The Galloping Gourmet [Moved from General Topics]
I learned a lot from him including the basics of cooking-anyone else remember the show??
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.)
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.
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-- "
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!