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Recommendations for the Cooking Channel?

pine time Aug 22, 2011 12:51 PM

Just realized I can get the Cooking Channel. Any ideas on what you like/dislike there?

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    HillJ RE: pine time Aug 22, 2011 01:07 PM

    Chuck's Day Off http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/chuck... Canada

    Dolce Vita http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/david... Italy

    Bill's Food http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/bills... Australia

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      Maggie19 RE: pine time Aug 22, 2011 01:28 PM

      I'm new to Bitchin Kitchen, but Nadia is growing on me ......

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        inaplasticcup RE: Maggie19 Aug 24, 2011 01:50 PM

        LOL. I was gonna say stay away from Bitchin Kitchen unless you wanna end up wanting to punch yourself in the face with brass knuckles for watching it.

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          EWSflash RE: inaplasticcup Aug 30, 2011 07:15 PM

          a big +1 there...

      2. pamf RE: pine time Aug 22, 2011 01:50 PM

        I really like French Food at Home with Laura Calder
        +1 for Chuck's Day Off and Dolce Vita. All of these are on during the daytime, so if you cannot watch then you might want to try recording them.

        Laura and Chuck's shows were previously seen on Food Network Canada.

        I watch Cooking Channel a lot more than I watch Food Network these days, but unfortunately after just over a year of being on the air they are showing far too many repeats. The new programming that they have is a little lackluster but better than FN's endless competition shows.

        Last evening's block of 2 or 3 pizza themed shows was interesting, for example, but nothing that special.

        Since you are new to CC you will probably enjoy the first few months, but unless they start getting a lot of new programming, you will start to notice the repeats.

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          Greek Chefs Daughter RE: pine time Aug 22, 2011 01:51 PM

          Plus one for "Chuck's Day Off", "Dolce Vita", and "Bill's Food". I also enjoy "Extra Virgin".

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            pine time RE: pine time Aug 22, 2011 02:06 PM

            Thanks, all! Soooo looking forward to a vacation from cupcake wars!

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              rasputina RE: pine time Aug 22, 2011 02:16 PM

              I liked French Food at Home and Spice Goddess.

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                DavidPalmer RE: pine time Aug 22, 2011 03:41 PM

                Definitely agree with the recommendation of French Food at Home. I find Laura Calder to be extremely appealing. However, Cooking Channel only seems to be re-running season 3 for the past 9 months or so. I've only seen about 15 episodes total.

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                  Bunson RE: pine time Aug 22, 2011 07:08 PM

                  I like The Originals with Emeril and Hook Line and Dinner with Ben Sargent...nothing groundbreaking but I've always had a preference for the "travel city-to-city and eat at 3 establishments" formula.

                  1. menton1 RE: pine time Aug 22, 2011 09:29 PM

                    David Rocco's show is excellent. As a matter of fact, I find the content on CC to be superior most of the time now to FN, which is dominated by Iron Chef and those dumb contest shows. Just wish CC was broadcast in HD!

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                      thew RE: menton1 Aug 24, 2011 06:35 AM

                      it's in HD here in NYC

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                        menton1 RE: thew Aug 24, 2011 08:21 AM

                        No it is not, it's not available anywhere. Check their statement near the bottom of this link. Hope they get it soon, like I said, I like their content a lot better than FN!


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                          thew RE: menton1 Aug 24, 2011 08:40 AM

                          i'm watching in HD right now as we speak

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                            Boudleaux RE: thew Aug 24, 2011 10:11 AM

                            I watch it in HD as well. Maybe they haven't updated their FAQ.

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                              thew RE: Boudleaux Aug 24, 2011 01:48 PM

                              i love when people argue against your own experience.

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                                menton1 RE: thew Aug 25, 2011 09:11 AM

                                I called them, they are a division of Scripps Howard, and they said that HD won't be available until possibly 1st Q 2012. So much for "experience". They said that perhaps your cable co is mislabeling it.

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                                  Boudleaux RE: menton1 Aug 25, 2011 10:47 AM

                                  Well then, AT&T is mislabeling it in my case. I have 2 channels on U-Verse for The Cooking Channel. One in the "regular" channel lineup and one that's in the HD lineup.

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                      Evilbanana11 RE: pine time Aug 23, 2011 05:05 AM

                      What the hell is this channel? Aren't all these shows Canadian? I know Chuck's day off, french food at home, Dolce Vita and Bitchin Kitchen are.

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                        HillJ RE: Evilbanana11 Aug 23, 2011 05:28 AM


                        No need to get huffy.

