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Anyone else enjoying Create TV?

We enjoy watching some of the cooking shows on Create TV -- is it a subsidiary of the PBS folks? Maryann Esposito is a hoot, and I like to watch Lidia Bastianich (although I'm pretty sure I would not want to make her mad....). There is a new show with Mark Bittman from the NY Times that's also pretty entertaining. It's a nice change from the commercial-laden Food Network (in fact, be ready to watch the SAME commercial over and over on Create), but be forewarned that very often what is listed in the TV listings for Create is not actually what they are playing. It's kinda like playing cooking and DIY show roulette -- a fun game if you're bored....

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  1. I've found some fun stuff on there. One late night there was a "marathon" of some cake decorating show I'd never seen before. There were two women slathering more frosting than seemed sane or possible onto a ton of cakes, cupcakes, etc. The object of the game was to FROST, not apparently, to be edible!
    They also run the old Burt Wolf series, I like his take on food history and culture. Interesting stuff.

    1. I love that channel! I can indulge in Jacques Pepin! I also like Lidia and when I can catch her Daisy Martinez. And they show my favorite blast from the past (non-food related) Bob Ross Joy of Painting!

      1. I like the culinary shows on Create, but if they run that commercial one more time ("I like to eat..."), I'm going to cook myself.

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        1. re: Bostonbob3

          "Don't be messin' with my kugel." AAARRRGGGHHH!!!

          1. re: bards4

            And 7 years later, still the same promo...
            haha, LOL, smilies:-), +1 and I shall now recommend you
            Stay tuned for the same promo after up/down votes are implemented.

            Still better content than cable cooking channels, IMO.

          2. re: Bostonbob3

            I get the one with the woman with short hair looking up and down at the shows-she must have a stiff neck by now

          3. I miss this channel a lot. Unfortunately, I recently switched cable companies and wouldn't you know they don't carry it. Ugh. I DO NOT miss their commercial though - the one that runs two minutes before EVERY frickin' show - you know the one. Oy, with that noodle kugel already.

            Link: http://www.thirteen.org/watchcreate/h...

            1. Alas I don't think Comcast carries it... DIY TV is okay but their food shows seem to be on the basic side...

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              1. re: Kajikit

                Our local Comcast carries it on one of their "educational programming" channels. It's broadcast from our local PBS station. You might want to check with your PBS station to see if they send it to Comcast.

                1. re: jackiecat

                  Yes - our Boston MA Comcast connection carries it as well but I have yet to watch.
                  Should I?

                    1. re: ritabwh

                      LOL... I've been watching Create for seven years now. Not all day long, mind, but every so often. I find I like the travel programs rather than the cooking programs, though.

                2. I personally -love- Create TV! Depending on the day, I can watch stuff for hours straight. I also love the fact they repeat the programming 3 times a day, as I work till midnite most nights. (yes, I can DVR it, but it's nice to not have to worry about it)

                  I'm totally in love with New Scandinavian Cooking, show-wise. Gorgeous scenery, delicious sounding and fairly easy recipies, and so far, the 2 hosts i've seen are low-key, and likeable. I love everything about the show, and am delighted to hear there's new episodes out, (hopefully to be shown soon on Create) with a 3rd new host.

                  Daisy Cooks is a fun show, and another likeable host that dosen't irratate me to bits. (like RR, and Bobby Flay and 95% of FN hosts do)

                  I hope Create is able to show older shows, like Jeff Smith, or Justin Wilson, or even Julia Child- it's nice to have a look back and see how much (or little, based on how you think about it) food/cooking programs have come.

                  I will agree with everyone who's getting tired of Create TV's commercial! They play it 3-4 times an HOUR, and maybe if I didn't find some of the "people" they have in it annoying, i'd deal with it better. Yes, the "Don't be messin' with my noodle kugel" lady makes me want to reach thru the tube and SMACK her!

                  1. Just got a digital converter box and immediately gravitated toward Create TV. Have cable (Food Network in the rest of the house) but not in the kitchen. This is the first time I have seen Create TV and it is great; real chefs cooking as opposed to food entertainment. Now I wish I had it on all of my TVs!

                    1. I'm be watching Create for several months now. Not interested in the knitting and sewing shows, but love the food shows. Lidia is great, made gnocchi using her recipe. Hubert Keller is good also.

                      1. I like Create mostly cooking shows, I am displeased that in my part of the Country, they no longer air Test Kitchen, Daisy Cooks and a pastry type show.

                        1. I love this station, was so happy when I accidentally discovered it earlier this year.

                          1. I also watch the cooking shows on Create sometimes.
                            I like Simply Ming, America Test Kitchen, and more recently, Made in Spain.

