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Martha Stewart is back


I just came across this listing on the PBS website. She has a new show, 13 half-hour episodes on cooking fundamentals.
It looks like three episodes have aired in the New York Tristate area already – eggs, sauces and vegetables, with the sauces episode scheduled to be aired again tomorrow @4 pm.

Has anyone caught this yet?

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  1. I saw it at 2:30 Saturday in the Boston area, after catching it being promoed a few days ago. I did not know how long it had been on and am glad to know that this was the first weekend. She made stovetop and blender hollandaise, bechamel, beurre blanc, and marinara. With the caveat that I've been cooking for decades, I can't say that I learned anything new except that she said she thinks an all-metal double boiler/bain marie is too hot for hollandaise. She prefers that thw bowl part be glass or ceramic. The show was clear, thorough, and well-presented. One thing that struck me as odd. She finished the marinara, announcing that she wasn't making pasta or pizza with it. No, she had decided that as a change, dinner would be a giant meatball, whereupon she produced a soup plate containing nothing but a baseball-sized meatball, over which she ladled marinara, then took a bite, complete with her trademark exaggerated hand motions with the fork after tasting a morsel.

    I am glad to see her back on TV, since I do not have cable. I much preferred the format of her original syndicated show, Martha Stewart Living, to Martha, the more celebriguest-driven post-incarceration
    incarnation. Though she can rub people the wrong way, there's no denying that she is knowledgeable
    and has excellent taste (with the possible exception of her own wardrobe).

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      1. re: greygarious

        I completely agree, I'm not a fan of live audience cooking shows with celeb guests that are forced to cook or do a craft while they tout their latest project.

        I like her Martha Bakes show.

        1. re: greygarious

          Thanks Grey. I missed it again this weekend. I expected it would be basic techniques but, as you say, she is knowledgeable, and her recipes are pretty reliable. And like you, I preferred her pre-incarceration show. Hallmark was airing episodes of it when she switched over to their network a while back. As for the big meatball – maybe she’s gone low-carb?

          1. re: greygarious

            The woman doesn't even know how to pronounce "blanc" so where did she learn how to make beurre blanc - you can't just follow directions on a page and expect it to come out right. That might explain why what she made was no beurre blanc - it was thin and watery.

          2. I like it. it's the same format as her Martha Bakes show that she had on Hallmark once a week. Very controlled, very informative, no hokieness and no Joey ;o)

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            1. re: Manassas64

              I liked Martha Bakes, the couple of times I caught it. This kind of format is what she does best.

            2. Ahhh Martha! I'm so glad she is back on TV. My "Martha Stewart Eggnog" countdown for Christmas has already started! Best eggnog recipe in the world! Thank ya Martha!

              1. I caught this for the first time this weekend; it was the show about sauces.

                I must say I liked it very much. A basic how-to, not a lot of silliness or contrived plot lines ("I've volunteered to feed the library board so I'm making xxx"--looking at you, Ina!).

                She does like to make sure you know she picked her own asparagus and the eggs are from her own organic free range chickens, but that's Martha

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                1. re: coney with everything

                  "("I've volunteered to feed the library board so I'm making xxx"--looking at you, Ina!). "

                  Oh, how I wish Ina would ditch all of that nonsense with her friends and husband and neighbors and just cook! The new MS show is very good because that's exactly what she does: cook. I never liked her live audience show so it's refreshing to see her back at what she does best.

                  1. re: ttoommyy

                    I blame FN, it's common on almost all of their cooking shows.

                    1. re: rasputina

                      You are right that many of the FN shows follow that format, but Ina's show has been around longer than many of the current shows and ultimately she does have a say in the matter. So I put the blame on both FN and Ina.

                      1. re: ttoommyy

                        I actually find it sort of charming.

                    2. re: ttoommyy

                      I actually enjoy the "friend" involvement sometimes. I actually really liked Sara Moulton's Cooking Live Primetime because of the interaction with her guests. With Ina, though, it always seems to incredibly over the top contrived. It's painful.

                      1. re: debbiel

                        Sara Moulton Live was the best show ever on Food Network. She is such a professional. Glad she got out before the channel consumed her. I like her current show on PBS.

                        1. re: ttoommyy

                          Oh my. Didn't know she has a PBS show!

