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Justin Wilson and other lost cooking show classics...

Hi... I'm sure many here remember that fiesty cajun cook from the 1970s, Justin Wilson. I certainly enjoyed every moment of his (seemingly) unscripted cooking shows, what with his wine-sippin' and generous hand with the tabasco, his folksy philosophy on food and women, and mostly, how he seemed to truly enjoy eating (as opposed to merely tasting) the final product of his labors. I enjoyed watching his belly expand further and further over his belt with each season, and his 'blasphemous' approbation of ordinary canned products in the service of down home cooking. When he'd look the viewer square in the camera, you sensed that he genuinely understood why both he and you were sharing that moment. Anyway, I wish those shows were available from somewhere. And wouldn't it be cool to have a 'classics' cooking show station, the way classic cartoons and situation comedies from the 60s and 70s have found viable markets? I don't have cable/satellite/etc, due to latent luddite tendencies, so I don't know if such a station or series already exists. But I suspect not. I only see PBS cooking shows on the weekends. I tell ya, if the PBS pledge drives were willing to show those old-skool classics (along with very early Julia, Graham Kerr, and the now infamous jeff Smith & sidekick Craig!), I'd be much more inclined to make a pledge, instead of having Susie Ormond, Wayne Dyer, and that gangly piano tutor force-fed down one's throat every three months. I won't hold my breath, but it would be great to see those cooking show pioneers brought back to show the Food Network hacks how it's really done...

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  1. I was just thinking about this recently. During the early years of Food Network, the classic shows from Julia Child, Graham Kerr, and James Beard showed late night. I watched PBS throughout my childhood and always loved the cooking shows. I remember stories from Jeff Smith about how he could never bring in Proscuitto into the country because of Customs. I have cable and can't find these shows playing. But I agree with you that it would be great to watch again.

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    1. re: rumgum

      OMG, you just got me thinking again about Graham Kerr. I'll never forget "The Galloping Gourmet," his cooking show in the 1970's, when I was a kid. The wine was flowing freely, and he would wax poetic about whatever he was cooking. Then, at the end, he would go into the audience, take the hand of some random female audience member, and run back up to the stage with her. They would sit down together at a candlelit table and eat whatever he'd made. I still have a clear picture of him, chewing, moaning with pleasure about whatever he was eating, lips glistening with butter or some creamy sauce. It sounds repulsive, but was absolutely mesmerizing!

      1. re: Lisa M

        once he sobered up, his new cooking show was such a drag!

      2. re: rumgum

        Would love to see old Food Network episodes of Taste with David Rosengarten.
        I love Alton Brown, but David was the best.

        1. re: ritabwh

          I can only take Alton Brown in small doses. Maybe a half hour a week. Anymore and he gets way to annoying for me.

          1. re: HZ20

            He does have such an arrogant air about him - I sometimes just watch to look for mistakes!

      3. how about one of the real granddaddie's, earl peyroux. i'm pretty sure he still holds the record for most pbs cooking show episodes.

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        1. re: byrd

          Hi... I have not heard of this fellow. Will do a google search. Thanks...

          1. re: byrd

            I so loved Earl Peyroux's show as a kid! He was great...I even loved the theme music...a jazzy piano version of "these foolish things". Didn't he tape/broadcast out of the Fla Panhandle somewhere? Pensacola, maybe?

          2. They do show Justin Reruns in Georgia.

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              1. re: alias wade

                Right after Beverly Hillbillies.... (must be an inside joke).

                By the way, RFDTV, which is available on Dish Network, has Justin Wilson. Just ran in to it a couple of weeks ago.

                I was channel surfing, honest.

            1. I'd love to see the shows that Keith Floyd did back in the '80s (or maybe slightly before).

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              1. re: Jim Dorsch

                That would be a hoot. FYI Travel Channel just ran some of his newer series for a few months, then stopped (ran out of episodes?). Pray or solicit them for a return.
                The American Life TV channel runs Graham Kerr daily and another fascinating/inadvertently hilarious show called Embassy Chefs about twice a week.
                Unfortunately, with unimaginative MBAs running the networks the infomercials are bound to take the formerly useful late night slots.
                I just heard that the Neilsen rating service will start rating commercials; if this includes infomercial programming maybe some station and network management will come to their senses.............NAAAAHH!

                1. re: DiveFan

                  Keith Floyd was awesome, really enjoyed his shows.

                2. re: Jim Dorsch

                  Jim, "Floyd on Food" was hysterical! He was always drunk and rarely knew what the hell he was doing. I remember an episode where he made Casseoulet in France while a local French woman observed. When completed, she threw the whole thing in the garbage and screamed obsenities at him in French. I'd love to have that episode on tape.

                  1. re: Leper

                    Yes, I remember the 'Floyd on Food' and 'Floyd on Fish' series by Keith Floyd. He was like a culinary Michael Palin from Monty Python. Though drunk, he also seemed to genuinely enjoy the eating component of his segments, replete with real chewing, swallowing, and taking second and third bites with gusto. Too many of the current flock of cooking personalities seem hesitant to really chew and swallow their creations, either from food sitting under set lights too long or from smearing their make-up. As much as I cannot stomach that prettyboy Ming (from Simply Ming), at least he and his guest chefs actually sample the food they've cooked... Thanks for reminding me of Keith Floyd...

                    1. re: silence9

                      thanks for reminding me of the "floyd on" series

                      1. re: silence9

                        They show those during the day time on the Travel Channel. Daily.

                        1. re: Phaedrus

                          phaedrus, is this still true? i just checked wed, thu, fri listings, and no luck.... will try later to search on the other days...

                      2. re: Leper

                        loved Floyd.
                        loved Christina Ferrare.
                        can't remember others name, would need refreshing my memory

                      3. re: Jim Dorsch

                        OH, I loved Floyd on Food. I used to watch it on the Lifetime Channel back in the 80s.
                        Back in those days, he proudly stated that his show was real time cooking.
                        Even my husband enjoyed watching that show.

                      4. Fortunately, I videotaped several hours worth of Justin Wilson's show when it was on Iowa Public Television in the mid-80s. They're on Beta, and I still have a working Beta machine, but I really should transfer them to disc one of these days!

                        I cant say I ever got a handle on dipping the garlic bread in the wine, but he did do some great stuff on that show. And not a blackened thing in sight!

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                        1. re: Fydeaux

                          I actually tried dipping the garlic bread n the wine (from his cookbook which I probably got in the late 80's) and it was actually delicious.

                        2. Oh man, I would love that. I was recently thinking of Justin, and even of the Frugal gourmet, even though he was disgraced, it would be nice to see reruns (I forgot about Craig!)...

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                          1. re: prunefeet

                            I had a little pre-teen crush on Craig, and envied his job! I wonder what ever happened to him?

                            1. re: prunefeet

                              Hulu+ has the first season of The Frugal Gourmet available for subscribers. I'm watching the vegetable show right now. Love it.