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                          rasputina RE: Evilbanana11 Aug 23, 2011 09:12 AM

                          You guys should have kept bitchin kitchen up there.

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                            Evilbanana11 RE: rasputina Aug 24, 2011 06:32 AM

                            No thanks you can have her :).

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                            anonymoose RE: Evilbanana11 Aug 24, 2011 10:10 AM

                            I think a good quarter of the shows on that channel are from Food Network Canada. ;)

                            I recommend that you avoid Food Jammers at all costs.

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                              thew RE: anonymoose Aug 24, 2011 01:48 PM

                              why? you don't like innovative stoners?

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                                anonymoose RE: thew Aug 25, 2011 09:00 AM

                                Not unless they're sharing.

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                                  thew RE: anonymoose Aug 30, 2011 02:42 PM

                                  head to canada. stoners are generally very generous

                          3. Njchicaa RE: pine time Aug 23, 2011 09:24 AM

                            I like Nigella, Dolce Vita, Extra Virgin, and Everyday Exotic.

                            As someone stated above, after awhile though it becomes all repeats like FN.

                            1. Pat Hammond RE: pine time Aug 23, 2011 03:27 PM

                              I don't get the channel but I catch it when I can, here and there. I like Annie Sibonney's "From Spain with Love". She knows Spain and the and food and she can sure eat!

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                                Delucacheesemonger RE: Pat Hammond Aug 26, 2011 06:30 PM

                                She laughs too much but the places she goes to, eight of them are on my next trip to Spain list already, esp the giant scallion festival.

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                                jackiecat RE: pine time Aug 23, 2011 04:46 PM

                                No love for the 2 Fat Ladies? That's must see TV for me!

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                                  Boudleaux RE: jackiecat Aug 23, 2011 05:48 PM

                                  I love seeing 2 Fat Ladies again and I'm pleased that the Cooking Channel is also running Julia Child! My favorites have been named in this thread but I also like to watch Luke Nguyen's Vietnam. I hope I spelled his name right.

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                                    HillJ RE: Boudleaux Aug 23, 2011 05:57 PM

                                    I am also a fan of Luke Nguyen's Vietnam show. I especially enjoyed the episode where he cooked a hot plate meal while traveling down the river. His style and approach to food is so inspiring.

                                    The gal that Pat mentioned above hosting the show on Spain's food is a delight too. I just haven't caught enough episodes yet.

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                                      alliegator RE: HillJ Aug 24, 2011 12:48 PM

                                      I love Luke's Vietnam. Imo, it's really in a class of it's own.
                                      Chuck's Day Off is good, as well as anything with Ching-He Huang. I believe she has a couple of shows.

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                                        HillJ RE: alliegator Aug 24, 2011 12:50 PM

                                        It's hard not to find Ching-he Huang's enthusiasm welcoming but I wish some of her dishes were a bit more challenging. Great warm spirit tho.

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                                          inaplasticcup RE: alliegator Aug 24, 2011 01:51 PM

                                          Another for Luke Nguyen's Vietnam. :)

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                                            monavano RE: inaplasticcup Aug 24, 2011 02:00 PM

                                            He's a great host.

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                                              Shrinkrap RE: inaplasticcup Sep 2, 2011 08:46 PM


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                                            bards4 RE: HillJ Aug 27, 2011 05:55 PM

                                            Absolutely two big thumbs up for Luke Nguyen. His show is fascinating and authentic and completely charming. Well, except for that one time he ate a raw, fertilized duck egg. I had to cover my eyes for that....

                                      2. monavano RE: pine time Aug 24, 2011 02:01 PM

                                        Jamie at Home is excellent. He cooks so simply and fresh. He's got an amazing appreciation for simplicity. I can't wait to get to the farmers market when i watch.

                                        1. emily RE: pine time Aug 25, 2011 09:51 AM

                                          I like French Food at Home (though, as others have mentioned, the same 10 shows keep repeating), From Spain with Love and Jamie at Home. I dropped Bill's Food, Spice Goddess and Rachel Allen: Bake!.

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                                            EWSflash RE: emily Aug 30, 2011 07:21 PM

                                            My husband pointed out that the host of French Food at home keeps her teeth clamped together no matter what-I do like the show but now I can't stop looking.And my son was watching it, and i told him about the clenched teeth, and he informed me that i'd pretty much ruined the show for him (for the same reason). But other than that it's an enjoyable and educational show.