                          1. re: ttoommyy

                            Of the Live show was awesome. She had this old Italian grandmother on once and I was sitting on my couch howling. She would follow behind her and remind viewers to "now at home you want to wash you hands after you touch the chicken" and stuff like that.

                            I need to see if that's on youtube. Best episode ever.

                            1. re: ttoommyy

                              Stellar show! Wish something like that was still on FN. Sara was so talented to run that show as well as she did!

                              1. re: Snorkelvik

                                "Sara was so talented to run that show as well as she did!"

                                Yes she was; it was amazing. And if she did not finish something or something went wrong, it was great because it showed the viewer that these things happen to even the most seasoned of cooks. She is such a gracious and professional person; I wish all the current TV chefs would take a page out of her book.

                                1. re: ttoommyy

                                  + 1000. I will never, ever get over the demise of "Cooking Live". I consider that the beginning of the end of worthwhile cooking TV.

                                  1. re: splatgirl

                                    Her new show on PBS is quite good & pretty much in the exact same format as the old original one.

                        2. re: coney with everything

                          Ha! According to Ina's blog, her new season starts in January and she's on the road in California doing wine country and has guests including Tyler Florence (I think she said TF).

                        3. She's still using 'soft focus'. I HATE IT! It's so 'nineties'. She's still speaking in a 'whisper'. I HATE THAT!
                          She's still wearing 'colors' from the nineties. I HATE THEM! The canned music she must have found on a cassette tape lost under the couch from the nineties. I HATE THAT MUSIC!
                          Note to Martha: Go away please.

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                          1. re: Puffin3

                            Everything you mention has nothing to do with her dedication to teaching the basics of good food preparation. I'll take soft focus, 90s colors and music over most other cooking programs that teach nothing. Like her or love her, Martha knows her way around a kitchen.

                            1. re: Puffin3

                              Really? People watch the show to see what her fashion choices are?

                              Sounds like Bitchin' Kitchen would be more your style.

                              1. re: rasputina

                                In her day she was sort of just OK. She tended to use ingredients and techniques WAY beyond the average home cook. She was and still is an 'elitist' both in her hundred thousand dollar kitchen and in her personal life. It sort of spoiled my respect for her when it turned out that her 'girls......the chickens from her own chicken coup were actually being tended by an employee who's only job was to make sure you could eat off the floor of the chicken coup. That to me sort of said it all about her being an elitist. The reason she went the way of the 'dodo bird' visa vi her popularity as a cooking show host was just about the time she was locked up a whole bunch of cooking shows appeared. Most of them were focused on the average home cook.

                                1. re: Puffin3

                                  "She tended to use ingredients and techniques WAY beyond the average home cook"

                                  Which are now used in plenty of home kitchens. That's what innovative teachers do. Julia Child did it to. Introducing new ingredients and techniques helps to advance the home cook. In Martha's words, "It's a good thing." :)

                                  1. re: ttoommyy

                                    In the early seasons of Martha Stewart Living, she DID stress the need for pricey and/or hard-to-access ingredients, e.g. "the very best" imported cinnamon or vanilla extract, etc. But that annoying emphasis disappeared over time. You'd never hear her say that any old jam would do, but neither did it have to be the stuff she'd home-canned from the harvest of her veru own heirloom trees.

                                    Jacques Pepin often recalls how when he came to the US - around 1960, if memory serves - the only mushrooms he could find in supermarkets were canned ones. The
                                    supermarkets back then were not much larger than today's typical 7-11. If not for TV cooks like Julia and her successors, I wonder if today's supermarket inventory choices would have come to be.

                                  2. re: Puffin3

                                    Oh gotcha, this has nothing to do with her cooking or teaching ability it's all about her wealth.

                                    1. re: rasputina

                                      Julia attended and graduated from the most prestigious cooking school in the world. Martha attend a bunch of elitist dinner parties bc her husband was an elitist. Martha had/has zero education in culinary arts. Sorry, I just don't like people who land on third base and act like they hit a triple. Check out her past business dealing. Over time she has left a trail of VERY POed business partners. That's bad karma. I can pretty much promise that the day she went to the slammer there were a TON of very happy people cheering.

                                      1. re: Puffin3

                                        Julia did not go through the regular course of training at Le Cordon Bleu, as I understand it. She was in a program that trained WWII veterans to cook. And she did not pass the course, if the version presented in Julie & Julia is accurate. That points out the fact that many, if not most, world-renowned chefs and cooks have not had formal courses of study in the culinary arts. Jacques Pepin is a prime example of learning via apprenticing. There are others who learned enough on their own and/or from their families to get jobs in kitchens, and went on from there.

