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Jan 18, 2007 08:39 PM

Food Network

Is it me or has the Food Network lost it's appeal. When they first aired years ago it was great. I would really like to see shows on French food , Regional Italian Cooking, Culinary Education 101, How to butcher, Foods of Spain , German Cooking,Asia Foods . ( Sorry if i forgotten your favorite country). The Food Network had such a vast well to draw from. We get How to boil Water. I just don't get it anylonger.

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  1. I rarely watch it any more. If there's a Barefoot Contessa that I've missed, or an Alton Brown that sounds interesting, I'll watch. I've even given up SL bashing!

    1. I agree, somewhat. Today the network is all about the personalities and branding.

      Rachel, Giada, Paula, Ina, Bobby, Emeril (ugh), it's all about selling their books, restaurants, cookware, etc.

      Don't get me wrong, I'm a capitalist, but the network is now more about showbiz than cooking.

      1. I have never gotten through an entire episode of "Unwrapped".

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        1. re: Chinon00

          I've have always wondered how much they charge to put your place or product on this show. Talk about an infomercial.

          1. re: dsquarefla

            The first time I tried to watch that show (unwrapped) I actually thought it was aimed at small children. I was horrified to learn it was not.

            1. re: New_2_718

              Yes, the history of Lifesavers that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

              1. re: Withnail42

                what's truly pathetic is that I might actually enjoy the history of lifesavers if it were not presented in that truly horrible manner. I cringe within 2 seconds.

        2. I Tivo a couple of the shows, but rarely watch it live. I was snowed in the other day and had the Food Network on for a while. It was PAINFUL. I was about to reach through my screen an strangle Rachel Ray. I used to be able to tolerate her, but she is EVERYWHERE and her voice is so irritating I could scream. If I have to hear her say "EVOO" one more time.....

          Also, Emeril drives me crazy, well, maybe it's just his audience. It is so sad to see a group of adults clap and yell every time they see a bottle of alcohol or a clove of garlic.

          There are about 3-5 decent shows on the network, but everything else is dreadful. FAL, thanks for letting me vent.

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          1. re: janedoe67

            Jane! I just realized, perhaps it's not Emeril I find so obnoixious, but his audience. I feel embarassed for them. They way they whoop and holler over garlic and hot sauce. It's pitiful.

            1. re: geg5150

              I agree-- alot of it is his audience. I watched 5 minutes of Emeril Live last night-- he was doing a soup/stew special and one of the things he made was jook. As he was garnishing the jook (w/fresh lime juice???), I was hoping, in vain of course, that he would bust out the 1000 year-old eggs. I would love to have seen the uneasy applause from the audience follow the over-the-top cheers for fried slices of garlic.

              The one FN personality that I do like is Michael Chiarello. His food always looks good, and he doesn't rely on some schtick or fake persona to attract an audience. It's just a straightforward, pleasant presentation.

            2. re: janedoe67

              Yeah - Rachel Ray I find very condescending, especially considering she appears to know nothing. However, the "EVOO" thing is, by far, the most grating to me. It was very sad when I saw someone repeat it here in a Chowhound thread. I wanted to light the computer on fire.

              Who can't take a Duncan Hines brownie mix and put sprinkles, cheez doodles and broken glass on top to make it "festive". Ridiculous.

              (Although broken glass would have to be prepackaged and frozen, and of a poor quality)

              1. re: Jestner

                The use of "EVOO" has spread to other shows on Food Network. At least, it had when I last saw anything on that network, some six months ago. I find their little cult of personalities really unbearable, and don't much miss not having Food Network anymore. The only thing I have any interest in watching is Alton Brown's show, and I can just download episodes of that if I hear of one that particularly interests me.

                1. re: braineater

                  Yeah, and get this...I heard Rachael Ray say on her TV show the other day (only watched for a minute), that now EVOO is in the dictionary. Make her go away.........please

                2. re: Jestner

                  It's not just on other shows... it's crossed over into real life.

                  I was at my local Ralph's supermarket the other day and saw a Rachel Ray branded bottle of EVOO.

                  The worst part is that tt was actually labelled as such! Big as day, in large letters on the front label... E.V.O.O. (and RR's dumb picture popping up behind the letters, like some maniacial culinary jack-in-the-box in a tight red sweater.)

                  Mr Taster

              2. I tend to agree, though I do still watch it a lot. There is one new show that I really enjoy, Throwdown with Bobby Flay, although it is less about cooking and more about the game show aspect of the network. It's still enjoyable.

                Gone are the days when you'd get those really kooky people on Chef du Jour. I remember seeing Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid on CDJ one week when they were promoting their book "Flatbreads and Flavors" and I ran right out and bought it, I thought their stories were so interesting. That experience really opened my eyes to idea food history and ethnography and the anthropology of food, rather than just having a meal on the table in 30 minutes, etc. That Food Network is long gone.