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Favorite Food TV Shows?

JoLi Nov 17, 2006 02:14 PM

Looking for new shows to tivo. What are your favorite food (cooking or about food) tv shows?

  1. jwbarth Jan 28, 2007 02:45 AM

    Good Eats.
    thats it

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      chompie Jan 28, 2007 12:54 AM

      Best cooking competition ever was Masterchef at Large on BBC America. Can't believe noone here mentioned it... Its over now, but if they ever repeat it you should seek it out. I love Top Chef, but this is the unadulterated version. No hyped up music or scandals, just pure excellent, fun cooking and personality... It's got great hosts, a chef and a fruit and veg guy, and they have a quick and long challenges like Top Chef with 4 or 5 people on per nite and then at the end of the week the winners do another challenge plus a food knowledge test, like identifying by smell and then after several weeks they narrowed it down and picked one person that got to work with a top British chef. Not as big as the American prizes... My favorite was the person who was runner up.. Didn't anyone else watch this show????

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        recordkitten Dec 8, 2006 02:27 PM

        Alton Brown
        Anything Tony Bourdain is on
        Ina Garten
        America's Test Kitchen
        Michael Chiarello
        Essense of Emeril

        And Semi-Homemade for the COMDEY Value (Anyone else see her recent holiday ode to Nutcrackers and Booze??)

        1. markp Dec 8, 2006 02:18 AM

          The hypnotically-dexterous Jacques Pepin in all his TV inceptions -- with Julia, his daughter, fast food his way -- owns the medium with all others doggie-paddling in his wake. If you don't know his stuff, just YouTube "Jacques Pepin" to see a couple of clips. You will drool and learn at the same time!

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            Kelli2006 Dec 4, 2006 04:33 AM

            Alton Brown-Good Eats. Shirley Corrhier is my hero.

            Anything by Tony Bourdain, I would travel with him anywhere. The eyes, the cynicism and attitude. Tony could rock my world on any continent, and the dinner afterward would be very memorable.

            Great Chefs on the Discovery channel

            Taste, by David Rosengarten

            Artemis, I have most of Jeff Smith's books and I find them very helpful. He may have had his personal problems, but I'm not going to forget what he did for cooking on PBS.

            1. ArtemisNYC Dec 3, 2006 04:34 PM

              Definitely Daisy Cooks! with Daisy Martinez. There's a dearth of shows featuring Latin cuisine. She fills the void with a very down-to-earth style. I also love watching Alton Brown - again, really informative and entertaining.

              Do they even air Jeff Smith's shows anymore? I feel sheepish admitting this, but I still have a copy of his "Cooking with Wine" book.

              1. Phaedrus Dec 3, 2006 03:32 AM

                Old shows: Two Fat Ladies.

                Anything with Jeff Smith, before all the nasty stuff got an airing I wonder if I could watch them the same way again. The cuisines of three ancient cultures was a favorite.

                Justin Wilson, "I garuntee!!!"

                Master Chefs of.... A PBS show with a voice over guy from the NPR school of enunciation, couldn't trust the chefs to speak on camera.

                Used to love Julia Child, now I can't watch it without being reminded of Dan Ackroyd doing Julia Child slitting her wrist.

                The show where Tyler Florence went around the world to track down the different ways to make a specific dish in all of its permutations, particularly taken with the show on omelette's. I went around town sampling omelette's every Sunday morning for some reason.

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                  karen2006 Nov 30, 2006 01:53 AM

                  I have to admit, I also love food competition shows like Top Chef, Hell's Kitchen and Iron Chef. How did Sandra Lee get a show on Food Network anyway?

                  1. choctastic Nov 30, 2006 01:44 AM

                    So sue me, I love me some Paula Deen. Too bad I'm lactose intolerant and cant eat practically anything she makes but i just love that show.

                    I love $40 a day with Rachel Ray too.

                    2 Fat Ladies - RIP

                    1. biondanonima Nov 29, 2006 09:09 PM

                      Good Eats, Molto Mario (or anything Mario Batali) and anything with Paula Deen, not because I like her cooking but because I love her obsession with butter, and anyone who will say "I can't wait to put this in my piehole, y'all" on television deserves to be watched!

                      Worst food show: Semi-Homemade with Sandra Lee. This woman should be shot.

                      2nd worst food show: anything with Rachael Ray. She and Sandra Lee can share a firing squad.

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                        Seldomsated Nov 29, 2006 09:07 PM

                        I know they are kinda lame, but I do like the cooking challenge shows - where they make a themed cake or confectionary item. I'm amazed at what they can do with their ingredients, and how the piece does or doesn't come or STAY together. The lift from the work surface to the judging table is suspenseful - well, for a minute. I don't learn much from these shows, but they're entertaining enough to watch or have going on in the background whilst doing other things!