                                        Martha learned from her mother, and after other lines of work began by opening a catering business with a partner. Nothing was handed to her. She did some underhanded stuff and has a checkered history as regards interpersonal relationships. You don't like her, which is your right. But that does not mean she is not capable and talented enough to teach viewers some valuable skills and information.

                                        1. re: Puffin3

                                          This really is about you and nothing about Martha or Julia. I'm not sure how Julia gets a free pass from you though, you know she grew up in Pasadena and her mother was heiress to a paper fortune and she went to boarding school. It's not like she worked her way up from poverty. Heck her husband worked for the State Dept which why she was in France in the first place. She had her fair share of dinner parties too.

                                          1. re: Puffin3

                                            "Martha attend a bunch of elitist dinner parties bc her husband was an elitist. Martha had/has zero education in culinary arts"

                                            She also grew up in a blue collar family from a blue collar town in NJ across the river from where I lived for a third of my blue collar life. She learned how to cook from her mother who she always credits and had on her various TV shows a few times. If she came into some money later in life because of who she married, so what??? I moved up the social ladder because of my partner. That's why people get married and join households; to better their lives and that of their offspring.

                                            1. re: Puffin3

                                              "Martha had/has zero education in culinary arts."
                                              But she cooks well and she teaches well and her recipes tend to turn out well. What difference do her credentials or lack thereof make if she's good at what she does? By contrast, Guy Fieri and Paula Deen have both been actual chefs, and I can't remember ever learning anything new from either of them.

                                              I'm not personally a huge fan of the woman. But a good cook is a good cook regardless of how she learned to be one, and I think she deserves some credit for teaching real technique and not wussifying her cooking, charmed life or not.

                                              1. re: cowboyardee

                                                Totally agree cowboyardee. MS also knows how to pick the right people for the right job and use their skill and knowledge to everyone's advantage.

                                                1. re: cowboyardee

                                                  Completely agree. I am not a fan by any means but most often the recipes that turn out the best for me are from a source of hers.

                                                  Honestly same for Ina, I get very annoyed with her personally but I can't deny that she knows her food.

                                                  1. re: melpy

                                                    "Honestly same for Ina, I get very annoyed with her personally but I can't deny that she knows her food."

                                                    Agreed. In both Martha's and Ina's cases I am able to differentiate the source from the material. Their recipes are tried and tested and almost always turn out well if followed completely. It is obvious just from the way they talk about food and how they handle themselves in the kitchen that they are experienced and know their stuff.

                                                    1. re: melpy

                                                      I agree. Ina has gotten repetitive over the years but I'd say as far as cookbooks go hers have gotten the most use in my kitchen and I've only had a couple failures of the dozens of recipes I've tried. Many of them have been in repeat rotation in our house.

                                                  2. re: Puffin3

                                                    Are you judging her on her cooking or her wealth? As for her going to the slammer as you refer it she did her time and paid her dues and as for the people jeering and cheering that is a reflection of our society today. It's so easy to knock someone down but it does not build character. Sorry but you are too harsh and judgemental.

                                                    1. re: Ruthie789

                                                      and she did time for a relatively small offense. There are Wall Street bankers running around free today that have done far far worse.

                                                      1. re: coney with everything

                                                        I just saw the braising show on PBS yesterday and was very happy to see the pared-down format. Maybe cooking shows that actually teach something about cooking will come back in style for 2013.

                                                        Don't laugh - it could happen - bell bottoms came back!

                                                        1. re: coney with everything

                                                          very good point - not one of the "masters of the universe" who engineered the 2008 world-wide recession have even been prosecuted and they probably never will

                                                          this is the second time that I have tried to reply to "coney with everything" and my reply keeps going to the bottom of the thread - hmmmm?

                                              2. re: Puffin3

                                                She is gracious and soft spoken values going way back for us baby boomers. I like her.

                                              3. not seen it or heard of it but must admit, I don't usually turn MS off.
                                                I'd be onboard for any number of reasons.

                                                1. ok, I see it listed with the first show on my direct tv guide = butchering.
                                                  the second one is equally as uninteresting to me that I can't even remember what the topic is.

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                                                  1. re: iL Divo

                                                    it was rice.
                                                    pretty boring, but may help some I suppose.

