I checked out "Mario Eats Italy" and "Wolfgang Puck" -
the two new FoodTV shows for which a "sneak peak"
was offered last night. Mario did more clowning
than cooking. I liked the original Molto Mario
show before he started doing his act in front
of three people perched on bar stools at a counter.
And this new show struck me as a vehicle to
show just how cute Mr. Batali can be. It makes
me sick to see someone who has a talent for
cooking try to be an actor and fail miserably.
He was more entertaining before he got so full
I found Mr. Puck's show boring and I realized that
I truly dislike those celeb chef shows that
are done in front of studio audiences. (Case in
point: Emeril Live.) Those old, instructive
cooking shows might not have been as polished
or flashy as these new shows but I believe they
offered the viewer a lot more in the way of
information on food and its preparation. My
favorite cooking show on currently is Lidia
Bastianich on PBS. I think it's called "Lidia's
I'm wondering what others think of the new
offerings on FoodTV.