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Jennihul
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I literally despise the Food Network. It's all about gluttony, making sure your tastebuds are pleasured, screw the body, screw your health and all the damage you are doing.

My husband watches that show where the guy stuffs food down his throat for a t-shirt and some cheers. I can't even watch it. It's truly disgusting.
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Hey Sky, do you have a blog? There are several Food Network and Cooking Channel personalities that started with blogging. Lots of people can be reached via a well put together blog. I have actually done blog searches looking for someone doing a BTD. I'd happily be a collaborator or contributor.


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Despite cringing @ times.  I really love Chopped, Iron Chef, The Best Thing I Ever Ate &.........Cupcake Wars.  Even when I used to eat desserts, I never liked cupcakes.  I do come away w/ ideas but I just can't help wincing when they entice our country to make & eat that stuff.
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Would really love This!
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Does anyone know the guy or the show: it was a black guy who did outside bbq'ing.  Taught how to use direct and indirect heat.
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Yeah! Lots of the shows get viewers by being disgusting! Works like a charm.
That said, I love Chopped! And there are a few other good ones.  
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I like Chopped , Giada, Rachel, Emeril, Jaime, and Iron Chef America.
Sometimes I can adapt their recipes to my ER4YT!


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Yeah, I have the Cook Right recipe book, and have been to try some of the recipes. (Unfortunately, still living at home with the parents, and my mom is particular about her small kitchen.)

I thought it would be neat to make a series of videos where I would cook the meals and show the finished product.
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There are good tips on the shows and the fun part is taking a recipe you like and turning it into one that is swami compliant.  
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I wonder if there is a way to help Eric Morrison get in contact with the various cooking networks for funding....
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I enjoy the shows on the Food Channel. It doesn't bother me to watch recipes of food that I need to avoid. I do agree that the guy in Man vs Food is off the wall. Imagine making a career of seeing if you can ruin your stomach by stuffing as much food in as possible on a consistent basis. Somewhere along the line, he'll pay the price.

My current favorite show is Restaurant: Impossible where Chef Levine finds failing restaurants and shows the owner how to turn around the business to make it successful. He also redoes the decor. He is a demanding man but he gets results and changes people's lives. For some reason, I love this show.  


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I literally despise the Food Network. It's all about gluttony, making sure your tastebuds are pleasured, screw the body, screw your health and all the damage you are doing.


Very true.  I used to watch Man vs Food a lot and I started over eating..lol
I also would start gaining weight from watching Food Network too much. I limit it now. Sometimes I watched Chopped and I like Barefoot Contessa, though I can't eat mostly every thing she makes. That's why she's morbidly obese. I keep wondering when Ina's going to have a stroke or goes diabetic like Paula Dean.  
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I like Chopped.
I've by no means seen even the majority of the shows out there, but there are certainly different categories of these and, to my mind, they should be judged by category.

Fine Dining chefdom is in a class by itself. Almost no one eats this type of food most of the time - it's a Special Occasion sort of thing. And I tend to like the shows that illustrate the fine points of this art and bring a certain competitive fun to the program. I and others who have cooked for a living - both in restaurant kitchens with staffs and with dinner patrons changing from hour to hour and night to night, as well as in private homes and institutional settings - can relate to the thinking-on-one's-feet time constraints that push the demand for creativity that these shows highlight. For me they're a kick, reminding me of the Rush - the theatre   of being a chef.

I think the more Here's How To Cook At Home shows can be extraordinarily helpful to the home cook, however. Even if the dishes themselves are not "compliant" (and the dadamo forum crowd is demanding - very few people outside of here are making their own quark, for instance), the viewer is taught to cultivate Taste and to think through flavor decisions, balancing acidity-texture-heaviness/density-seasoning, etc., as well as technique and even ingredients/shopping. Many, many people are intimidated by cooking. I've had clients afraid to do more than toast bread, boil water, and nuke. Any show that encourages confidence in the kitchen is good, in my book. And the person who inspires that confidence must have a personality that is attractive to the viewer; this means there are hosts who will appeal to some and not all of us.

These shows are doing, IMO, a great service. Don't underestimate how much Fear of Cooking is out there in the kitchens of millions. Watching cooks have a good time and produce attractive meals in an upbeat way is one of the excellent reasons (among so many bad ones!) to have a TV! Even the ones using "too much fat" or sugar or whatever you think is wrong with them, are appearing at a given point in the viewer's Learning Curve, you know not where. You don't take a person on the Standard American Diet and turn him into a SWAMI ascetic overnight.

So I'm glad cooking shows exist in such variety. And while I'd often rather take my nutrition through a vein and be done with the whole shopping/prepping/eating preoccupation to which we are consigned for our threescore-and-ten, I figure we've all got to eat: Why not make it interesting and fun from time to time?


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I like Barefoot Contessa, though I can't eat mostly every thing she makes. That's why she's morbidly obese. I keep wondering when Ina's going to have a stroke or goes diabetic like Paula Dean.  