                                                  2. I watched her PBS "Cooking School" show on "Stocks" yesterday, & found it informative, nicely done, & easy to follow.

                                                    While she didn't really introduce me to anything new, it was definitely an extremely well-produced show for folks wanting to learn. Thus why it's called "Martha Stewart's COOKING SCHOOL", for those that have been pooh-poohing it here. It's not meant for folks who feel they already know all the ropes.

                                                    (It also ties in with her cookbook of the same name, which I was gifted with when it came out, & which in itself is also very interesting & helpful re: her take on the basics.)

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                                                    1. re: Bacardi1

                                                      +1 I caught the stock-making episode yesterday too, and I thought it was very well done. She is a good teacher and her recipes generally produce good results.
                                                      I didn't pick up any new pointers with this particular episode, but since I have learned so many tips from Martha’s shows over the years, I’m willing to tune in for the remaining episodes.

                                                      1. re: EM23

                                                        I can watch someone boil water and be entertained, if they know what they are doing. Martha knows her way around the kitchen.

                                                        1. re: ttoommyy

                                                          Yes Double-Tommy. She knows how to cook and, more importantly, how to teach and explain why.

                                                      2. re: Bacardi1

                                                        If we can get this show in Middle Tennessee, I haven't found it yet, but I think the timing of this type of show is perfect! There are so many people who need to learn the basics of cooking these days. I'll go look for a video that I can watch online.

                                                      3. She was the guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" this weekend, in the "Not My Job" segment, the topic of which was "It's a Bad Thing". Haters will be happy that she missed all 3 questions. The host and panel got a kick out of her. She admitted liking spam sauteed in butter, and, less convincingly, Velveeta. She said she eats a piece when offerred but has never bought it. If she knows that it keeps cheese sauces smooth, she did not mention that. She had never heard of beer nuts, and used a bleeped bad word when talking about seeding a pomegranate.
                                                        She said her Wikipedia entry is full of errors, but that she did, in fact, stop a potential relationship with Sir Anthony Hopkins because she could not shake the image of Hannibal Lecter.

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                                                        1. re: greygarious

                                                          My favorite part the segment (lightly edited):

                                                          SAGAL: I actually have a fairly serious question.

                                                          STEWART: Yes.

                                                          SAGAL: I want you to imagine that you've been invited by a friend, a close friend, somebody you're very easy and casual with, over to dinner, and they take out a pomegranate and...they are removing the seeds in a non-optimum way.

                                                          STEWART: Right.

                                                          SAGAL: Could you, Martha Stewart, in that situation which I have described, stop yourself from telling them how to do it better?

                                                          STEWART: No.

                                                          1. re: greygarious

                                                            She said she eats a piece when offerred but has never bought it.
                                                            Who the hell would offer Martha a slice of Velveeta? lol
                                                            She stretches the truth in peculiar ways at times. On her last live show, she did a cooking segment with Snoop Dogg, and said how much she loves his rapping. IIRC, he questioned this and she responded that she has his music on at her house all the time. Oh Martha!

                                                            1. re: greygarious

                                                              I must say she is talented in that she keeps reinventing herself.
                                                              commercial for the show that I saw shows her in a different hair do then I remember her having in her shows that I've most recently watched. but viewing the one show I did see, same hair do as always.
                                                              the show on rice appeared very basic. is that what she's going for?

                                                              1. re: iL Divo

                                                                As I posted before, her new show is called "Martha Stewart's Cooking School". It's a companion show to her book by the same name & is MEANT to be just that - a "cooking school" catering to the bare basics of cooking.

                                                                1. re: Bacardi1

                                                                  And some people really need to have the basics, cooking is a lost art.

                                                                  1. re: Ruthie789

                                                                    boy you said that right Ruthie...
                                                                    cooking is a lost art ~ such busy lifestyles nowadays

                                                                  2. re: Bacardi1

                                                                    Bacardi, I hadn't (until just now) read your post.
                                                                    I am guilty of not always reading all posts. I don't always have time to take everything in.
                                                                    thank you for your information.
                                                                    if it sounded like I was putting Ms. Stewart down forgive me. < and that is devoid of any and all sarcasm. do you forgive me...

                                                                    I've always enjoyed her especially when she's had my boys (il divo) on her show to sing. they were magic as always...

