mario Batali is another favorite that has not been mentioned. He just has good presence in the kitchen, and can explain what he is doing and why.



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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1391 times:

I'm a Food Network addict. "Good Eats" is one of my favorite shows (filmed all around the Atlanta area), as are "Unwrapped", "A Cook's Tour" (Unfortunately, the show's been relegated to the 4:00 am timeslot on Thursdays) and "The Secret Life of..." I'm pretty much over Emeril. I'm surprised nobody has mentioned "Paula's Home Cooking". I like watching her, as she cooks like my grandmother does, only even more fattening.

User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7801 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1389 times:

Quoting Srbmod (Reply 13):
I'm surprised nobody has mentioned "Paula's Home Cooking". I like watching her, as she cooks like my grandmother does, only even more fattening.

Her show is great, nothing but comfort food with style. I especially like how every dish starts out with half a stick of butter.



Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
User currently offlineCactusA319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2918 posts, RR: 25
Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1387 times:

Quoting Srbmod (Reply 13):
I'm surprised nobody has mentioned "Paula's Home Cooking". I like watching her, as she cooks like my grandmother does, only even more fattening.

Yup, forgot to mention that one. I've tried a couple of her recipes and they're very good, altough not a great option if you're on a diet.


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20783 posts, RR: 62
Reply 16, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1383 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 11):
Of course you like him Westy

(And here all this time I thought I was being so discrete.)  Wink



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User currently offlineVSLover From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1897 posts, RR: 22
Reply 17, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1383 times:

Quoting CactusA319 (Reply 15):
Yup, forgot to mention that one. I've tried a couple of her recipes and they're very good, altough not a great option if you're on a diet.

...or if you dont mind eating 4 stick of butter with each dish.

this was a pretty hilarious take on one of her shows:

http://www.tvgasm.com/archives/food_network/001440.php

Before I knew what hit me, Paula was standing before a giant pile of meat; About 30 lbs worth of poultry. She was preparing a very special dish called "turducken." A turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken all stuffed with stuffing. Hmmm, intriguing. Why she left out the Cornish hen stuffed with a quail stuffed with a hummingbird is beyond me - the turduckenhenailbird, of course. Paula giggled through some of her typical innuendo ("Don't forget to rub your meat *wink*" and "Splay your legs, ooooh!")


User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7801 posts, RR: 16
Reply 18, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1378 times:


The caption is priceless:

Do y'all think Paula puts butter in her tea?



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User currently offlineJake056 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 291 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1369 times:

I've gotten tired of the Food Network. Its slogan should be "All Emeril, All the time". I like the guy, but too much show and not enough cooking.

Paula Dean is good. I'm not crazy about her cuisine, but I like her approach to cooking and her personality. She is so chatty, I know more about her personal life than some of my own family!! Which is not necessarily a bad thing...

Rachel and Giada--keep 'em. Same with Sandra Lee. Too "cutesy" for words and their culinary skills leave a lot to be desired.

Sara Moulton is OUT at Food TV. Unfortunately they've parted company after 10 years. She was the best of all of their stars. A real chef and teacher.

I have ZERO interest in all of the "foodstyle" shows. "Secret Life of..." et. al.

Alton Brown's show is very educational and entertaining.

My favorite cooks on TV in general, though, are Lidia Bastianich, America's Test Kitchen, and Jacques Pepin. These shows are on PBS.


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20783 posts, RR: 62
Reply 20, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1359 times:

Quoting Jake056 (Reply 19):
Sara Moulton is OUT at Food TV

Now that's a real shame. The only thing I could really find on this was at slashfood.com, and they say Sara's going to have a new show on PBS.

Interestingly they say her FoodTV show was cancelled as of Dec. 31st, but it was just on today!

http://www.slashfood.com/2005/12/02/...a-moulton-leaves-the-food-network/



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User currently offlineJake056 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 291 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1349 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 20):

Her Cooking Live! show was one of my all time favorites. The network is clearly looking to go for a younger demographic. It is a business, after all.

I assume the network owns the rights to the shows, so they can re-broadcast them when they want.


User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26709 posts, RR: 75
Reply 22, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1339 times:

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 12):
"The Frugal Gourmet" w/ Jeff Smith (unfortunately some of his off-screen antics tarnished his reputation).

