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why doesn't FTVN recycle the golden oldies?

toodie jane Jan 28, 2007 04:59 PM

remember the early days?

The great chefs who did the early cooking shows in spartan sets?

Why doesn't Food TV show some of those chesnuts in a regular revolving showcase?(does it have to do with rights?)

Who would you like to see?

For me:

The Bread show-Naomi & David

Cocolat (lite)

Two Hot Tamales

Marcel Desaulniers on chocolate desserts

  1. bkhuna Feb 22, 2007 04:39 PM

    Say what you like, but I learned more about the culture/cuisine of other countries from Jeff Smith.

    To bad he's not around today, he could be a Bishop or politician.

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      FAL Feb 8, 2007 12:50 PM

      They should do some recycling of the oldies. Molto Mario circa 1995, I wonder if anyone from the food network reads chowhound.

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      1. re: FAL
        Davwud Feb 14, 2007 12:35 PM

        It wouldn't appear that way.


        1. re: FAL
          toro head Feb 22, 2007 12:50 PM

          Set your TIVO/DVR - Molto Mario is on every weekday at 10:30 AM.

        2. Robert Lauriston Feb 8, 2007 12:44 PM


          1. Davwud Feb 8, 2007 05:15 AM

            The reason they don't rerun these shows and a mirriade of other good ones is because they don't appeal to the lowest common denominator. People watching them are actually interested in cooking. Not just being entertained.


            1. Jim Dorsch Feb 1, 2007 03:57 AM

              Keith Floyd

              1. wizardx Jan 31, 2007 08:52 AM

                Ditto! This was my favorite show while it was on.... only one lives , correct?

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                1. re: wizardx
                  Papa Kip Chee Feb 1, 2007 04:39 AM

                  Yes, the two Fat Ladies rule! One of them did pass away...

                  Cooking, chat, humor, ending with a drink and a smoke - what could be better?

                2. Das Ubergeek Jan 30, 2007 08:33 PM

                  The Two Fat Ladies! I miss them...

                  1. Katie Nell Jan 29, 2007 10:27 AM

                    Yes, I loved Marcel Desaulniers- I had forgotten about him!! I was all about Graham Kerr and Great Chefs too.

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                      FlavoursGal Jan 29, 2007 05:13 AM

                      What did the early shows have in common? They were EDUCATIONAL!

                      You actually learned something by watching these shows. Such mundane things as Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, aka the Two Hot Tamales, demonstrating how to wash spinach (extremely useful, as most people probably don't know how to do it properly), or David Rosengarten (Taste) making hard-cooked eggs and egg salad, or Michael Lomonaco deglazing a pan, were actually interesting to watch. Or how to cut an onion, use a mirepoix, sweat onions, puree garlic (sans garlic press), ...

                      Those WERE the good old days of Food TV.

                      1. Dogstar Jan 29, 2007 05:06 AM

                        Those classic cooking shows reflected an interest in teaching cooking, culture, and an appreciation for foodways. Since none of these really encourages pointless merchanidzing, TFN is not interested.

                        1. Sarah Jan 28, 2007 07:47 PM

                          You only have to check out Guy's Big Bite and Paula's Party to see the direction the FC is headed! So sad, had so much potential.

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                            Clarissa Jan 28, 2007 07:26 PM

                            If they'd rerun "Taste," I'd tape the whole series. I'd also love to see Desaulniers. My memory of the very early days is Debbie Fields mixing up cookie batter with her little hand-held mixer, in front of that set that looked like something from a school play.

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