                            Made in Spain showcases different regions of Spain and each region's cuisine. The host travels to Spain and it's refreshing to see the chefs cooking fresh local ingredients with just simple oil, salt & pepper.

                            1. Where do I find this? I have DirecTV. Does satellite carry it?

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                                1. re: Chocolatechipkt

                                  Thanks. I wrote them. So, I guess I'll see.

                                2. re: HarryK

                                  My ATT Uverse doesn't carry it (of course... it might interfere with one of their hundreds of shopping channels) but my bedroom television is purposely not connected to cable/ATT Uverse.

                                  Several channels are not on my cable lineup, including 3 local digital PBS channels that I can see on analog with an antenna. PBS-3 is where I watch Create. It may be a similar situation where you live.

                                  1. re: juliasqueezer

                                    I don't think Create is distributed independently of local PBS stations.

                                    1. re: paulj

                                      I don't know what your comment means, but I may have been unclear. That happens a lot. In my area, my cable carrier is ATT-Uverse, and they only carry one PBS channel. Air digital (broadcast digital? That you bring in by digital converter antenna?) has 3 local PBS channels. One of them is Create. A friend has DISH network and they carry all 3 local PBS channels, including Create. ATT-Uverse chose to not carry the other PBS channels in their lineup.

                                      1. re: juliasqueezer

                                        We have Uverse as well and they don't carry our local Create either, also a digital channel. Come to think of it we don't get any digital broadcast channels as far as I know.

                                3. I love create...The show rotation keeps it fresh...This programming is what FN could have been...Cablevision in Central NJ 133...

                                  1. In previous summers, they've shown Steve Raichlen's barbecuing show, which is entertaining for both the useful information given and for the fact that Steve Raichlen has to be one of the most awkward, uncomfortable, wooden TV presenters I've ever seen. It approaches some kind of zen purity.

                                    And yes, Create is one of several digital cable channels run by good ol' WGBH here in Boston. Although no longer here in 02134.

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                                      1. re: smtucker

                                        I know, that's why I was bitterly disappointed when they moved from Allston to Brighton.

                                    1. I love Create! They have some great food shows!

                                      1. After a few days of house sitting I've discovered the tv has Create and I'm in hog heaven. Now if we can do something about their 10 year old promos.

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                                        1. re: ennuisans

                                          Create is on in my kitchen all day. I even watch the woodworking shows (the painting shows, not so much). I love Ming and the New Scandanavian cooks, John Besh is so-so. Last week they started two new shows. One is with Ian Knauer (former editor of Gourmet) called The Farm, and the other is with Irish chef Neven Maguire.

                                          HOWEVER, I must agree with other posters on another thread, they made a real programming blunder with the Robin Shea "80/20" show and the Jazzy Vegetarian. They are both just plain bad but I'm sure very cheap to air.

                                          1. re: sandiasingh

                                            80/20 is horrid, while Jazzy Vegetarian is merely annoying. I admit to switching to another channel or turning off the thing if either of those two people come on. I also really dislike A Chef's Life, but I don't think it is probably a stupid show. Just not my taste.

                                            1. re: smtucker

                                              I'm not a big fan of A Chef's Life either. I find her personality annoying, but that's just me. It's an interesting story and well produced but she rubs me the wrong way.

                                              1. re: sandiasingh

                                                I think I'd like chef's life but will wait until home to watch it online I think. Have to agree about 80/20 and Jazzy mainly because the recipes are mostly overly basic. At least Jamie Oliver admits his food is bog simple, or whatever his phrase is.

                                                1. re: sandiasingh

                                                  I feel the same way. I've tried to like this show because I do like the premise, but it's oddly off-putting and I can't figure out why.

                                                  The only other shows on Create that I actively avoid are Katie Brown (seriously? her "crafts"?) and Pati Jinich (probably spelling that wrong) of Pati's Mexican Kitchen. I like the food she makes, but I need to watch with the sound off. She needs a voice coach or something.

                                                  I love all the others and it's probably my favorite channel.

                                                  1. re: juliasqueezer

                                                    So it's not just me! Poor Pati's voice drives me up the wall!! That woman who does the For Your Home Show has the same affect on me. They both seriously need a voice coach.

                                                    1. re: juliasqueezer

                                                      Thank you for saying that. I want to make an "I hate Katie Brown" website with a pitiful display of her crafts and "recipes." Her self righteous know-it-all attitude baffles me. Even my boyfriend has watched a few episodes and commented "Who the hell gave that lady a TV show?"

                                                      Pati's voice is like nails on a blackboard. Or maybe more like 10,000 children who've gotten into the sugar jar and are just TALKING TALKING TALKING while you're trying to relax.

                                                      Interestingly, I've seen a few episodes with her sisters and other family and none of them even have an accent, let alone that awful voice.

