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Favorite Food TV Shows?

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

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  1. Nigella is my favorite.

    Sundays at noon (CST) on Food Network.

    1. Anthony Bourdain on Travel channel

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      1. 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

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

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

          1. 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. Good Eats.
              America's Test Kitchen
              BBQ University


              1. 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

                  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

                    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. 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

                      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.

                    2. Current:

                      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

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

                        1. re: Atahualpa

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

                        2. re: Atahualpa

                          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

                            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.

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


                            1. 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

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

                              2. 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. re: Scrapironchef

                                    Thanks for reminding me of Posh Nosh. Brilliant show.

                                  2. 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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                                    1. re: NovoCuisine

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

                                      1. re: NovoCuisine

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

                                        1. Nigella,
                                          Anthony Bourdain (LOVE IT)
                                          Tyler Florence

                                          Ham on the Street- strictly for comedic value.

                                          1. 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. 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. 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

                                                  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.

                                                  1. re: HillJ

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

                                                    1. re: megamalone

                                                      mega...then THEY would be lucky indeed.

                                                  2. re: LovesFoieGras

                                                    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.

                                                    1. re: Atomica

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

                                                    1. 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!

                                                      1. 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.

                                                        1. 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. 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. 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.

                                                              1. 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. 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. 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!

                                                                    1. 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. 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????