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Dec 8, 2006 06:57 PM

The Galloping Gourmet [Moved from General Topics]

I learned a lot from him including the basics of cooking-anyone else remember the show??

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  1. Loved it. I used to watch it with pleasure and fascination before the concept of 'chowhound' or 'foodie' crossed my young mind. He made the process so joyful and fun.

    (He's ramped back a lot in the past few decades, discovering his own alcoholism and adjusting for his wife's heart disease.)

    1. He was the impetus for me to cook and learn about food.

      I had reconstructive surgery on my knee after frshman year in college. In a toe to hip cast for 16 weeks and watched him every day during the summer of '75. Stood on crutches in front of the stove and cooked away.

      I still have my original set of spurtles.

      1. he would always take 'a short slurp' of wine. I was sorry to read that it became a problem. He also would make the ladies laugh by saying "First you take a leek-- "

        1. There's some good stuff on Graham Kerr, and how he got no respect from the food establishment at the time, in David Kamp's recent book "The United States of Arugula: How We Became a Gourmet Nation."

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          1. re: Bill on Capitol Hill

            I was fascinated by the background on Kerr and others. Being born in the early 60s I wasn't there for the initial revolution. This book rocks!

            1. re: ciaogina

              I was born in the early 60s too, but I remember watching the GG with my grandmother...

              1. re: prunefeet

                I was born in the early 60s and watched "Galloping Gourmet" religiously. It aired 1969-1971.

          2. He was fun to watch, so animated in the kitchen.
            I wasn't aware of his personal life but the "Galloping Gourmet" definately gave home cooks confidence to create kitchen magic back in the day!