                                                      Her food looks great though.

                                                2. re: sandiasingh

                                                  They have a combination of presenters, talented and un, in their other categories, too. There are good decorators, painters, seamstresses, etc., and God-awful ones. I have no idea what the programming considerations are, but am convinced that it would be better to dust off some of the really old cooking series - Justin Wilson, Pierre Franey, Yan Can Cook, etc, than most of the currently-scheduled shows. Some of the worst ones are short-lived but there are ho-hum ones like Caprial and John, that they keep in the loop. Hard to believe that these cost less to broadcast than the very old ones would.

                                                  1. re: greygarious

                                                    Amen, grey. That is a great idea. Create, are you listening?

                                                    PS. Caprial and John--whiskey, tango, foxtrot were they thinking?

                                                    1. re: greygarious

                                                      Cookin' Cheap! Someone needs to bring back Cookin' Cheap! Loved that show!

                                                    2. re: sandiasingh

                                                      I just watched The Farm with Ian Knauer for the first time and really enjoyed it. He cooked quite a bit of delicious-looking food in a short time, and was low-key and likable. He also did a nice job explaining technique, etc.

                                                      After that, I watched about five minutes of Robin Shea, also for the first time, and had to change the channel. I came here to see if anyone agreed that the show is lame, and I guess I'm not alone! Hard to believe that PBS can't do better than that.

                                                      1. re: bear

                                                        I think Create is suffering from programming schizophrenia. In their new line-up (announced a few weeks ago) they have some terrific new shows, like Ian Knauer's and Neven Maguire's, and they have some just plain god-awful shows like Robin Shea's and Sing for Your Supper. Maybe they have a new programming team or are trying to balance the more expensive shows with the cheap-cheapies.

                                                        1. re: sandiasingh

                                                          Where do they get the shows from? Create doesn't produce any itself.

                                                          1. re: paulj

                                                            Production companies pitch the shows, and then PBS decides which to "buy" based on demographics and price. At least that is what I have heard over the years.

                                                            PBS produces very few shows these days.

                                                            1. re: smtucker

                                                              A pretty comprehensive list of cooking shows that they run, or have run in the past is at

                                                              http://www.createtv.com/CreateProgram...

                                                              1. re: paulj

                                                                Oh, the horror! I'd prefer not to be reminded of a number of those series. It should be noted that many on the list are not shown as weekly series; they crop up in the Saturday marathon schedule, which is always on a particular topic (or sometimes series). E.g., Paul Prudhomme is there because his turducken show is on sometime during the Thanksgiving/Christmas season.

                                                                1. re: paulj

                                                                  Wow, Daisy Cooks is completely gone. I liked it more than her FN show.

                                                            2. re: sandiasingh

                                                              They've run Sing for Your Supper before. They seem to have standards that are ALWAYS in the lineup, including Bob Ross, Rick Steves, Lidia Bastianich, and Ming Tsai. Then there's the second string, which changes. They might run "Slop", a 13-ep series, repeat it, then go on to something else and then a year or two later bring Slop back, airing the same shows again. I tend to block the memory of the bad pennies until they resurface. Early on in the period when TV signals went over to digital is when I first saw Create. That's got to be 4-5 yrs now, and this programming pattern has been their norm from the time I started watching.

                                                              1. re: greygarious

                                                                That's pretty much what they said on their FB page in response to a similar query. It's all about budgeting and some low cost shows just fill air time. Jacques Pepin and Julia and Jacques is on continuously & Mary Ann Esposito seems to hold a regular slot (although, for the life me of I don't know why).

                                                                We've had it here for about that long and I used to watch it in Boston when I went back and forth too.

                                                                1. re: sandiasingh

                                                                  I seem to remember reading in an interview with Sara Moulton, sometime in the last year or so, that she had to find her own sponsors, in the million dollar range, in order to produce and keep her show on PBS. It's probably a similar sponsorship arrangement for Create.

                                                                  1. re: pamf

                                                                    Create is PBS, isn't it?

                                                                    Or in more detail: Create TV is produced and distributed by American Public Television (APT), WNET and WGBH Boston in association with NETA and PBS. - See more at: http://www.createtv.com/CreateTV.nsf/...

                                                                  2. re: sandiasingh

                                                                    "Mary Ann Esposito seems to hold a regular slot (although, for the life me of I don't know why)."

                                                                    Aw, I actually like her, because she reminds me of all of my sweetie's kind of dumpy-looking Italian grandmas who come into his medical office in South Jersey (whenever they bring food, it's amazing). And I've actually made a couple of her recipes that came out incredible.