I had seen a couple of episodes of Barefoot Contessa years ago (my niece really liked her). When you said she was "morbidly obese", I thought I'd google her, take a look at what she looks like now.

The definition of morbid obesity is found here:
http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Morbid+Obesity
It generally refers to being at least 100% over one's ideal weight, but can also signify being 100 or more lbs. overweight.
You read about such people unable to stand up, fit in a chair or through a door, squeeze into an airline seat, etc. And there are all sorts of reasons their weight can be disastrously out of control.
I looked at Ina Garten ("the Barefoot Contessa") and I didn't see that. I think that if she took off 25 lbs she'd look good, yes. But she appears far from morbidly obese, is a pretty woman and seems very happy at the age of 64.

"Wondering when [she's] going to have a stroke": I guess the BTD can help your cardiovascular system but not your compassion? Does the BTD make us "better" in some way? Is Individuality not okay anymore? or has the meaning of the word morphed to "conformity"?
My niece has watched the show for years and, a young adult in her first city apartment, she enjoys putting into practice Garten's inspirations.
Some people eat plenty of high-fat foods
Some people drink spirits
Some people eat refined sugar every day
Some people smoke cigarettes regularly...
and live into their 90s
and make people happy.
Power to 'em, I say.  

PS/Edit-Add: I didn't know who Paula Dean (Deen) was, so I looked her up. She's 65 and has had type 2 diabetes for a couple of years. I clicked on her picture and ended up at a recipe I can use, in part. I love slaw, and she's got one using broccoli that looks like it passed through that noodle maker - fine, soft julienned. Plus cabbage, sunflower seeds (I'd use a different nut), cranberries, brown sugar (I'd change the sweetener), etc.
I'm happy for her that she probably monitors her blood sugar now. That's good for anyone in her/his later years.
Her recipes wouldn't work for me, as is, for the most part.
But I don't see her as a failure in any way.  


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I still like watching a few shows on the foodnetwork, mainly Chopped. I don't take what they do as the recipe to follow but as a source of inspiration and entertainment. How many of us have said "read they labels" or "adjust recipe according to your type"? If we wanted easy we would all be ordering our prepackaged "food" from Jenny Craig.
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I lately observed "Schweizer Landfrauenküche* ...yikes...I nearly got sick while watching (swiss-country-style cookings).....

but ok this is all about *domestications called education* .....


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I lately observed "Schweizer Landfrauenküche* ...yikes...I nearly got sick while watching (swiss-country-style cookings).....

but ok this is all about *domestications called education* .....

Do you have food channel?
What was sickening? I mean, there are no foods you hate, so -- what was the problem?



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Just watched a couple of episodes of Chopped.
One was just incredibly good - a great group of contestants: Talented and well-matched. Very satisfying!
The other was... the worst I've ever seen on this program. And the winner was...just shockingly bad.
Just when I'd thought I was resonating with the judges.
Okayyyyy......

I remind myself: They can actually taste the food; I can't.


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I agree with san j. I finally learned to cook in my late 30's by watching The Food Network. And thanks to the knowledge and skills I've aquired I'm now very comfortable and confident in the kitchen, which enables me to alter recipes for myself and follow a dietary lifestyle I otherwise would not have been able to choose. Good on 'em, I say  


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I agree with san j. I finally learned to cook in my late 30's by watching The Food Network. And thanks to the knowledge and skills I've aquired I'm now very comfortable and confident in the kitchen, which enables me to alter recipes for myself and follow a dietary lifestyle I otherwise would not have been able to choose. Good on 'em, I say  

Brava, chica! Good for you.
We all hafta start somewhere, and your taking up this new skill at that age is impressive and commendable.


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Aawww, san j, thanks


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Anyone here like "master chef"?


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You mean the one with Gordon Ramsey? If so, then no. I don't really like to see people blowing a fuse at trainees. I do like the show on Bravo, but I don't have that channel.
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You mean the one with Gordon Ramsey? If so, then no. I don't really like to see people blowing a fuse at trainees. I do like the show on Bravo, but I don't have that channel.

Gordon judges with two other chefs: Graham Elliott and Joe Bastianich.

This is not Hell's Kitchen, which was horrifyingly bad, and made me hate Ramsey.
It's a recent show. Really, really challenging, gcg, with some great critiques...and plenty of compliments when the dishes/choices/performances merit them.

This is the one where the 3 judges case the country (USA) taste the cooking of thousands of American home cooks, regular folks, narrow it down to a field of 100 who are auditioned, choose 18 of them to bring to the Master Chef Kitchen in Los Angeles, and on from there.

Wow!


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Yes, I watched the last one because my very first yoga instructor was one of the chefs! Her name is Stacey and she made it through to the sushi round/meal. She worked with the visually impaired chef...both petite, dark, and sweet ladies.
Stacey learned how to cook from her Italian grandmother...her other grandma is Greek. I was very proud of her!
( I really enjoyed my most recent yoga teacher but Stacey
trained with the best in Los Angeles.)


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