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Why Can't We Just Have a Decent Cooking Show on TV??

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Why Can't We Just Have a Decent Cooking Show on TV??

jarona | Dec 6, 2010 07:00 AM

OK. perhaps I'm being too picky here but it has dawned on me that I hardly ever watch The Food Network anymore. I watch the Cooking Network even less. Was a time I remember watching good and decent cooking shows on PBS. John Folse. Nathalie Dupree. That Menonite Lady who always said "Essa Goot"; Justin; Julia Child; Jacques Pepin, Mary Ellen Esposito, Lidia, America's Test Kitchen...just to name a few. All entertaining in their own ways. I loved the banter between Julia Child and Jacques Pepin and learned a helluva lot of tips from them. I laughed at Nathalie Dupree's clumsiness because it was so natural and the same stuff would happen to me. I adored Mary Ellen Esposito's explanations of how she is cooking--listening to her was just like being in school and listening to your favorite teacher. John Folse--my fave--he even sent me a case of Steens Can Syrup when I called him up to tell him I could not find it in New York City--true story! These chefs/cooks/bakers really loved what they did and sent the message across that they wanted you to succeed.
Now we're stuck with personalities first/food second. Who would make half the garbage that some of these TV personalities make anyway? I cannot even look at Sandra Lee's finished products. Can Paula Deen have an episode where she does NOT use a ton of butter? Can Guy Fieri go one day where he doesn't say "MONEY"??? Iron Chef has lost it's greatness. Rachael Ray's 30 minute meals are a waste of ...well...30 minutes! I'm tired. Unwrapped is nothing but reruns. Mo Rocca's voice is more annoying than Fran Dresher's. Actually the only two shows on Cooking Network that I can get through are the French Cooking thing with Laura Calder and that Italian cooking show with that cute guy who films it in Italy. Oh..and the reruns of that Food Road Show with Jim O'Donnell--he should come back and host Unwapped.
So..am I the only one who feels this way? I want damn good recipes and want to be challanged..I'm tired of the entertainment aspect already.

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