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Feb 22, 2014 05:25 PM

What's Your Favorite Non-Cable Cooking Show? Hubby Cancelled Cable.

My husband cancelled our cable. It was actually my idea and then I cruised downstairs to watched my favorite show, Chopped. (It makes me clean the kitchen FAST.) I also like Ina Garten, Alton Brown, Easy Chinese, Restaurant Impossible.

What are your favorite web-based cooking shows? Looking for some new faves.

Thank you!

Julia in Woodinville, WA

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  1. SWIM downloads lots of cooking shows from - including Top Chef Canada (strangely, this show is normally "blocked" for US viewers).

    Also Netflix ($8/mo.) has lots of cooking shows.

    Many cooking shows are available on YouTube (full episodes).

    Some networks have full episodes available on their websites.

    Good for your husband for ditching cable TV!! I wish that I could convince mine to do the same . . . .

    11 Replies
    1. re: MrsPatmore

      What cooking shows are on Netflix? I haven't found any....

      1. re: Kontxesi

        hi kontxesi, as far as I know:

        Best Food Ever
        Ramsay's Best Restaurant
        Take Home Chef
        Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares
        A Matter of Taste
        Kings of Pastry
        El Bulli: Cooking in Progress
        Pressure Cooker
        DC Cupcakes
        TEDTalks: Chew On This
        Cake Boss
        Gordon's Great Escape
        Marcel's Quantum Kitchen

        According to the web, "When searching for cooking shows or documentaries to watch on Netflix Instant, it's best to search under the category "Reality TV". Also, make sure to check under "Documentaries", "New Releases", "Recently Added", and "Popular on Netflix"

        1. re: MrsPatmore

          I loved Marcel's show. He has such talent and what a handsome kid!

          1. re: MrsPatmore

            Two Fat Ladies are on Netflix. I discovered them only recently and am enchanted by their witty banter, though a bit scared of all that cream.

            1. re: greygarious

              Loved that show. Two unique women take a step back in time. Sometimes I thought I could belly up to a table with Richard III. The kitchens they filmed in - classic.

          2. re: Kontxesi

            Kontxesi..Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations was on streaming forever but now is just on disc BUT I watched *Mind Of A Chef*with David Chang and really love the guy now. I always had the opinion that David was not bright because he uses filthy language so often. I assumed he was too dense to put together a coherent statement. Not true...he is well educated and an astute businessman. Very funny parts when he gets so drunk he falls out!

            1. re: MamasCooking

              You mean 'Mind of a Chef'? My PBS has been late and irregular in broadcasting that series, but I've been able to watch all episodes (2 seasons) online. Full episodes are available only for a month or so.

              Some Food Network episodes are available online. I particularly like the 'Cutthroat Kitchen' after-show segments.

              1. re: paulj

                I just corrected my post thank you. Did you enjoy watching David Chang? Larger than life personality who obviously knows how to eat drink and tear it up:)

                1. re: MamasCooking

                  Chang is certainly inventive, but I just can;t get past the coarse behavior. I much prefer April Bloomfield's season of Mind of a Chef. As far back as Kitchen Confidential, Bourdain has maintained that professional kitchens by definition are rife with shouting, competition, and obscenities. But there are female-led kitchens which are for the most part much more harmonious, with obscenities being the exception rather than the rule.

                  1. re: greygarious

                    I have a thing for *bad boys* :)Especially those packing big credentials. He is no slouch intellectually.

                    1. re: greygarious

                      Who shared season 2 with April? If the focus is on personality, then, yes, April is best of the 3. But in contrast to many posters, I'm more interested in what I can learn from the shows, not whether the host is a 'nice' person. Overall there was more 'meat' in the 1st season.

                      I suspect Bourdain taped one of his CNN episodes on the same trip that he taped a Chang segment - the Copenhagen visit with Rene at Noma.

                      One person on the 1st season of Mind that I'd like to see more of is Christina Tosi. She was a judge on a recent Chopped episode.

          3. No idea about the web. Look for PBS Create, a station that was born when the analog-to-digital TV signal conversion happened. From 7-9 a.m, and 1-3p.m. weekdays there are cooking shows. Also at night, but staggered with DIY and travel shows. On weekends, part of the day is regular programming, the rest is 6[hr blocks of "marathons" on varying topics/presenters. Some of these series are short, so are gone after a few weeks but eventually pop back into the rotation. Among the Create cooks are Bastianich, Tsai, Moulton, Pepin, Child, and the America's Test Kitchen/Cook's Country bunch.

            1. Check out Hulu TV, they have a few cooking shows, some from the FoodNetwork. YouTube has a lot of old episodes of cooking show. Frugal Gourmet, Justin Wilson, etc.

              The CookingChannel has some online full episodes:

              Food Network Full Episodes online:

              PBS Full Episodes online:

                1. re: C. Hamster

                  To clarify, that's in addition to PBS Create. The "regular" PBS channels run cooking shows from noon to 4pm both Saturday and Sunday. In the Boston market, if not everywhere, currently Martha Stewart, A Chef's Life, and Mind of a Chef are the most-often shown ones. Some of them repeat on the auxiliary PBS channel in the evening, as well, and also on weekday evenings.