                            2. I loved Keith Floyd's adventures! Amazon carries a great selection of his cookbooks if you're interested. There's even one called "Floyd on Hangovers"! Here's a link to his TV management website... There's recipes, info on his latest books, etc.


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                              1. re: houndgirl

                                Could make the argument that Floyd was the original Bad Boy chef, what with the Stranglers theme music, rolling his eyes at suspect dishes-- at very least the first TV food personality with capital-A Attitude....

                                1. re: dd992emo

                                  Love them. But they're still around aren't they?

                                  1. re: prunefeet

                                    The one with the glasses died a few years ago. Clarrisa is the dean of a law school now..but she did have a show a while back on the BBC where she would go to people's houses and advise them on their dinner party meals.

                                  2. re: dd992emo

                                    Loved that show. Loved the endings when they would show all the food, and the crowd they were cooking for. They always seemed to be having a great time cooking.

                                    1. re: dd992emo

                                      I don't know if you can see "Two Fat Ladies" on tv these days, but they're available on dvd.

                                      1. re: weem

                                        There are many "Two Fat Ladies" clips on YouTube.

                                        1. re: weem

                                          It's on BBC-A and the Cooking Channel regularly.

                                          1. re: 512window

                                            Unfortunately, the show cycled out of the Cooking Channel rotation a few weeks ago. I was not happy.

                                            1. re: nikkihwood

                                              If you subscribe to Amazon Prime, you can stream the episodes to your computer/iPad.


                                        2. re: dd992emo

                                          Yeah! As soon as the series is over they should start it again and loop it endlessly, because they're my favorites.

                                          1. re: EWSflash

                                            I agree. Great show!I've tried making some of the dishes too...and the ones I tried were really tasty.


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                                          1. re: MIKELOCK34

                                            Let's set the record straight: Justin wasn't from Mississippi. He was from French Settlement, LA, and his mother was cajun, although his father wasn't.

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                                              1. re: MIKELOCK34

                                                French Settlement isn't that far from Amite.

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                                                  1. re: Hungry Celeste

                                                    And French Settelement is not far from Abita Springs the home of Abita Beer.

                                                2. I loved The Galloping Gourmet when I was a kid. Still do. I used to pretend to be sick so I could stay home from school and watch him. All that eye rolling. He made everything seem so delicious.

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                                                  1. re: Claire

                                                    this thread is way out of date, but for the record, in case anybody ever hits it and wants the real story:

                                                    Justin Wilson was born 3 houses north of the one traffic light in Roseland, La. The house is still there. His father was "Old Man Harry Wilson" who went broke farming a couple times; Huey Long then got him elected State Agriculture Commissioner, he served a couple terms, extremely competent at it.

                                                    Justin claimed to be from Amite, La. (A-meet), midways in Tangipahoa Parish, above New Orleans.

                                                    Mr. Harry and Justin's mother bought a place across the woods from where I grew up, out east of Roseland and Amite.

                                                    I've always said, I don't think Justin ever did a single damn thing in his life he really didn't want to do. He loved life, he loved people.

                                                    He was educated as a Safety Engineer. Coming home drunk from a Safety Meeting he hit a bridge, broke most everything in his body. The Amite Dr. who delivered me managed to get Justin hooked on morphine. Justin stayed 'out in the woods' for 18 months till he knew he was safe.

                                                    Justin discovered folks would pay attention to his Safety presentations (required by all the big plants along the Mississippi River) if he told jokes first. He was more surprised than others when an album on an obscure label started selling, the Ed Sullivan Show called and asked him to come up.

                                                    My father sold Justin the land just east of Baton Rouge, at the end of Pete's Highway, at French Settlement. Justin shot the outdoor shows there.

                                                    As he 'got on up in age' he woo'ed a somewhat youngish intern on the tv show, moved to Mississippi in what he told me was "a big double-wide" till he died.

                                                    Justin used to call me when I worked in broadcasting elsewhere "Best time to spend money is about 15 minutes before you get your hands on it. Ain't no pockets in shrouds, no armored cars in funeral processions."

                                                    He laughed, he was charging .. I think it was ... $1,500 a night plus expenses, thought 200 days a year on the road was too much. "I raised it to $2,500, I now got 250 nights a year."

                                                    And claimed he never forgave me for getting him to speak gratis to a broadcasting convention in Ft. Worth where they gave him an autographed Dallas Cowboys football. "Now what in the Hell am I supposed to do with DAT?"

                                                    Justin was a generous, kind, good man. What you saw on tv was what Justin was.

                                                    I miss him.

                                                      1. re: dancutrer

                                                        Thanks for this. I always enjoyed Justin Wilson's show. It's nice to have this information.

                                                        1. re: dancutrer

                                                          Thank you. That was one of my early favorite cooking shows.

                                                          1. re: dancutrer

                                                            I "garonteee" that was great information about a man I loved to watch cook. Thanks.

                                                            1. re: dancutrer

                                                              I met Justin as a chance with my cousins in Baton Rouge, LA. I was an Arizona boy in the service and by chance got to talk with him as my interest was in BBQ's and was always eager to get a new twist and flavor on things.
                                                              But, I talked about Scottish eggs (as I'm also Scottish)and he suggested using andoli(?) sausage in making them. Which I tryed and are truely great.
                                                              What a Character and a truely down to earth person. His suggestion of using wine on my roast pork loin was a good one.
                                                              I will never forget my moment in time with him although at the time, I did not know who he was.
                                                              I was later stationed in Alaska and got his show on PBS. Imaging me with the big head and thankful heart for meeting a true Chef and a fine person. I know his family must still have loving smiles from knowing him.
                                                              I stiil do, I guarentee it.
                                                              Tom www.banditscovebrittanys.com

                                                              1. re: tgardenhire

                                                                andouille sausage. good stuff.

                                                                i too loved justin wilson....

                                                          2. Whatever happened to a cooking show (I forget the name), I think on public TV, that featured a female narrator describing the chef's actions as he prepared his dish? The show featured chefs all over the world in their professional kitchens. It was an unusual show because the narrator was strictly play-by-play. If the chef wasn't doing anything significant at the moment, the narrator didn't talk.

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                                                            1. re: KenWritez

                                                              I think that was called Great Chefs of the World. I liked it too. It's been gone quite a while now; it started in the 80s.

                                                              1. re: Pat Hammond

                                                                Great Chefs of the World on the Discovery channel taught me that basics that I parleyed into 3 years in a commercial kitchen. Between that series and "Cooking at the CIA" on PBS, I wouldn't be nearly the cook that I am. "Cooking with Biba"(?) was also very good.

                                                                I would love to see those episodes redone, as well as the early food TV series, "How to Boil Water" That series was hilarious, as well as informative.

                                                              2. re: KenWritez

                                                                That show was called Great Chefs and it eminated from WYES in New Orleans. I know, my son worked on the show. There were also companion cookbooks that matched each show....I used to have them all. He always said what a character Justin was, he worked many of those shows too and really enjoyed doing so.

