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Nov 10, 2008 07:12 PM

For all of you "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" fans ...

(of which I am a big one, a fan that is)

... here's a nice little piece from the WSJ with Guy Fieri discussing his new book;

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  1. Has this writer done his homework? "He currently hosts "Guy's Big Bite;" Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," and "Guy off the Hook;"" AFAIK, Big Bite and Off the Hook are both off the air. (Thank goodness, in the case of the latter.

    I like the food featured on DDD, so the cookbook might be interesting. But I wonder what kind of arrangement Fieri made with the restaurant owners. Isn't he essentially ripping off their recipes?

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    1. re: lscanlon

      I'm quite certain that someone has cleared these recipes with the diner owners.
      Besides, unless they have a secret to their recipe, you can pick most of the stuff up by just watching the show.
      Last night I made sliders like they do at White Manna. I got the idea from the show.


      1. re: lscanlon

        Why would you think the writer hasn't done his homework?

        Guy's Big Bite is on 6 days a week. Looks like Off The Hook has more episodes in December.

        1. re: ccbweb

          What is the deal with Guy? I like him and his restaurant recommendations. He is a real guy who loves to cook, much like the people on this board. He knows his food, loves it, and loves to share his passion for it. We would all love to be in his place

          1. re: ccbweb

            as i've said in past threads, i love DDD [although i haven't watched it in a while], and i've never seen Big Bite or Off the Hook. but as much as i enjoy watching Guy and his big personality on DDD, i *cringed* when i read in the article that they're actually doing another season of Ultimate Recipe Showdown. i can't believe they had enough viewers to warrant bringing it back! i tried - unsuccessfully - on 3 different occasions to watch that show. it was AWFUL.

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              tyler's ultimate recipe? i like that show. i guess that is different from ultimate recipe showdown. those showdown shows are such a melodramatic waste of time. let me listen to caroline's "fog" cd and read a cookbook!

              1. re: alkapal

                Ultimate Recipe Showdown" with Guy Fieri & Marc Summers is verrrry different from Tyler's Ultimate [which i happen to really enjoy].

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  Indeed. It would be hard to find two more different shows on Food Network.

                  I also enjoy Tyler's Ultimate quite a bit. I do not enjoy Ultimate Recipe Showdown at all.

                  DDD is a whole bunch of fun.

            2. re: ccbweb

              Are you sure the Big Bites aren't reruns? Can't imagine why Off the Hook hasn't been canceled.

          2. I really like DDD -- it has become perhaps my favorite show on the Food Network. Along with Alton Brown's travel-journal shows (the two motorcycle treks and Carribean sail) Guy Fiero finds interesting places with appealing menus and sometimes touching, often inspiring back-stories. That said, c'mon Guy, let's give up some of the schtick -- we don't need the huge stuffed-mouth open-jawed bites anymore, we don't need to glorify food wastage by smushing stuff or throwing it around, and DDD can be delicious, down-to-earth, and fun without being juvenile.

            1. I really like DDD. I think it shows some of the most creative food and techniques on FN. I wouldn't mind if Guy toned it down, though.