                                                            3. re: sandiasingh

                                                              I really Like a Chef's Life... It won A Peacody this year

                                                          2. Does anyone know if Create is on Directv and what channel?

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                                                            1. re: nosh

                                                              I have Comcast but friends have Direct tv and don't have Create. Maybe you can get it through an Apple TV box or Amazon Prime.

                                                              1. re: nosh

                                                                Direct TV Pacific Time Zone does not carry Create. One over the air station that carries it in LA is KLCS CH 58.

                                                                1. re: Samalicious

                                                                  Create is a service that each individual public television station can choose to carry or not. So its availability is entirely dependent on the area in which you live.

                                                                  Some of the shows are available on pbs.org/food, many others are not because they are distributed by American Public Television.

                                                              2. In NYC, Create TV is linked to WLIW TV, a PBS station now owned by WNET TV, PBS's flagship in our area. I enjoy watching the cooking and travel shows.

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                                                                1. re: John Francis

                                                                  Yes, WLIW TV represents several channels in the NY area, including Create, and a history channel in the same channel range. I enjoy watching Create on occasion, but plain PBS WLIW has some great programming, including The Mind of a Chef, along with ATK & Cooks Country. I even enjoy Martha Stewarts Baking show, if only in small doses.

                                                                2. Anyone else in miami beach watch it on atlantic broadband?They scrambled it about 6 months ago and i dont know why.I love watching america's test kitchen with that dork richard kimble presiding over how to make a certain recipe better,and consumer ratings on kitchen gadgets by jack bishop.I used to watch it on channel 95-5 and would love to have someone tell me how to unscramble it without spending even more money with atlantic broadband.

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                                                                  1. re: travlnmike

                                                                    do you have a box? It looks like its Channel 651 on the most basic package, you just need to have a box because its a digital channel.

                                                                  2. yes! and it is now 2014. for me, create is now preferred over food network and the cooking channel.

                                                                    1. Yes, there are several shows I like to watch, especially Ming Tsai's shows, and the Cook's Illustrated ones, and Rick Bayless and several others that don't spring immediately to mind. But they have some shows that I can't stand, which is par for the course for most of us. I also like the Iron Chef America reruns.

                                                                      1. I was just curious, do you all watch Create during primetime or during the day? I would personally rather watch "The Farm with Ian Knauer" which is not on during primetime over "Eat, Drink, Italy."

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                                                                        1. re: MeLikeToEat

                                                                          Daytime mostly. They used to repeat the same 6-hr block of programs 4 times a day. I preferred that. It seems like whenever I turn to it at night, it's Rick Steves or This Old House.

                                                                          1. re: greygarious

                                                                            Tonight's schedule (Tues) I see 4 segments of home/travel between 6-12pm. And 8 of cooking instruction.

                                                                          2. re: MeLikeToEat

                                                                            I wish I could watch it all day, but I have ATT U-verse as my cable provider. They exclude many channels in their cable lineup while loading up on sports, religious and shopping channels. ATT broadcasts only the main PBS channel, even though the local PBS station broadcasts on 3 different channels. Create is on number 3.

                                                                            When everything went digital, I wisely kept one TV, in the bedroom, on analog and bought a converter antenna (just a plastic 6-inch square thing that plugs into the back of the TV). Surprisingly, this brings in a myriad of stations not carried by ATT, including the other PBS stations. So if I want to watch Create, I have to watch it on the non-cable bedroom TV. I end up turning it on when I'm going to bed, so I mainly see Lydia's Italian whatever.

                                                                            1. re: juliasqueezer

                                                                              Our Uverse also does not carry Create, and last year dropped the CW network entirely (I think maybe Arkansas has only one CW station, or something). But we can't leave because our local cable doesn't seem to carry Sprout, which the kids love.

                                                                          3. Considering I get off work at 1130, Create has become a godsend. There isn't much more than Create and Netflix that time of night.

                                                                            1. Although the shows are all repeats, it's better than the Food Network..and..I get my Rick Steves fix!

                                                                              1. who is the "noodle kugel" girl? she is beautiful.

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                                                                                1. re: GhettoGourmet

                                                                                  This ENTIRE time I thought she was saying "noodle cooker", even when forum people were saying kugel, because I didn't know it was a thing. (My brain told me they were mistakenly thinking of kegels. This brain of mine, man.)

                                                                                  1. re: ennuisans

                                                                                    I am glad I'm not the only one who was hearing "noodle cooker".....I've been wondering the whole time...what the heck is a noodle cooker! Lol

                                                                                2. Create is kind of a staple in our house. Cook's Country/Test Kitchen is our favorite show. Can't stand the Jazzy Vegetarian's attitude, or Pati's voice (like Giada on helium). I actually dig the ad and have made up backstories for all the people. I especially love the flannel shirt clad British girl. She reminds me of Daphne from Frasier.