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Bourdain on the Food Networks Personalities

KTinNYC Feb 8, 2007 01:27 PM

AB guest blogging for Michael Ruhlman. Just plain funny.


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  1. LulusMom RE: KTinNYC Feb 8, 2007 01:45 PM

    Fantastic. Thanks so much for posting.

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      byteme55 RE: KTinNYC Feb 8, 2007 03:29 PM

      One of the comments by Homer Fink stated..

      Did y'all SEE that "Kwanzaa Cake" that Sandra Lee made one time? I didn't catch the episode--I'd LOVE to know what her rationale was--but it was a storebought angelfood cake frosted with a can of vanilla icing with a couple tablespoons of cocoa stirred in; there was peanut butter involved, and then the center hole was plugged up with apple pie filling and CORN NUTS. I kid you not.

      The funniest thing I have read this year.

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        Seth Chadwick RE: byteme55 Feb 8, 2007 06:28 PM



        And they say there is no Devil.

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          Sarah RE: pilinut Feb 9, 2007 12:33 PM

          I saw a show for Chinese food. All I remember is that her kitchen was done up in some crazed faux "oriental" theme; she was "cooking" while wearing a cheong sam and had chopsticks stuck in her head. A hoot! The food? Didn't stay that long.

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          brycat RE: byteme55 Jul 20, 2008 05:35 PM

          I have never gotten over this hideous concoction I sent the Bourdain "tearing the FN a new one Blog" to several of my fellow culinary pals ( Chef 's I know from culinary school) and they absolutely loved it and then I directed them to the kwanzaa cake and most comments about it in return were, " Was this some kind of april fools day show" or "Why is this woman on FN?" and the best from my pastry chef friend Rachel "This woman is evil and MUST be stopped!!!" she feared for the lives of other innocent pastry that may come near her boney witch like claws

          The nightmare didnt stop in that episode, did anyone remember her "Christmas Crecent Ring" made with those crecent rolls from the can!!!......http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sa...

        3. The Librarian RE: KTinNYC Feb 8, 2007 05:38 PM

          This is great. I can just hear Tony saying it!

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            nosh RE: KTinNYC Feb 8, 2007 06:07 PM

            Thanks for the link. Some of the imagery is spot-on and hilarious.

            Ruhlman has a fine website and interesting blog. For those who are uninitiated, his series of books "Making of a Chef," "Soul of a Chef" and "Reach of a Chef" are well-written, give an intimate sense of the restaurant kitchen and training at the CIA, and have some laugh-out-loud anecdotes.

            1. Seth Chadwick RE: KTinNYC Feb 8, 2007 06:21 PM

              He really hit the nail on the head with "Ace of Cakes." I have watched several episodes and while his creations are pure eye candy, I always ask myself if there is more than just a pretty facade.

              Do the cakes taste good? Who knows? They never show anyone actually eating the cake and raving about how good it is. Once the knife goes into the cake, the show is over, so there better be something else there.

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                kloomis RE: Seth Chadwick Feb 8, 2007 08:05 PM

                for the big bucks he claims people pay for his cakes, they better taste good, or he'd probably go out of business. As a Gen-X (or Y-er), I enjoy Duff and Co.

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                  charmedgirl RE: Seth Chadwick Feb 9, 2007 05:40 AM

                  I'm from Baltimore and word on the street is that the cakes are also quite tasty. I haven't had one, so I can't comment. I will say that I find it a very hard to believe that they'd taste any good since often those super-duper decorated cakes are quite dense (to support the layers of icing and whatnot) and made days in advance (because the decorating takes so long). Plus, in my opinion, fondant and all those other technically-edible-sugar-concoctions they use to decorate just don't taste good, period. All tolled, I seriously can't imagine it's a cake actually worth eating.

                  But like I said, word on the street is, they're good.

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                    KTinNYC RE: charmedgirl Feb 9, 2007 06:43 AM

                    All the fondant on those cakes really puts me off, too. I don't like overly sweet foods so an inch of sugar seems too much.

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                      Phaedrus RE: charmedgirl Feb 9, 2007 09:50 AM

                      I really truly despise fondant. maybe I have had bad fondant but it is way too sweet and the texture just turns me off. Not a big fan of sugar frosting in general. Cream frosting on the other had....

                    2. re: Seth Chadwick
                      jzerocsk RE: Seth Chadwick Feb 9, 2007 08:16 AM

                      I have a friend who lives in that area and got her wedding cake made by Charm City Cakes before FoodTV picked them up and has always raved about how good they are.

                    3. LindaWhit RE: KTinNYC Feb 9, 2007 05:35 AM

                      This is a great blog! I love his Rachael comment: "Rachael uses her strange and terrible powers to narcotize her public with her hypnotic mantra of Yummo and Evoo and Sammys. “You’re doing just fine. You don’t even have to chop an onion--you can buy it already chopped. Aspire to nothing…Just sit there. Have another Triscuit…Sleep….sleep….”


                      Edited to say his Sandra Lee comment is pure gold! LOL And I loved that he matched up Mikey from Top Chef against her in an Iron Chef America competition!

                      1. Robert Lauriston RE: KTinNYC Feb 9, 2007 07:55 AM

                        "Chris Cosentino, Fergus Henderson, Martin Picard vs. Alain Passard, Roxanne Klein and Charlie Trotter"!

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                          houndgirl RE: KTinNYC Feb 9, 2007 10:02 AM

                          I'd love to see Tony compete on Iron Chef. Battle Tobacco!

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