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Sep 19, 2011 10:26 AM

Solid cooking shows/series - need suggestions!

I've been a big fan of Heston Blumenthal's "In Search of Perfection" series, especially the kitchen segments. I think it holds more value than the traditional cooking shows because I'm rarely watching them to get new food ideas, but usually to catch an interesting technique, or something that I could add to my own skillset (better way to poach an egg, how to properly cook pasta, etc). As a show to watch, the production values are also superior as with anything BBC/british.

Are there other series out there that cater to the more "hardcore" home cooks who really want to see how the best do things? I'm sure I could check out the older series with Julia Child/Jacques Pepin but I'm looking for something a bit more modern. I won't join the whole "Food Network's horrible!" debate, but suffise to say that the Rachel/Giadas of the world are not what I'm looking for.

Your help is appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. While not a conventional cooking series, this is certainly a worthwhile series of podcasts:

    For "cooking" shows, Hubert Keller's "Secrets of a Chef" and Jose Andres' "Made in Spain" are good bets.

    1. Poaching an egg - how about
      Kelsey (CC Kelsey's essentials) and Spike Mendelson (Top Chef) have a set of videos on food2, including one where each does their take on poaching eggs.

      Or how about Americas Test Kitchen?

      Scan the offerings on CreateTV. They rotate through a stable of old and new(ish) PBS shows.

      1. On FN I like Anne Burrell, Secrets of a Restaurant Chef. She does a good job of explaining why she does all the various steps in preparing a dish.

        The Cooking Channel has a quite a few good shows. I like French Food at Home and Chuck's Day Off. Micheal Symon had a show for a short time, not sure if it's still one, called Cook Like an Iron Chef. That one used a theme ingredient and showed several different was to prepare it.

        The old Molto Mario shows are being aired at some ungodly time on TCC too, they are great for learning technique and how to handle ingredients. Especially if you like simple Italian food.

        Most of the instructional shows are on during the daytime or odd hours, so if you are unable to watch then, a recorder might be helpful.

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        1. re: pamf

          Thanks for the great suggestions all! I'll check them out.

        2. Cook Like a Chef

          It's an older Canadian show on their cooking channel. They bring in pro chefs that focus on specific skills or types of food. i.e. barding and larding, various cuts of lamb or pork, offal, etc.

          Excellent series. Not sure if it still airs or not. I have all the episodes on my PC.