Actually, those allegations turned out to be false.



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User currently offlineMax999 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 1077 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 1333 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 3):
Sara Moulton is the best cook on the network, I believe, and far underrated. She has a lot of classic training, mentored under Julia Child, and is the Executive Chef for Gourmet magazine.

I agree, she was the best on the network. However, I think Sara's more dramatic coworkers on the network, such as Emeril and Bobby Flay, took the spotlight off her cooking talents.



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User currently offlineEWROwznj00 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 1330 times:

Food Network is really one of the best out there. I remember when it was just Emeril, Yan Can Cook, and the Galloping Gourmet. Well, maybe not just those 3, but it was very limited. Look at what it has now. I've actually gone to some of the places Rachel Ray went to for 40 dollars a day, as well as some of the places on The Best Of. It has a great variety of shows I feel.

My favorite shows are Paula's Home Cooking, Barefoot Contessa, Everyday Italian, and Iron Chef Japan.

I want to marry Tyler Florence. The man can cook and he's a Hottie McGee  hearts 


25 N1120A : Were those actually on FoodTV? I thought they were PBS shows
26 WhiteHatter : We've got a few channels here, UKTV Food and the Discovery networks. Plus the travel channels show cookery programming. Most of the pervs watch UKTV F
27 Post contains images N1120A : Yeah, you can include me in with them . The funny thing about Nigella is that she is on the Style Network here in the US
28 Gigneil : I love me some Tyler Florence.... but I love Dave Lieberman more. He's H-O-T hot. I used to watch Food Network mostly for From Martha's Kitchen, then
29 LesMainwaring : i've always loved food shows, back to the galloping gourmet and julia child ... i watch a disproportionate amount of food network, but considering i'm
30 Post contains images QANTAS077 : best tv food show i've seen is Nigella bites, she's a godess without doubt! and she eats everything she creates! can't beat a woman that enjoys food a
31 N1120A : I think that is the point of her show. Then again, I don't like her cooking either, but I get a laugh out of watching her get drunker and drunker as
32 Post contains links WhiteHatter : I'm not surprised, some of the stuff she does would translate into US television styles quite easily. It's easy on the brain TV. Sometimes I've sat t
33 EWROwznj00 : I could be mixing Yan up with Ming Tsi; I think Ming Tsi came later though. But I'm sure Galloping was on Food Network a LONG time ago. I remember wa
34 Post contains images N1120A : Actually, I am not a big fan of Nigella's cooking. She has way too much of a "butter and bacon fix everything" mentality. I do like the style of her
35 Gigneil : Yan Can Cook and Simply Ming both come on PBS. N
36 N1120A : Ming Tsai was indeed on Food Network, however, with the show "East Meets West". I really liked the episode of Emeril Live where Martin Yan came on an
37 AeroWesty : Yup, Graham Kerr's old shows were on FoodTV for a while, but scheduled VERY late in the night. (Might have even been on earlier at some point.) Befor
38 N1120A : Wow, not bad. Do you have both pre and post heart attack?
39 ConcordeBoy : Indeed, I do so love the Rachael Ray, er Food, Network! FRIGGIN' RIGHT! ...the American one is okay to watch when I'm bored, but it has absolutely NOT
40 N1120A : Since when do like women, let alone women with gigantic rear ends?
41 Post contains images ConcordeBoy : Simple. While I may be gayer than Christmas in New York... I am still both black and male-- a combo which sometimes defaults to thus
42 AeroWesty : Nope, only the the pre-heart attack/car wreck series. I bought it off TV when I was a teenager. I even had a set of GG spurtles, but don't know where
43 Post contains images KLMA330 : And a notable mention, as it seems we forgot, to Jamie Oliver... Just so darn cute, and he can cook too!
44 EWROwznj00 : Where did he go off to anyway? Does he still have a show?
45 Eaglekeeper101 : I liked watching the original Iron Chef when I was stationed in Okinawa, even though I couldn't understand a damn thing any of them were saying. It wa
46 Post contains images Flpuck6 : Watching the Food Network always made a 2h30 hr flight from the Northeast (JFK/BOS) down to S.Florida go by so fast. I don't mind Rachel Ray ... her e
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