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                          newfie29 Nov 28, 2006 04:29 PM

                          America's Test Kitchen, Lidia Bastianich, Ina Garten, Anthony Bourdain

                          1. LovesFoieGras Nov 28, 2006 04:24 PM

                            I LOVE Michael Chiarello, his passion for food is well, can I say a turn on??!! I also enjoy Tyler Florence and Giada.

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                            1. re: LovesFoieGras
                              HillJ Dec 3, 2006 03:08 AM

                              LFG, ditto-M.Chiarello. I'd love to be his neighbor.
                              His relaxing, clever manner really is great to watch. I'm enjoying his holiday shows very much.

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                                megamalone Dec 3, 2006 10:36 PM

                                that's funny, I actually know his next door neighbors!

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                                  HillJ Dec 4, 2006 01:51 AM

                                  mega...then THEY would be lucky indeed.

                              2. re: LovesFoieGras
                                Atomica Dec 4, 2006 04:14 AM

                                I used to like Michael Chiarello, but either I've changed or he has. He just seems so smug, and his "friends" in the show seem like paid actors.

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                                  HillJ Dec 4, 2006 11:46 AM

                                  Atomica, I'd say he's confident about his skills. Hard to tell whose a "friend" and whose an "actor" on many food programs these days.

                              3. Otonabee Nov 26, 2006 12:28 PM

                                Current fave is absolutely Good Eats. Other faves are Nigella (I preferred Nigella Bites over the other series that she has done), David Rocco, Ina Gartner and David Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares.

                                Got to admit, I used to be a huge fan of the Two Fat Ladies when they were on. Tehr ecipies looked really truly HUGELY calorie laden but I also found that the historical aspect of the show was always really interesting.

                                1. FoodFuser Nov 25, 2006 04:49 AM

                                  My Fave is "Jacques and Julia cooking at home", ca. 2000 on PBS. It won an Emmy. Jacques did most of the real demo work, proving his reputation of one of the top knife users out there. The repartee between the two is delightful.

                                  I've just ordered a 4-disc dvd copy from:


                                  1. Tal Nov 22, 2006 03:17 PM

                                    Anthony Bourdain (LOVE IT)
                                    Tyler Florence

                                    Ham on the Street- strictly for comedic value.

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                                      JoLi Nov 20, 2006 02:31 PM

                                      Awesome guys! I'll be tivoing a lot of shows :)

                                      1. NovoCuisine Nov 19, 2006 02:25 PM

                                        David Rocco's Dolce Vita
                                        The Surreal Gourmet (it's airing too early for me now, though)
                                        Restaurant Makeover
                                        anything Bourdain
                                        The Heat

                                        I've been watching a lot of Daisy Cooks! lately too, and getting into other PBS cooking shows (Mark Bittman Takes On America's Chefs is another) since they're the only ones in HD. Food in HD is very good.

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                                          Atahualpa Nov 19, 2006 07:50 PM

                                          I like The Heat too! If I had heaps of money and someone to marry, I'd have him cater my wedding!

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                                            rbc Nov 19, 2006 07:57 PM

                                            Totally obsessed with Restaurant Makeover! Opening soon is another one of my favorites... I wish I had Food Network at home. Life would be almost perfect.

                                          2. Scrapironchef Nov 19, 2006 04:41 AM

                                            Posh Nosh

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                                              Atomica Nov 19, 2006 12:28 PM

                                              Thanks for reminding me of Posh Nosh. Brilliant show.

                                            2. katp Nov 19, 2006 01:17 AM

                                              Take Home Chef...i know, it's so staged and so lame, but i tivo it for some reason

                                              i also think i like Joan Cusack's new show on the Travel Channel

                                              1. potbelliedkiln Nov 19, 2006 12:47 AM

                                                I like a lot of PBS Food Tv show too.

                                                Lidia's Italian American Kitchen
                                                Victory Garden, They always do a food piece
                                                America's Test Kitchen

                                                I also like Anthony Bourdain on Travel channel
                                                On the FoodTv: I like:

                                                Iron chef America
                                                Everyday Italian
                                                *Use to love and miss Taste (with David Rosengarten)
                                                $40 A Day (but who leaves a $1.23 tip? I was always told never to leave change)
                                                Paula's Home Cooking
                                                Food Network Challenge
                                                Throw Down with Bobby Flay
                                                Barefoot Contessa
                                                Sugar Rush
                                                and haven't yet seen but want to check out Guy's Big Bite, he's the "guy" that won the last Next Food Network Star, I watched that one too.

                                                Also watch Top Chef on Bravo.

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                                                1. re: potbelliedkiln
                                                  PastaFace123 Nov 19, 2006 01:18 AM

                                                  Guy's Big Bite a big disappointment - too chaotic !

