Favorite Food TV Shows?
Looking for new shows to tivo. What are your favorite food (cooking or about food) tv shows?
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.
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.
Dolce Vita (c/ David Rocco)
Lawson, Oliver, Bayless are watchable -- but not faves.
Feasting on Asphalt if it counts.
Taste (David Rosengarten)
The Urban Peasant (which was never a personal fave) hasn't been on the air in Canada in nearly 10 years!
Lidia's Italian American Kitchen (on PBS)
Iron Chef America
Healthy Appetite with Elie Kreiger
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
*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
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.
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
David Rocco's Dolce Vita
The Surreal Gourmet (it's airing too early for me now, though)
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.
Anthony Bourdain (LOVE IT)
Ham on the Street- strictly for comedic value.
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:
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.
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!
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.
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
Anything Tony Bourdain is on
America's Test Kitchen
Essense of Emeril
And Semi-Homemade for the COMDEY Value (Anyone else see her recent holiday ode to Nutcrackers and Booze??)
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????