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                                            SharaMcG RE: pine time Aug 25, 2011 11:19 AM

                                            Julia Child is on at 2pm my time (EST) Tuesday through Friday. I can never get enough of her! Love David Rocco's and Laura Calder's shows, too. Also Nigella and Roger Mooking's shows, Chuck's Day Off, even Brunch with Bobby Flay (where we actually get to see him cooking again) is good. And Foodography has grown on me: I've become rather fond of Mo Rocca, who to me is like Alton Brown's younger, hipper brother. No, Mo doesn't cook but lots of interesting info on that show. I cannot watch Bytchin Kitchen: those flame graphics and the overall goofiness get on my last nerve. I wish she'd dial back on the wacky factor because some of the recipes look pretty good, but I can never stand to have it on more than a minute or two.

                                            1. kpaumer RE: pine time Aug 25, 2011 12:35 PM

                                              I really like Luke's Vietnam, Part food and part travel log. It is amazing to see those elderly ladies (80+) still making noodles by hand. Such patience! I like Emeril's "Fresh, Food, Fast" and the "Originals". Also like Hook, Line & Dinner. Enjoy the Two Fat Ladies, but I do not want to cook their food., I watch it and respond like "No, They Didn't"......but they are fun to watch.

                                              1. EWSflash RE: pine time Aug 30, 2011 07:29 PM

                                                I really like Luke's Vietnam, his zeal for the food and its people is very contagious. The Two Fat Ladies may be my all-time favorite, their menus are gutbombs, but CLASSY and CLASSIC gutbombs, and they were truly the most entertaining wenches of all the cooking shows.
                                                If you can find the old Melting Pot series, I always liked that a lot, Jamie at Home is wonderful, Iron Chef Japan is so interesting for its ingredients and judging and preparation, anythign by Julia Child is most gratifying, always, no matter who or if she has anybody else on. Sometimes they have old Mario Batali shows on as well, and he's one of my heroes.
                                                I really hope they don't lose the old shows, many/most of them were from when FN mattered.

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                                                  menton1 RE: EWSflash Aug 31, 2011 10:09 AM

                                                  They are also showing some ov the VERY old Molto Mario shows, from when Mario was more humble and a bit thinner!

                                                  I wish they'd show the series Mario made touring Italy a few years back, that was a wonderful show!

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                                                  jarona RE: pine time Aug 31, 2011 11:39 AM

                                                  French Food at Home. Good show and Laura Calder has a nice way about her.
                                                  Dolce Vita: Love David Rocco. L.O.V.E. him!
                                                  Chuck's Day Off. He's got decent recipes and like, Calder, he has a nice way about him.
                                                  Jamie Oliver. He has a show on FN, but I cannot remember the name of it. I like him a lot and have a couple of his cookbooks.
                                                  Kelsey's Basics..I think that's the name. She's good. Very instructional. I've added her Lemon Curd recipe as a staple.
                                                  Extra Virgin. I like Debbie Mazur and her husband--this is entertaining. They're cute together.
                                                  My complaint. All of these shows are in rerun mode. It's annoying. Very annoying.
                                                  Bitchin' Kitchen. No can do. I cannot stand that hostess. She tries to hawd ta be badass. It's not happening.

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                                                    paulj RE: jarona Sep 3, 2011 07:09 PM

                                                    "My complaint. All of these shows are in rerun mode. It's annoying. Very annoying."

                                                    I can't think of a serious way around reruns. What's a typical season for a program? 13 episodes? Even with a generous 26 episodes, they'll start reruns after half a year. Good Eats has some where around 250 episodes, Paula about 200 across 3 series.

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                                                      pamf RE: paulj Sep 3, 2011 07:30 PM

                                                      Cooking Channel goes way beyond the standard network rerun practices. They have been on the air for about 15 months. For shows like French Food at Home they have shown the same 15 or so episodes over and over again for 15 months. FFatH was a show acquired from Food Network Canada, so the shows were already reruns when they started on CC. According to the FFatH website 78 episodes of the show were made for Canada, but CC has only acquired rights to one season and shows them over and over again. The show is on every weekday.

                                                      That is just one example that I am aware of. It's a show that I really like, but I don't watch it anymore because I have seen all of the episodes so many times.

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                                                        paulj RE: pamf Sep 3, 2011 08:27 PM

                                                        I haven't observed the practice of another start up, so can't say whether this is abnormal or not. It could be that they chose to put money into new productions rather than buy more seasons from Canada. I'm sure someone at CC is weighing the pros and cons of buying more episodes, producing their own, and alienating viewers (and advertisers) with excessive reruns.

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