I'm not sure what the heck happened, but in the last month, basically, 90% of all my cooking shows have disappeared.
First, let me tell you that I live in a major metropolis in the U.S. and that gives me not one, not two but four PBS stations (not counting duplicates, talking about each with their own seperate programming.) During the day, one has always gone to the childrens programming, a second to adult education, the remaining two would, during the afternoons put on two to four hours of cooking each. Suddenly both of those stopped, one went to all children, the other to it's own educational. No more afternoon cooking shows. Yes the ones that did do it on the weekend still do, but even they each do it less.
Plus there's the entire demise of the Home Network where from Friday evening until Sunday late afternoon I could watch Michael Smith or Rob Rainford. But that's gone.
When 10am to 8pm on the Food Network used to be cooking show only, now they often stick episodes of Unwrapped (please just kill me) or Road Tasted or something nine years old and lame with Al Roker on in the middle of the day.
And yes, while it's true that Fine Living has added Wolfgang reruns from 2001 and Molto Mario, it's also seems to no longer show either Ming Tsai show (Ming's Quest and East Meets West) as well as both Michael Chiarello shows (Easy Entertaining and Napa Style).
Where I used to have a choice of which of four or five cooking shows to watch, I now often have a choice between zero or maybe whatever is on FN ... which seems to limit me to an occasional Tyler Florence or Giada show, as many of the others on during the weekday (Deen, Sandra Lee, Robin something) I just pass up.
Anyone else notice a sudden disappearance of cooking shows in general too?