                                                                1. re: Joan Howell

                                                                  This is too funny...for years I've been trying to remember the name of the show. I was a little girl when it came on WYES, and instead of watching my Saturday morning cartoons, I watched Great Chefs. Thank you for posting! I hope I can find the episodes somewhere.

                                                                    1. re: wolfe

                                                                      Yes! I see it's been nearly two years...but I randomly received an email for this post today, and decided to check it out.
                                                                      Thanks for the youtube link!

                                                              3. I grew up watching Jeff Smith, and loved how he came across on TV. It was so sad to hear about his fall from grace, and subsequent misfortunes in later life. I also liked watching Graham Kerr- he was silly and made cooking look like alot of fun, to a young kid.

                                                                At least here in Las Vegas, PBS has a sister channel called Create, that shows cooking, gardening, crafting and travel shows. I'm pretty well addicted, watcing a few hours daily. I do hope they dig into their old show archives like Justin Wilson, and Jeff Smith to make it more interesting. The newer cooks (even if I like some) just don't have the personalities of yesteryear. Nick Stellino is amusing, but i'm not a huge fan of MaryAnn Esposito..(she reminds me too much of an ex-boyfriend's mother!)

                                                                PBS has such a rich treasure-chest of cooking shows to work with, I hope they listen and have a "old-show revival" sooner or later.

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                                                                1. re: Honeychan

                                                                  hey! thats the very reason I like MaryAnn Esposito! The boyfriend turned out to be a jerk but his mom was terribly nice.....and a good cook too!

                                                                    1. re: Honeychan

                                                                      You can get more of the Louisiana accent on Create with the John Folse's Louisiana Cooking. He comes from an old line of German immigrants to the state. He's been focusing on the different traditions that contributed to the state.

                                                                    2. We see Justin Wilson reruns for fun on RFD TV - one of the gems on satellite TV, along with the Cajun cooking lady. But the best had to be the Galloping Gourmet before he quit drinking, we would always watch after school in the late 60's.

                                                                      1. Does anyone remember the name of the southern woman with the seriously big blond hair? She had quite an accent. I remember her most for the fact that whenever she whipped egg whites or cream, she seemed to hold the bowl upside down over her head. I was always waiting for it to fall out but alas, it never happened on any of the episodes I watched.

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                                                                        1. re: jenn

                                                                          Wasn't that Nathalie Dupree? I watched her all the time. She was always saying, "Now, in a perfect world......"

                                                                          1. re: cookingschool

                                                                            Dupree used to drive me crazy! She'd have 15 stages of the dish she was making, and invariably she'd mess up all of them. Cookingschool, OMG, I can hear her saying that! She'd also say "Now, you'll do that better than I just did" as she moved on to stage 12 where she'd mess up yet again!

                                                                            1. re: nemo

                                                                              Oh, yes....now I can hear her saying...'Now, you'll do that better than I just did". To this day, everytime I screw up something in the kitchen, I'm saying (in that nah...nah..nah..tone) "Now, in a perfect world...."

                                                                              My husband has come to realize, that can't be a good thing.

                                                                        2. Another oldie but goodie was Madeleine Kamman from the PBS cooking show Madeleine Cooks. I spent many hours as a kid watching her program. I remember thinking that she would make an awesome grandmother. I loved her way of explaining things and her soft comforting laugh. This is the first time I learned of what a bouquet garni is.

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                                                                          1. re: sandrina

                                                                            i learned on another thread that MK had no love lost for Julia Child.

                                                                            I thought MK's show was good, also. Of course, nowhere NEAR Julia. maybe that was the problem!

                                                                            1. re: alkapal

                                                                              yes. Kamman was famous for disparaging Child throughout Child's career. "I'm going to show that dame how to cook," was one such gem.

                                                                              As a big Child fan, I won't read / watch Kamman.

                                                                              1. re: jmckee

                                                                                jmckee, what was the origin of this envy?

                                                                                1. re: alkapal

                                                                                  I'm not sure. Julia, always a class act, never responded. But Kamman seemed to have an almost visceral need to excoriate Julia's abilities.

                                                                                  The situation is outlined pretty well in "Appetite for Life", the biography of Julia Child.

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                                                                                    thanks jmckee, i'm going to get that book.

                                                                          2. Does anyone remember a chef I think form PBS I think he wore a red chef hat, a blue chef jacket and drank wine. When he turned his back to the camera he always said "excuse my back" I think he had a French or maybe even Italian accent.
                                                                            probably from the 1970's or 80's?
                                                                            I was so young and really got a kick out of his show.

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                                                                            1. re: natchef

                                                                              Sounds like Pasquale's Kitchen Express on the Discovery Channel dating from the early 90's. Loved his wine and if remember correctly he did a lot of flambe'-ed desserts

                                                                            2. Far Flung Floyd! What a classic.

                                                                              Justin Wilson's stuff is available all over the French Quarter, I'm sure there must be some videos available. I loved his down home folksy way of cooking, as well as the Boudreaux and Thibodeaux jokes.

                                                                              The Galloping Gourmet is the show that started me on my love of cooking and food.

                                                                              Jeff Smith, The Frugal Gourmet. Personal tragedy aside, that was the series that really taught me about food. I still laugh when I think of the episode with Elmo learning how to sautee.

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                                                                              1. re: bkhuna

                                                                                Used to watch Galloping Gourmet and Frugal Gourmet as well. I think Graham Kerr is still cooking (albeit "healthy" cooking now because of his wife's health), but -
                                                                                - What do you suppose happened to Jeff's sidekick Craig?

                                                                                1. re: aurora50

                                                                                  I've often wondered that, myself. I learned so much from Jeff Smith, watching his show and using his cookbooks. I just wish people would remember that, although he was accused (albeit by more than one), he was never convicted, and he settled out of court. Settling out of court doesn't necessarily mean he was guilty. If he was guilty, I would never defend him. Leave the judgement to God, since we don't know for sure.

                                                                                  1. re: cookingschool

                                                                                    Jeff Smith's food history was as faulty as his theology. great article in Chicago magazine during the height of his fame.

                                                                                  2. re: aurora50

                                                                                    The last time someone asked I googled Craig and the last mention of him was as a theater director near Seattle. I learned to cook from the Galloping and Frugal Gourmets, and Julia. I miss them all.

                                                                                2. Dione Lucas, is the first cook on tv that i recall. My favorite was Pierre Franey, and i loved Madeline Kamen.

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                                                                                  1. re: JOJOGIRL

                                                                                    Does anyone remember the Pizza Gourmet? Then there was a guy whose two favorite tag lines were "if I were a ( fill in the blank -- knife, spatula), where would I be" as he looked around the set for a utensile, and "serve on a bed of lettuce -- have you ever been on a bed of lettuce?" Then there were two guys with the cheesiest TV set (it looked like they were shooting in their basement) who did everything real time. If the recipe called for 5 pounds of peeled potatoes, one of them painstakingly peeled the whole 5 pounds while the other went on with his dish. No swap-outs for those two! They all had to have been on PBS, because back in the, what, eighties when they were on, PBS was the only place I had available for cooking shows.