                                                2. katiepie Nov 18, 2006 11:50 PM

                                                  Lidia's Italian American Kitchen (on PBS)
                                                  Iron Chef America
                                                  Everyday Italian
                                                  Healthy Appetite with Elie Kreiger


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                                                    Atahualpa Nov 18, 2006 07:56 PM


                                                    Good Eats
                                                    Dolce Vita (c/ David Rocco)

                                                    Lawson, Oliver, Bayless are watchable -- but not faves.
                                                    Feasting on Asphalt if it counts.


                                                    Taste (David Rosengarten)
                                                    Ming Tsai
                                                    Hot Tamales

                                                    The Urban Peasant (which was never a personal fave) hasn't been on the air in Canada in nearly 10 years!

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                                                    1. re: Atahualpa
                                                      Atahualpa Nov 19, 2006 01:38 AM

                                                      Oh, yes, and anything Bourdain. How could I have forgotten!

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                                                        katp Nov 19, 2006 01:42 AM

                                                        I just bought 2 of his books and can't wait to start them!

                                                      2. re: Atahualpa
                                                        Anna B Nov 22, 2006 07:11 PM

                                                        Who could stand watching the Urban Peasant lick his fingers while cooking? Or presenting to the camera the dishes he didn't have time to finish cooking?

                                                        1. re: Atahualpa
                                                          piccola Dec 3, 2006 02:58 AM

                                                          Not quite that long - I remember watching it about 5 years ago...

                                                          Another now-defunct Canadian cooking show I miss: Bonnie Stern. Whatever happened to her?

                                                          In current shows, I like Good Eats and Road Tasted.

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                                                          RiJaAr Nov 18, 2006 06:08 PM

                                                          Iron Chef
                                                          Iron Chef america
                                                          Chef at Home
                                                          Good Eats
                                                          Urban Peasant
                                                          etc etc..
                                                          if its about food.....

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                                                          1. re: RiJaAr
                                                            sweetie Nov 29, 2006 08:54 PM

                                                            I didn't think Urban Peasant was on the air anymore! I remember one episode where he attached extra drumsticks to a chicken, so that all the kids at a party would have a drumstick. That was so funny, I have yet to try that though.

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                                                            jimmmb Nov 18, 2006 06:04 AM

                                                            I would also recommend checking out PBS. My favs are

                                                            Jacques Pepin: Fast Food My Way
                                                            Mexico, One Plate At A Time

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                                                            1. re: jimmmb
                                                              Atomica Nov 19, 2006 12:16 AM

                                                              We absolutely love Jacques Pepin's Fast Food My Way and find it very inspiring. I haven't seen Jamie Oliver's Italy show yet, but TiVo is set to record and I have high hopes for it. I am a Bourdain fan, but haven't enjoyed his shows as much as I hoped I would. I like Alton Brown very much.

                                                              A guilty pleasure for me is Restaurant Makeover, which is a Canadian show occasionally shown on the Food Network.

                                                              1. re: jimmmb
                                                                melly Nov 24, 2006 02:43 AM

                                                                Agree...and Bourdain on Travel and Gordon Ramsay on BBC (oh, and Top Chef on Bravo). Sick of the food network but will watch Iron Chef and Alton.

                                                              2. Davwud Nov 17, 2006 06:12 PM

                                                                Good Eats.
                                                                America's Test Kitchen
                                                                BBQ University


                                                                1. sunshinedrop Nov 17, 2006 06:05 PM

                                                                  I love Alton Brown. Understanding why certain ingredients act the way they do helps me tweek my own recipes. I can't say I watch much of the traditional cooking shows...no one I've seen on TV cooks quite like I do. I also like watching Iron Chef and some of the reality shows like Hell's Kitchen and Top Chef, to see what works and what doesn't.

                                                                  1. ChefGirl412 Nov 17, 2006 04:33 PM

                                                                    Tyler Florence & Ina Garten on Food Network AND Lidia Bastianich on PBS

                                                                    1. heathermb Nov 17, 2006 03:39 PM

                                                                      Gordon Ramsay's F Word

                                                                      If it runs again Masterchef Goes Large was great - like Top Chef without all the extra drama.

                                                                      Both are on BBC America

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                                                                      1. re: heathermb
                                                                        aunteejoy Dec 4, 2006 02:50 PM

                                                                        I agree with the F Word. Shows a completely different side of Ramsay than that shown on HK.

                                                                      2. Monica Nov 17, 2006 02:54 PM

                                                                        Anthony Bourdain on Travel channel

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                                                                        1. re: Monica
                                                                          Sam Fujisaka Nov 18, 2006 06:30 AM

                                                                          Second this.

                                                                        2. marthadumptruck Nov 17, 2006 02:26 PM

                                                                          Nigella is my favorite.

                                                                          Sundays at noon (CST) on Food Network.

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