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PBS disconnect: Ming Tsai and ATK's opinions of T-Fal Acti-Fry

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PBS disconnect: Ming Tsai and ATK's opinions of T-Fal Acti-Fry

greygarious | Jun 1, 2012 12:31 PM

Tsai appeared on the current events show Greater Boston yesty, purportedly to discuss gadgets for summer cooking. These were, improbably, the blender, the mandoline, a very prominently, the T-Fal Acti-fry, a pricy appliance that sponsors his own show, Simply Ming (as does Wan Ja Shan, whose sauces he also praised conspicuously). The fryer is promoted first and foremost for french fries, though Tsai had cooked a tofu stir-fry in the one he brought to the studio. None of these is a particularly summery tool.

When America's Test Kitchen tested the T-Fal appliance, they trashed it thoroughly, claiming it did a poor job with the potatoes.

Furthermore, the weekly press critique segment of Greater Boston, which is called Beat the Press, just a couple of weeks ago dumped all over NPR Morning Edition for airing an interview with Olympic athlete Kerri Walsh. She is sponsored by Pampers and her comments concentrated on promoting the diaper rather than discussing volleyball. The panelists and host of BTP opined that NPR should not have aired that interview. In that light, Greater Boston is the pot - make that fryer - that called the kettle black.

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