                                                                                    Also, for Julia Child's 80th birthday, I remember PBS threw her a party. Guest chefs prepared the menu. We got to see them cook and present their dishes. I think Dungeness crab was on the menu and lamb for the entree. But I was most impressed by members of the Boston Pops (I think) who composed an instumental in her honor using nothing but kitchen implements, from wisks and old-fashioned egg beaters to upturned pots and pans. I'd love to see that show again.

                                                                                    I hope OP gets her wish about PBS fundraisers!

                                                                                  2. Diana & Paul Von Welanetz
                                                                                    They wrote a number of cookbooks and had a program on PBS

                                                                                    1. I grew up on all the shows mentioned! Saturday afternoons on PBS I watch them all.... Julie..... The Frugal Gourmet (sigh)..... and I am glad I am not the only one who remembers Floyd on Fish!

                                                                                      1. There are two DVDs, each with a couple of cooking show episodes, available through justinwilson.com. Unfortunately it doesnt indicate what recipes are included.

                                                                                        1. Now that I am remembering what about Yan can cook and the Great Chefs Series of the 80s that was on the discovery channel

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                                                                                          1. re: Miamicooks

                                                                                            Does anyone remember that Asian guy who had a cooking show on PBS who was missing both arms? He was AMAZING wielding a knife, etc., with his feet. I will never forget the shots of him sitting on the butcherblock table, tossing salad high into the air with his bare feet. I think the show was called "Hands Off!" or some such nonsense. I remember it airing in the Portland, ME area as a teenager.

                                                                                          2. I remember Justin Wilson very fondly, but there was one thing that always irked me. He would never add more than on ingredient at a time.

                                                                                            Add cubed boiled potatoes and mayo...stir. Add onions stir. Add parsley...stir. Add hardboild eggs...stir. Add salt and pepper and stir.

                                                                                            Justin milked airtime like nobody else could.

                                                                                            A couple of other posters brought up the Two Fat Ladies. God I wish the Food Network would re-run those shows.

                                                                                            Julia, rest in peace sweetheart.

                                                                                            1. Who doesn't love Justin. Does anyone remember a PBS cooking show in the 70's called What's Cooking with LaDiva Davis...she is an African American and she was hilarious. I can't find anything about the show or Ms. Davis.

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                                                                                              1. re: sheluvs2eat

                                                                                                Yes I remember LaDiva very well. She was my music teacher in junior high school. Her father was a well known Pool Shark and had a pool room in South Philadelphia. We were very proud of her when she was on PBS. She was an excellent teacher and I have often wondered what became of her

                                                                                                1. re: PhillyGirl9

                                                                                                  I recall a friend of mine going to a school in Philly called CAPA...a performing arts type school back in the mid 90's and the head of the school's name was LaDiva Davis. This HAS to be the same woman. Don't think there are too many LaDiva Davis's in the world...

                                                                                              2. I would love to see a Classic Cooking Channel (similar to AMC or TCM) startup where all of these classic cooking shows are aired.

                                                                                                I'd watch these shows over 95% of what The Food Network puts out. I still remember when The Food Network was Food TV.

                                                                                                Frugal Gourmet, Martin Yan, Madeline, Galloping Gourmet, Justin Wilson, Jacque Pepin... even the little cooking segments that Chef Tell (RIP) aired on the local evening magazine shows are much better than the polished faux cooking shown on TFN.

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                                                                                                1. re: dave_c

                                                                                                  Oh, how I LOVE this idea! I would watch nothing else on TV, and would be in heaven. Ted Turner, are you listening?? ^_^

                                                                                                2. There was a woman from Hawaii with a fascinating natural foods cooking show on. My PBS station in the '80's carried it. Think she had a parent from Japan, so her approach had a lot of Asian & Island ingredients plus a meatless natural foods focus. It was very well done & she introduced so many concepts/ingredients much earlier than other sources did. Think it was called Kathy Cooks...Anyone else ever see it?

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                                                                                                  1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                    Was it Christina Cooks? She used to talk about making sure to use the root ends of the carrots because that's where the energy of the earth was stored. Umm, ok...
                                                                                                    A lot of her stuff was healthy and interesting though, Anyway, she's still on our local Comcast channel.

                                                                                                    1. re: PrincessBakesALot

                                                                                                      Dear PrincessBakesALot,

                                                                                                      I have been looking for these shows. Found a copy of one ofthe books. What area of the country do you live in? When I search Comcast, this show does not appear?

                                                                                                      1. re: sooobr

                                                                                                        I'm near Boston. It used be on CN8, the Comcast channel. That channel has been broadcasting just a message screen lately.
                                                                                                        Sorry to send you off on a wold goose chase!

                                                                                                      2. re: PrincessBakesALot

                                                                                                        christina cooks is half-japanese? looks more irish to me...


                                                                                                        here in dc it's on pbs (whut) on saturdays...

                                                                                                        1. re: PrincessBakesALot

                                                                                                          Actually found it was called Kathy's Kitchen. The name of the host is Kathy Hoshijo.

                                                                                                      3. There are many Justin Wilson clips on YouTube.com


                                                                                                        1. I still have (and use several times a week) my "Pizza Gourmet" oven stone and peel, along with a pan and cook book. Carl Oshinsky was his name and I always got a kick out of that show. Another one of my favorites was "Cookin' Cheap". It was like the early version of "Semi Homemade". These two guys would just open a few cans and wing it, often with recipes that viewers had sent in.

                                                                                                          I have seen Floyd on The Travel Channel and they look like fairly new shows.


                                                                                                          1. Great thread. I loved Justin Wilson and Yan Can Cook. When I got home from school I would watch Franco Palumbo (I think that was his name). He might have been local, I grew up in Western PA. He was funny and an accesible chef for me to watch when I was younger. They must have been live, because I recall one time his kitchen towel caught on fire on the stove - used that as a safety lesson. Loved Jeff Smith, too, even when he had Elmo on as a guest - saute! Saute!

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                                                                                                            1. re: ClaireLiz

                                                                                                              I loved watching Justin Wilson, but more for his comedy than the food (althought the food was good too). Jeff Smith on Frugal Gourmet was one of the best cooking shows ever. I've several of his books, and they are very enjoyable reads as well as great recipes. (In spite of his troubles, which nobody can condone, I loved his show and was sorry to see that it was not politically correct to have them in reruns.) I think the great cooking shows were on PBS, the Great Chefs of series, Julia Child, Martin Yan, Jacques Pepin, Ming Tsai, etc.

                                                                                                            2. WOK WITH YAN!

                                                                                                              Also, even though it's not all that old, I always loved the In the Kitchen With Jacques And Julia, particularly when they'd demurely argue with one another over something and then she would rather pointedly call him "JACK."

