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Jan 3, 2011 10:57 AM

What's wrong with all the cooking shows on TV?

What's wrong is they never show who washes the dishes. They use 5 different machines, 20 plates and bowls, many knives, forks, spoons, and towels. And all they do is put them underneath the counter to some unknown place where they are never seen again. The next show they use brand new ones that's never been used before. Do those pots and pans and knives and plates get washed, or do they just throw them out?

I can't begin to try any of the recipes because I am the one who wash all those dishes. Give me a show where someone actually takes those dishes and washes them.

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  1. Whenever I watch 30 Minute Meals, I think 1 hour cleanup.

    I'd love a show that accurately represents a home kitchen- how many people have counter space for 3 machines? I know I don't have 4 skillets or a double oven or a built in deep fryer.

    3 Replies
    1. re: cheesecake17

      One of the reasons I might shy away from a certain recipe is I don't want to use 3 pans, 3 pots, several plates and several bowls!

      But I don't want to watch them clean either!

      1. re: libgirl2

        Lots of times you can streamline the recipe to use less pots/pans and prep bowls. Instead of using several small bowls for chopped or cut items, layer with waxed paper in a larger bowl. If you have two items to saute, use one pan, or wipe out the pan between uses.

      2. re: cheesecake17

        Similarly, when Rachael Ray exclaims that you can cook a fine meal in less time than it takes to get takeout, I think to myself, "What about the cleanup!"

      3. I don't follow. They don't show a lot of the prep work (or market shopping) either, but just skip to the important part where one may need a demonstration. I also can't recall any recipe where the dish washing took longer than the active cooking.

        I sort of get the feeling that this is an indirect rant against those that are not doing their part with the household duties...

        1. I get your point, but will say the obvious: No one wants to tune in to watch someone wash dishes, not even "washing as you go." It's not realistic to expect that tv cooking will be an accurate reflection of home kitchen. Julia Child didn't wash dishes on The French Chef back in the seventies, and no one's going to start now. I guarantee you that.

          I actually think many of the cooking shows' recipes use fewer dishes than we do in our house on a regular basis. Yes, we wash them all. Eventually, <wink> It's part of life that the home kitchen is never as spotless and "everything in its place" as those on tv. As Stuart Smalley used to say "and that's o-kay." So, the kitchen's a wreck a couple days a week? So, what? I have delicious food that lasts through several meals. I consider that a small triumph, no matter the state of the kitchen.

          1. They are called "cooking shows" not "preparation shows" or "cleanup shows".

            9 Replies
            1. re: ipsedixit

              Should there be a dishwashing network?

              1. re: James Cristinian

                Isn't that on BravoTV? Something called the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"?

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Oh, you clearly have something better to do than watch RHs. There is little dish washing on that franchise, because those women are paid to fight, not clean house.

                  1. re: amyzan

                    I've never seen that show (except for the previews they run during Top Chef).

                    Was really trying to be funny ... unsuccessfully I guess.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      Unfortunately, Bravo's programming is largely funniest when it's snarky. Be glad you've never wasted your time with RH. For me, it's like the anti-feminist train wreck I can't help but witness. God help me.

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        I once was in the proverbial doghouse when I tried to be funny. The joke went something like this...'How much does it cost to repair your wife's watch?.........Isn't there still a clock on the stove"?

                  2. This may be a case of finding something new to complain about just for the hell of it.