Cooking shows?

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  1. BridgetJZ

    BridgetJZ Second Unit

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    My mom would be so proud. After finally getting some cool cooking stuff (waffle maker, nice full range skillet, etc), I'm starting to get into cooking. Right now I kind of feel like the robot in Short Circuit wanting more input though. Does anyone have any cooking shows they would suggest for getting good recipes and pointers? One of my friends at work suggested Take Home Chef on TLC...is that any good?
     
  2. Aaron Silverman

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    Hell's Kitchen on Fox. [​IMG]

    The new season premiered last night. It's completely insane.
     
  3. Brad Porter

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    Watch Good Eats on the Food Network. You get a recipe, but you also get a thorough, entertaining explanation of the when, where, why and how on the food that is the focus of the show.

    Brad
     
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    On Food Network: Good Eats, as mentioned, as well as 30 Minute Meals, which gives you a lot of easy, healthy quick meals. You can also pick up a bunch of Rachael Ray's 30-M-M cookbooks at any bookstore (I'd recommend the "365-No Repeats" book as your first purchase for sheer quantity and variety). If not for RR, I probably wouldn't cook at all. [​IMG]

    I also enjoy some of Ina Garten's recipes from Barefoot Contessa (also Food Network).
     
  5. NickSo

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    Good Eats is awesome. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Alton Brown is the Bill Nye of cooking.
     
  6. Stan

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    Have to agree with the group so far, Good Eats is awesome.

    I got hooked on cooking shows in the mid 80s with shows on PBS. The only thing possibly better than Good Eat was a PBS show called Madeleine Cooks. It was done by a French woman who also did a really good recipe breakdown like Alton Brown does. Never checked to see if it's available on DVD, but now you've got me interested in finding out if it is out there somewhere.
     
  7. Michael Harris

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    Another vote for "Good Eats". One of the few really good cooking shows on Food Network. Rachel Ray is ok but she can get on my nerves. It seems that most of the "how to" shows are on during the day while prime time is for the celebrity oriented stuff. I'd watch Emril because he does have some good recipes but I just don't like his shtick.
     
  8. Jeffrey Johnson

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    Good Eats is the best, but I also have to recommend America's Test Kitchen on PBS. They have really good recipes and cooking tips, and also test cooking equipment.

    Rachel Ray annoys me.
     
  9. Andrew Chong

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    I very much enjoy watching cooking shows.

    Since I don't get the Food Network, I get most of my cooking show viewing from PBS.

    My PBS affiliate (WNED) has a "marathon" of cooking shows every Saturday featuring a wide variety of food shows and tastes including Barbecue University with Steven Raichlen, New Scandinavian Cooking with Andreas Viestad (sometimes Tina Nordström), the aforementioned America's Test Kitchen, Everyday Food (produced by Martha Stewart Living), Fast Food My Way with Jacques Pépin, and last but not least In Julia's Kitchen With Master Chefs.
     
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    I'm a big fan of Giada DeLaurentis, the host of EVERYDAY ITALIAN on the Food Network. Italian food, and she makes it look very easy. She is also on the Today show quite a bit.

    And for movie fans, she is Dino's grand daughter.
     
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    I watched Hell's Kitchen at a friend's house last night, pretty good, but seemed more like a game show. Take Home Chef seems more up my alley...maybe I'll like Good Eats though.
     
  12. Lew Crippen

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    Any of Julia Child’s TV shows are worth watching. While they do not have the flash of other shows, you can learn not only how to cook, but why.

    Plus she has a marvelous sense of humor (though you have to sometimes get through the delivery).
     
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    Stop picking on poor Rachel Ray! [​IMG] I think she's cute and her shows are amusing. Yet another Good Eats fan, here. I record it daily and watch it when I get some time. Also enjoy Ms. DiLaurentis's show, but honestly I think I'd enjoy that if she were knitting and I was watching with the sound off. [​IMG]

    Regards,

    Joe
     
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    Iron Chef America if you're up to a challenge.[​IMG]

    Confirming Good Eats as well as those PBS shows. Alton Brown is the man. Easy Entertaining w/Michael Ciccerelo (sp for sure) is pretty good.

    Rachel Ray was great when she first started out but I think she's gotten a bit too "enthusiastic" (spastic) over the years that sometimes, it's grating. Still cute though. Also overexposed now.
     
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    Good Eats
    - Amazing program. I learned how to make fried chicken from this guy.

    Everyday Italian
    - It's a sexy and classy show. And the food's amazing too. [​IMG]

    Food 911
    - I kind of like this show too. Really basic, but don't let that fool you.
     
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    I will when she stops with all the "cutesy" bits, like mentioning "EVOO" (with the "extra-virgin olive oil" explanation every. single. time) and proclaiming that every single bite of everything she eats is "yummo." Damn, this woman is starting to get on my nerves.
     
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    I'd like to see a Rachael Ray vs. Paige Davis Page UFC fight. That would restore balance and serenity to the universe.
     
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    She's still a hell of a lot better than Emeril with all his BAM-this and BAM-that, and "another notch" ad infinitum, not to mention all his stupid noises, smirks, and mugging for the camera and audience.
     
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    What if it's your first time watching? What the heck is EVOO? I guess that really argues against using made-up abbreviations to begin with.
     
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    How bout an EVOO wrestling match between them? [​IMG]

    Yeah, when I first heard EVOO I had no idea what she was talking about. I figured it out after a few minutes.
     

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