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                                                                                                              1. re: dingey

                                                                                                                I loved that show Wok with Yan when I was little! He had the best things written on his tee shirts!

                                                                                                              2. I LOVED Justin Wilson. I was just telling my kids about the neat shows that were on PBS"s Saturday afternoon schedule, not only the cooking shows but Bob Ross and his happy little trees. Count me in for an avid viewer if a channel would begin showingi classic cookikng shows. They were the best. . .move over Emeril, Bobby and Rachel. PBS could count on my money if they brought back those classic shows. :o)

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                                                                                                                1. re: lynnmarie

                                                                                                                  Anyone with DirecTV can catch Justin Wilson-Lookin' Back on RFD, channel 379. I just caught it yesterday for the first time. From the program guide, it looks like it is shown a couple of times on Fridays and Saturdays.

                                                                                                                  1. re: lynnmarie

                                                                                                                    My daughter adored Bob Ross....when she was a little girl! His voice was soothing to her, and she really did find him inspirational. Although she laughs at his "talent" now, she cannot deny that he was an influence on her, now that she's almost through her four years of Art college. ;-)

                                                                                                                    1. re: Beckyleach

                                                                                                                      i think bob ross *was* talented, in many ways; he seemed like a heckuva nice guy, too.

                                                                                                                      ""When asked about his laid-back approach to painting and eternally calm and contented demeanor, he once commented: "I got a letter from somebody here a while back, and they said, 'Bob, everything in your world seems to be happy.' That's for sure. That's why I paint. It's because I can create the kind of world that I want, and I can make this world as happy as I want it. Shoot, if you want bad stuff, watch the news." After his death, Bob Ross Incorporated donated most of his paintings to charities and public television stations."" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Ross

                                                                                                                      RIP, bob.

                                                                                                                  2. Thanks for your post! I was looking around the net for the show my mom watched in the 90s she loved show much and this helped me. Would watch it from time to time with her. She loved both Justin Wilson and Grahm Kerr. I agree it would be nice if the Food Network could bring more of these down to earth people into their network instead of ones that have to look at act a certain way after all its the home cook that meant to watch this network??

                                                                                                                    1. I just purchased (for like a buck) a Jeff Smith cookbook I wanted at the time. Frugal Gourmet Cooks Three Ancient Cuisines: Greek, Roman and Chinese. Just having paged through a quarter of it I'm not sure what to make first!

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                                                                                                                      1. re: HarryK

                                                                                                                        I use that book all the time. I also still make a lot of the vegetables and sides in his Christmas book.

                                                                                                                      2. You can find a lot of public television's popular cooking series on Create TV. chefs include: Julia Child, Christina Pirello, Lidia Bastianich, Jaques Pepin, John Folse, Paul Prudhomme, Ming Tsai, Sara Moulton,Todd English and much more. The channel is available in about 3/4 of the US - to find the channel in your area visit the website at: www.CreateTV.com

                                                                                                                        1. I still tell the groaner that I heard on the microwave cook's show.He was Dominic sorry the last name escapes me. The daughter potato comes home to her blue
                                                                                                                          ribbon winning father, a russet, and her gold medal winning mom, a yukon gold, and tells them the good news.She loves her job, she loves her apartment and she is engaged to marry Dan Rather.Her father explodes, "We are potato royalty, there is no way our daughter is going to marry a commentator.

                                                                                                                          1. Does anyone remember David Wade? I used to watch him when I was home sick from school in the late 60s or early 70s. He always wore a blazer with a cheesy crest on the pocket and worked so hard to insert as many polysyllabic words in his speech as he could. Wade was all about recipes. There was no technique involved, just dump and stir, with his "tasting spoon/baton." He would brag about being the inventor of Worcestershire Powder, although to his credit, he didn't seem to be trying to sell it to you. I saw him again sometime in the 80s on an obscure Christian network, still doing the same old schtick.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: Vladimir Estragon

                                                                                                                              Yes! He would never mix one thing into another. He would always "incorporate" it. This was the first cooking show I ever saw and loved him instantly. It was also the first time I had ever heard the word emulsify.

                                                                                                                              1. re: jaarmour

                                                                                                                                What funny things happen when you don't read all the posts. I saw you comment without reading Vladimir's old post. I tried and tried to visualize Justin Wilson using emulsify. I can't garontee how it would sound.

                                                                                                                              2. re: Vladimir Estragon

                                                                                                                                i have some of that worcestershire powder! have used it exactly one time.

                                                                                                                              3. "Cookin Cheap" with Larry Bly and Laban Johnson! 22 seasons out of Blue Ridge TV in Roanoke, Virginia.

                                                                                                                                They cooked recipes the viewers sent in, and tasted them at the end of the show. Some were frankly Not Good, but a lot of them apparently turned out pretty well. Kind of a master class in middle range southern food. And Larry and Laban seemed like really sweet guys.

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                                                                                                                                1. re: Meann

                                                                                                                                  OMG! I LOVED this show, would howl with laughter!

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Meann

                                                                                                                                    This sounds like a really fun show! Sounds like a wonderful unknown, I bet!

                                                                                                                                    Something that's been bothering me as i've gotten older is the real total and complete (to me, it seems) shunning of Jeff Smith, The Frugal Gourmet. I know there was some sort of scandal involved. Was it with his assistant, Craig? I know he was an ordained minister, and was married.
                                                                                                                                    I just bought a used copy of one of his cookbooks, (The Frugal Gourmet cooks Our Ancestors, I believe. It's very good, btw) and it made me realize just how much his energy and enthusiasm about food made an impact on my 12-year old mind. His show was another great thing for me and my Grandmother to bond over and watch together as well.

                                                                                                                                    I mean, the guy did not cook and eat babies.(that I know of!) He didn't kick puppies, or draw a moustache on the painting of the Mona Lisa. I'm surprised that in today's world, he could not "come back" if he so wished. I know alot of people adored him and his show, and there is still a void in the world of TV cooking that hasen't been (or ever will be) filled by his like.

                                                                                                                                    EDIT: Well, since he died in 2004, I know that any comeback is pretty much impossble.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Honeychan

                                                                                                                                      I'm also a Frugal Gourmet fan! IMO he was the best cooking educator at the time. After 20 more years of cooking experience I'd say his recipes are easy to cook, often interpreted quite loosely from any authentic originals, and adapted for American ingredients and kitchens. I still recommend several of his books for beginning cooks (if you can find them used); a few adapted recipes are on my website: http://life-eos.blogspot.com/search/l...

                                                                                                                                      Perhaps someone from the Seattle area knows whatever happened to his restaurant.

                                                                                                                                      For some personal background, check out his wikipedia page:

                                                                                                                                      1. re: DiveFan

                                                                                                                                        LOL, thanks for posting the wikipedia link, DiveFan! It was only after checking it that I learned he had actually passed on. I also noticed the page was devoid of real details about the accusations against him.