                                                              2. I believe these are repeats as I have seen the vegetable segment before. I do wish she was back on an accessible network, as we do not get Hallmark here in Quebec.

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                                                                1. re: Ruthie789

                                                                  No worries. Hallmark has dropped her show here in the U.S. These days we only see her on public television.

                                                                  1. re: Ruthie789

                                                                    Ruthie – it’s a shame that you are not getting your RDA of Martha in Canada. I found this blog with the recipes and a recap of each episode of Cooking School broadcast so far. They also do their own test of one recipe from each episode and report on the real-life results.


                                                                    1. re: EM23

                                                                      Thank you EM, that was very thoughtful.

                                                                      1. re: Ruthie789

                                                                        I like her in general--her site gives me ideas, even if I don't follow all her steps. The rice episode was OK until she called sushi rice "glutinous rice". Wow--I am shocked that she doesn't know the difference. Glutinous rice is used mostly for desserts (think mochi or mango sticky rice). Sushi made with it would not end well...

                                                                        1. re: foodslut

                                                                          A faux pas by Martha? I'm sure it does not happen often!

                                                                          1. re: foodslut

                                                                            While I agree with you, there are still a lot of sources out there who claim that sushi rice IS actually a form of glutinous rice, so Martha simply may have just received a bit of researched information that didn't go far enough.

                                                                    2. Saw the sauce episode and the braising episode. I was surprised to find the shows informative and Martha not annoying. She seems to have mellowed. In the braising episode, she had a butcher on and she 1) did not interrupt him, and 2) allowed herself to sound ignorant about what part of the animal a pork butt is, when obviously Martha Steward knows what a pork butt is. The old Martha never would have done that, preferring to talk right through the butcher and show off her own knowledge.

                                                                      Overall, the show is more of a technique teaching show, like the old Julia Child shows, and less of the "watch me prepare a fabulous meal" that we get from Ina or Bobby Flay or Tyler Florence or pretty much anyone else who is on TV right now.

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                                                                      1. re: taos

                                                                        To expand on your last thought taos, it is so nice to have an instructional cooking show and not some trumped up half hour with a "story" and cast of friends. Those shows are so annoying. Just give me some good technique and teach me something. Thank you Martha.

                                                                      2. I watched it yesterday and its a great show...its the "pan searing" episode...I love Martha and have followed her since her firs "eddings" book...I worked for a catering service here in Florida at that time and her book revolutionized catering in this area and Im sure in other areas as well...There are some really BAD cooking shows on the food channels and Martha is still head and shoulders above all of them...You go girl.

                                                                        1. fyi there is a marathon on the create channel -it is running tomorrow from 6am est to 12pm 1/13


                                                                          *edited to change 8am to 6am

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                                                                          1. re: madeliner

                                                                            I watched most of the marathon and and liked it quite a lot.

                                                                            I looked on the website and couldn't find any info about a second season. I'm hoping there are more episodes in the pipeline!

                                                                            1. re: kcshigekawa

                                                                              Though I'm an experienced cook I did get a few tips from the Create marathon. But there were times when I wanted to leap into the studio to stop her - like in the stockmaking show where she said the congealed fat atop the cooled chicken and beef stocks should be thrown away. I can't believe she really thinks it should not be used for potatoes and other sauteeing. Overall, however, it's a clearer, more instructive series than most of the PBS cooking shows.

                                                                              1. re: greygarious

                                                                                I generally like any of her shows, new and old.
                                                                                The one thing I can't get beyond is the fact that in her career she left many many people emotionally/professionally damaged in her wake. She is a VERY ruthless person to have any dealings with.
                                                                                This private persona doesn't gibe with her ultra soft/mellow demeanor in front of the cameras. It's like she's a con artist pretending to be some one she's not.
                                                                                I'll still watch her shows but I wouldn't want to ever be in a businees deal with her.......but hey that's not likely to happen. LOL

                                                                                1. re: Puffin3

                                                                                  She's had the misfortune of having her legal and familial problems played out in front of the camera, as happens more and more in the electronic age. I'm sure there have been plenty of on-camera hypocrites whose off-camera dealings and relationships have been rife with chicanery and dysfunction. Until recent decades, the bad behavior of celebrities in various walks of life rarely came to light. Now every faux pas becomes a tweet or instagram or vine within minutes. If you did a background check before buying a cookbook or going to a new restaurant, movie, or concert, you'd wind up a hermit.