                                                                                                                                        He was such fun to watch, plus he made me curious enough to try and cook my very first "real" recipe. I was drawn to make a lentil soup he had on a episode. Mind you, i'd NEVER ever eaten lentils before! That was interesting, to say the least. I ate 1 bowl before realizing I wasen't very fond of it. But, I was very proud of myself for cooking it, and at least trying it out.

                                                                                                                                        It took a few years before I took to lentils, but now I do love them! Thanks, Frug! ^__^

                                                                                                                                        1. re: DiveFan

                                                                                                                                          When I first started to watch the Frugal Gourmet, I owned only a few real cookbooks. Joy of Cooking, Lee Bailey's Southern Food, and Betty Crocker. But, none of my cookbooks offered what his did. Exoctic food. That's the way I thought of it. Not necessarily high brow, but foreign and different and adventureous food. New textures, flavors, and spices lured me in. I couldn't get enough of his shows, and books. I'm certain I've read them all cover to cover more than once.

                                                                                                                                          But about his show. HIs show is what prompted me to buy his cookbooks. His show made the recipes a reality and gave me the confidence that I could actually make this food. At the time mid to late 80s, The Frugal Gourmet was making the food I wanted to eat! Sushi, and Vietnamese, Thai and really really good Chinese food.

                                                                                                                                          If you ever find any of his books at a thrift store, garage sale, or you're gifted one. Take them! They are filled with wonderful recipes from around the world and they are easy to follow and you won't have a problem getting the ingredients. At least not anymore!

                                                                                                                                          1. re: chef chicklet

                                                                                                                                            I have a number of his books, but the one I've made most use of is the multi-national on Immigrant Ancestors. Where else can you find Swedish and Saudi Arabian recipes side by side?

                                                                                                                                            1. re: chef chicklet

                                                                                                                                              i concur -- his cookbooks were quite good.

                                                                                                                                      2. I remember a cooking duo on the Florence Henderson show I think in the 80's and they were hilarious. Anyone remember the names? One fellow said he was Indian and they had a great routine. Also, another good one for simple receipes was The Burgermeister. A french looking guy and had great recipes for upgrading a simple burger.

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: dekiser

                                                                                                                                          The burger guy is Marcel Desaulmiers. He also had a Death by Chocolate show and a bunch of cookbooks.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: dekiser

                                                                                                                                            williams and ree, on tnn's "country kitchen." http://www.reznetnews.org/multimedia/...

                                                                                                                                            here is an interview with marcel desaulniers: http://www.sallys-place.com/studio/de...

                                                                                                                                          2. I remember "A Taste of Louisiana" with Chef John Folse--I have a great John Folse story for you. I LOVE his recipes--so much that I've been to his old "LaFitte's Landing' in Donaldsonville, LA and it was one of the best meals I had ever had in my life. Anyway, when my son was in third grade, he had to do a project on Lousiana. So, for his class I decided to make the pralines that was in one of his books. I screwed them up. Tried it a second time, and screwed it up again. Now I'm frustrated--so I CALL him. Honest to God. He called me back and walked me through the recipe and it turned out GREAT. In addition, I had mentioned to him that i could not find "Steens Cane Syrup" in NYC, where I lived. I'll be darned if three days later, a case of steen's came delivered to my home from him. I love that guy!
                                                                                                                                            Nathalie Dupree was a very big favorite of mine as well.
                                                                                                                                            I do remember my mom being in love with Graham Kerr back when I was a kid--I hadn't realized he was always drunk--I thought he was just funny!
                                                                                                                                            Does anyone remember a woman who had a show who cooked in menonite/amish style? I can't remember her name, but she was interesting!

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                OMG...that's RIGHT! THANKS alkapal! Didn't she always end her show saying something like "Essa goot"' or something. I don't know why I was so enthralled with her show because I never made anything, but I watched the show anyway! What a hoot!

                                                                                                                                                1. re: jarona

                                                                                                                                                  yes, issa goot -- or something. "Das ist gut!" (that's good) in german. but it did sound like "issa"!!

                                                                                                                                                  i always watched if i came upon the show, but always thought, "i'd never make this...." ;-).

                                                                                                                                                  she was engaging, i guess, because she was engaged -- in the subject matter -- and appreciated the amish's talents with making use of what was there, being thrifty, and doing so with both food and fabrics.

                                                                                                                                            1. Here in South MS, I get WYES PBS out of New Orleans. I have rabbit ears only (2 channels PBS and ABC)
                                                                                                                                              Every Sat and Sun at 1:00pm, Justin Wilson's "Looking Back" airs.
                                                                                                                                              WKNO in Memphis sells VHS/DVD's of his shows.

                                                                                                                                              1. I would love to see Marcia Adams' "Cooking From Quilt Country" program again. The cookbook is a classic and one I would never be without. Unfortunately, her other books that followed didn't seem so well researched.
                                                                                                                                                Biba Caggiano was another favorite. I have all her books and always enjoyed her show. I read somewhere that she had a bout with cancer but was now doing well.
                                                                                                                                                Does anyone remember "Pasquale" the cruise ship chef who would sing while he cooked?

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: markjbillet

                                                                                                                                                  The Quilt Country books are lovely. I bet the shows are, too. Sorry I missed them.

                                                                                                                                                2. Old thread revived, love it. Some may know, but we will not be seeing any of the old drunken Galloping Gourmet episodes. Kerr appearantly has the rights to them and made them verboten after he caught religion and sobriety. Kerr feels the old shows were dangerous to society.

                                                                                                                                                  Due to his high fat recipes, he was once labeled as the most dangerous man in America. Guess Paula Deen can take that roost now.

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: DallasDude

                                                                                                                                                    Hmm...then why is this incredibly overpriced ($400) DVD set selling in Japan?


                                                                                                                                                    I have at least 40 GG episodes taped from the Food Network run; if anyone wants free copies contact me. chiefzabu at earthlink dot net.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: chiefzabu

                                                                                                                                                      Question...please help

                                                                                                                                                      I signed up and enjoyed reading posts over the last few years. Brought back lots of memories from the Cajun Cook to Gramham Kerr.

                                                                                                                                                      However, I have a question that I hope someone can answer as I can't find the answer on the web by various searches.

                                                                                                                                                      I believe there was a cooking challenge show either on Food Network or regular network in the 90's or early 2000's. It was similar to Chopped but used more "normal" ingredients and I don't believe the people that cooked actually had a lot of professional training. I think two teams were given a basket of the same ingredients and once unveiled had so many minutes to use them and create a meal. I remember that across the country people had get-to-gethers to emulate the show and I think videos were shown on each show of some of these.

                                                                                                                                                      Am I imaging this or was there such a show. It so, what was the name of the show. My best fried who has always been an avid cook and cook show enthusiast doesn't remember it at all.

                                                                                                                                                      Does anyone have a clue...trying to find the answer is driving me CRAZY!

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: coney with everything

                                                                                                                                                          Thanks Coney, I remember it differently but then I have gotten a lot older. That is the show after reviewing on the web. You might be interested in reading the following...seems like good ideas come around again just like fashion. Thanks again...it was driving me crazy trying to remember.

                                                                                                                                                          Copy of part of web article below...

                                                                                                                                                          FOUR GREAT CHEFS WILL BATTLE IT OUT FOR CHARITY!
                                                                                                                                                          On May 15, 2010 at 2pm the Culinary Center in Lincoln City is hosting a competitive cooking event and fund-raiser based on the 1990s BBC show with the same name. Ready.. Set... Cook! was a cooking game show that debuted on the Food Network in the US on October 2, 1995. The show's format was based upon the UK series Ready Steady Cook, and originally hosted by television personality Robin Young.

                                                                                                                                                          Chefs will compete head to head. Each chef is given a set pantry, a mystery ingredient and a time limit. Here's the twist: members of the audience serve as sous chefs and judges.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: always cookin

                                                                                                                                                            Seems like good ideas come around again. So do bad, like fashion.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: always cookin

                                                                                                                                                              Cool! I hope they don't do a "chopped" and throw in goofy ingredients like gummi bears.

                                                                                                                                                    2. Just want to add: one of my treasured recipes is a really weird one--oysters with turnips--from Justin Wilson. Looks like pond sludge; tastes like heaven. "Ah gaaaarrrrunttteee it!"

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Beckyleach

                                                                                                                                                        Well, they're starting to play old Julia and Galloping Gourmet shows on the Cooking Channel! It's great to see them again!!! (They air around 11:00 West Coast time.)

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: aurora50

                                                                                                                                                          Was just going to say that about the new Cooking Channel which is like "Old School" Food Network (owned by the same company I believe). Although I do like Graham Kerr, the show from the 60's/70's does not age particularly well. Would like to see Justin Wilson again

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: jcmods

                                                                                                                                                            I reread the Galloping Gourmet Cookbook fairly recently and couldn't find a single thing I would make now. Weird recipes and combinations of foods. Would be interesting to see a show though, my mom and I loved him when I was a kid.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                              I think the Galloping Gourmet shows, now, are just interesting for the "historical aspect". (Also for the groovy clothes and 70's furniture.)
                                                                                                                                                              They're still fun to watch!

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                  The Two Fat Ladies are also making a comeback on The Cooking Channel, on Saturday nights. : )
                                                                                                                                                                  Again, not so much for recipes, but they're a kick to watch.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                The 'weird' recipes and combinations are precisely why I enjoy the old GG shows. Some of the dishes are absolutely brilliant.

                                                                                                                                                        2. I first started watchin cookin shows in the mid 1980's, and I remember the frugal gormet w/ greg, as well as justin wilson. They r two of my all time favs. I live in Ontario, Canada, and watched them through local PBS stations. I also wish somebody like the food network, or other would show them again.

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: oldpbscook69

                                                                                                                                                            The Frugal Gourmet was a huge inspiration to me - I have every cookbook (someplace - where are they? ). I cooked a lot out of his cookbooks when I was first married, late 1980's.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jeanmarieok

                                                                                                                                                              the frugal gourmet cookbooks are very good.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: jeanmarieok

                                                                                                                                                                Me, too! I watched (and taped once I had a video recorder) all of his shows and have all of his cookbooks. I also used them a lot in the late 80s but haven't used them in years. I should take another look at them. They really are great cookbooks.

                                                                                                                                                              2. Just found this thread; great little stroll down Memory Lane.

                                                                                                                                                                Does anyone remember Madhur Jaffrey? She inspired me to try making Indian food (even though I'd never even eaten it). She was on PBS in the early/mid 80s. I now have three of her cookbooks and use them all the time.

                                                                                                                                                                And I'm with everyone who'd be (even more) supportive of my local PBS station(s) if they'd bring back some of the classics.

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kcshigekawa

                                                                                                                                                                  On the PBS website, you can watch old eps of Julia Child et al., including one where Madhur makes the most glorious-looking shrimp dish as Julia looks on in delight and astonishment at the complexity of it all. It's quite wonderful to watch.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: LauraGrace

                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for the suggestion, LG. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and have now found another way not to get anything done (anything that I'm supposed to be doing, to be precise...).

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: LauraGrace

                                                                                                                                                                      My favorite Jaffrey / Child moment was when Madhur made her spice mixture, and Julia wanted to taste it. Ms. Jaffrey said, "OH no no no...it is MUCH to hot to taste on its own!"

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: jmckee

                                                                                                                                                                        I confess to being a bit surprised when Julia asked Madhur if they used chopsicks! I mean, this was filmed in the 1990s...it wasn't *that* long ago,,,

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kcshigekawa

                                                                                                                                                                          Especially surprising given Julia's travel experiences in Asia.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mpjmph

                                                                                                                                                                            I read (on wiki) that she was posted to Ceylon and China in WWII; did she ever go back?

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kcshigekawa

                                                                                                                                                                              I don't think so. I just finished reading her memoirs (My Life in France), and she does not mention a return to Asia. It's a fascinating book though. The entire French Chef series is available on Amazon video demand (free w/ Prime), and it was really cool to watch episodes of the show while reading her descriptions of the filming for each episode.

                                                                                                                                                                  2. Who was the guy with the PBS cooking show in the late 80s, maybe early 90s, who was accused of child molestation and later died? He had a short white beard, maybe in his 50s, and a younger guy assistant? I used to love his show, he had such a calm, relaxing demeanor. I was so upset when the allegations arose and his show went off the air.

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Kat

                                                                                                                                                                      Jeff Smith, the frugal Gourmet, mentioned numerous times above including the opening post.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Kat

                                                                                                                                                                        That was the annoying Jeff Smith. See Barbara Grazutti Harrison's epic assualt on him "PC on the Grill." I'm afraid I was never a fan of him.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: hazelhurst

                                                                                                                                                                          I loved the way he changed the definition of "frugal" to suit his needs. It went from cheap to not being wasteful. So basically, you could eat anything, caviar, truffles, etc, just don't waste any.
                                                                                                                                                                          Also, his early cookbooks, he claimed he would not eat veal, due to ethical reasons, then later, on his show when he is in Italy, he's eating veal all over the place.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: hazelhurst

                                                                                                                                                                            While there were a few things that I found annoying (like repeatedly scoffing at lemon concentrate), I enjoyed his shows more than Julia's. Except for a few 'baking with J' episodes, I don't think I have watched a JC episode all the way through.

                                                                                                                                                                            I also have several JS cookbooks (though they aren't in current use), none from JC, and a couple each from JP and RB. Overall my TV chef cookbook collection is pretty small.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: paulj

                                                                                                                                                                              Love those 80's/90's cooking shows. What was the name of the graham kerr show(after galloping gourmet) where he would cook a dish then go over to a large easel with a big piece of paper and add up the nutritional info? I wanna say this show was in the early 90's.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: k140db

                                                                                                                                                                                Can't remember the name of that show...but it is definitely when Graham Kerr "jumped the shark" as far as his cooking goes.
                                                                                                                                                                                Then again, it's true that a heart attack would cramp one's style.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. Silence9, I could NOT agree more.

                                                                                                                                                                          Not necessarily about Wilson, I thought he was funny, ift a bit of a one-trick pony, but the last thought on your first post is sheer genius.

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                                            And that's a sentiment from 2006. Imagine now!

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Leepa

                                                                                                                                                                              I was never one to watch cooking TV shows, but I remember my mother used to watch Graham Kerr pretty religiously--- it was late 60's/early 70's (if I remember right), and it used to run on local TV in the NY/NJ area at 1pm or thereabouts-- she watched "Galloping Gourmet" and then "As The World Turns." I often wondered whatever happened to him, especially as TV cooking shows seemed to come into their own as the years passed and I got older.

                                                                                                                                                                              Every year, we vacationed in Hollywood, Florida, and that's where I first came across Justin Wilson. It was the summer of 1971 or 1972, I was 10 or 11 years old, and on some afternoons, I'd be by myself in the apartment, watching local TV. For whatever reason, Wilson captivated me...he seemed very "exotic" to this boy from north NJ. I loved his "I garonteee!!!" line, and watching him always made me hungry-- I'd grab crackers and cheese, gorge myself, and imagine I was eating one of his specially prepared dishes.

                                                                                                                                                                              Jeff Smith I remember from a later period when I was in my 20's. I knew about him because a friend mentioned to me that he was a cookbook writer and TV host as well as an ordained minister, and my friend seemed impressed by him. Then there was the scandal, which I never followed in any depth. Was he actually convicted of child molestation, or were there only allegations? I know his career was finished whatever happened, and I know he died.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: legsdiamond12

                                                                                                                                                                                  I think it was only allegations. He paid damages, I think. His career was toast after that.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: legsdiamond12

                                                                                                                                                                                    I was invested with Jeff Smith for a long time, even though I thought he became kind of a horse's ass, but was so horrified to hear about the scandal that I didn't have any problem dunping him from my repertoire (which I don't have any more, btw).His latter-day broadcasts freaked me out in retrospect because they were just kind of weird, as I looked at it after the fact.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: EWSflash

                                                                                                                                                                                      Especially Jeff Smith's interaction with his assistant Craig. Craig was a little odd and the two of them together seemed weird at the time. And then the scandal broke.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Phaedrus

                                                                                                                                                                                        I know its common restaurant/kitchen jargon, but I always found it unsettling as Craig would move through the background with a boiling pot or casserole, and passing Smith, would call out " Hot behind "...

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Leepa

                                                                                                                                                                                            jeff smith was also hampered by being an EXTREMELY unpleasant person in real life. when the molestation stuff broke, there was no one in his corner.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: FED

                                                                                                                                                                                              Do you speak from personal experience, or based on National Enquirer stories?
                                                                                                                                                                                              Not trying to be snarky...but inquiring minds want to know. ;-)
                                                                                                                                                                                              Thing is, I've heard quite the opposite from folks who had worked with him.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: The Professor

                                                                                                                                                                                                Took a course at the University of Puget Sound that he taught ('77-'78?) about cooking in Europe before Columbus. Italian cooking with no tomatoes, hot peppers, corn. was a total revelation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                More a history course than cooking but changed the way i thought about food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                He didnt even make a pass at me. Hmmph.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: The Professor

                                                                                                                                                                                                  i don't read the national enquirer.

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: Phaedrus

                                                                                                                                                                                              Exactly that and a whole lot more

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. This may be very obscure, but we used to love to watch Giuliano Bugiali's cooking shows in Italian on one of the local cable channels in NY. I wonder if anyone else ever saw these. They were sponsored by Hormel (pronounced 'ormel in the ads), and they appeared to be taking place in someone's kitchen as opposed to a set. Giuliano would cut everything with a teeny knife, and his prep bowls for small ingredients were cut glass like just out of granny's breakfront. I loved these shows, and we went and bought his cooking video, which was in English this time. It was wonderful, and the pasta making segment left an indelible impression. I've noticed some newer shows on youtube, but it's the same Giuliano-- focused, precise and unsmiling!

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                                                                                                        His books are amazing, lucky you to have seen the shows.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                          he's a terrific cooking teacher as well. i remember him working a sheet of fresh pasta that must have been 4 feet long. he waved it like the italian flag.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Just came across this site -- thanks for the memories! the 70s and 80s with Julia, Frugal, Madeleine, Justin, etc., etc., etc. are the reasons that I learned to cook well. I found this site looking for a chef with a one time series - He was from Chicago, filmed in New Orleans and was Jewish (he brought that up). His series was all about pizza and had guests there during the show. His last show of the series was all about pizza desserts and he had a party on the set. I learned so much about pizza from him - still use his methods and recipes to day with a little of Wolfgang Puck. It was so good my friends that were first generation Italians (and assumed that only Italians could cook Italian) loved it. This from a German-Irish second generation! And thanks for the mention of Hollywood, Florida(not the one in California) - I grew up there on the Boardwalk!! Thanks again!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: gmhyden

                                                                                                                                                                                          Loved the Floyd on Fish episodes. I have them on video tape but i no longer have a tape player. Loved the one where he was at an oyster farm. He was actually drooling over the pretty young school teacher. LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Puffin3

                                                                                                                                                                                            Puffin3, please contact me directly (my email address is on my profile page), as I may be able to help. [I even have a working beta machine!] I have several Floyd books but have never seen him.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Fydeaux

                                                                                                                                                                                              Fydeaux, just in case you don't know, there are several Keith Floyd videos on youtube.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: EM23

                                                                                                                                                                                                I didnt; thank you very much!

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Fydeaux

                                                                                                                                                                                                  You are very welcome - hope you enjoyed. The Centurian Pork Stew episode filmed by Hadrian's Wall is my fave.

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Great Thread!

                                                                                                                                                                                          I have been watching cooking shows for many years starting when I watched the Galloping Gourmet with my Mother on days off from school. I was a fan of Keith Floyd, James Barber, Justin Wilson, The Great Chefs, David Rosengarten, Frugal Gourmet, etc. This topic brings back great memories for me. And yes, I also remember Earl Peyroux, and Madeline K,

                                                                                                                                                                                          As my username implies, Keith Floyd was my favorite television chef. As noted by other posters, segments of his early programs (Floyd on Food, Floyd on Fish, etc) are shown on Youtube. There are also DVDs available of these shows if you search the internet hard enough.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Keith had a very dynamic personality and irreverence that made his shows fun to watch. Unfortunately, he did have quite a problem with the bottle for most of his life. Credit should also be given to David Pritchard, who produced the Floyd On series, and had the foresight to recognize and utilize Keith's talents.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: FloydFan

                                                                                                                                                                                            Just reading the threads and bringing back the memories.Now we have Guy and Rachel. Where did we go wrong?

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Guy has led me to some great diners, Rachel causes me to click over to cable news......