March 24th, 2005
Cooking Shows

I’m crazy about the Food Network. Most of the time I find myself watching the cooking shows on there, instead of the series programs on the regular networks. I love Paula Dean. She’s probably the only woman on television who can get way with fixing a recipe called Bill Nicholson’s Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding. I swear she’s a woman after my own heart…and thighs.

Then of course there’s Alton Brown who hosts Good Eats. He makes the science of cooking fun. I love his no nonsense approach. I used to never watch Emeril because I thought he took himself too seriously. One day I decided to give him another try and realized he was as the British say, “taking the piss out of” himself and cooking. Ever since then, I’ve been hooked.

What makes you want to curl up in front of the TV?

10 comments to “Cooking Shows”

  1. Johnny Depp, Hugh Jackman, Colin Firth, Blair Underwood, Cary Grant, Pierce Brosnan, Peter Falk…

    And sequential episodes of The Twilight Zone or Law and Order.

  2. Do you ever watch Iron Chef? I like that one! Although in general cooking shows make me feel guilty for not cooking complicated enough meals!

  3. I love forensic shows and detective shows. They really float my boat. I could watch them all friggin’ day long. I also love the true stories on the Women’s Lifetime Network.

  4. LOL Dream! Yes, those men certainly draw my attention. Ahh…Cary Grant…sigh. Love Law & Order Special Victims and Criminal Intent. All the Law and Orders are great shows.

  5. OK, I have a bad cold and am posting under a Nyquil induced haze so please excuse….TV? I like City Confidential, American Justice, Law and Order (the older ones),and please don’t laugh….American Idol. I also have lately been checking the country music channel for any glimpses of Keith Urban. Uh, whew!

  6. Suzanne, We LOVE the original Iron Chef. Used to watch it weekly. We’ve caught the American version and it’s pretty good too. That’s one cooking show that I’d be hard pressed to be able to repeat the meals. They’re way too fanciful and gourmet (ie complicated) for us to make.

    I used to feel guilty about the cooking shows until I started watching 30 Minute Meals by Rachel Ray. She really does show you how to whip up something fairly quickly and rarely does she use ingredients that can’t be found in every grocery store.

    I’ve also discovered that as long as I watch the cooks make the meals, it’s far easier to repeat the recipes at home. It must be the visual aspect of it. The recipes don’t seem near as complicated after I’ve seen them do it.

    That said, I tend not to go for anything that requires ‘exotic’ ingredients. I don’t have time to hunt for stuff all over town just to make ONE meal.

  7. Spooky, I’m right there with you on the forensic and detective shows. I loved Autopsy on HBO. It’s sick, but fascinating. I also used to watch the Forensic Detectives and LA Detectives. I think in my next life I’ll be a (CSI) forensic detective or a profiler. (WG)

  8. Coffee Jill, Sorry to hear you’re so ill. I hope you feel better soon. I know there are a lot of AI fans out there. I’ve never watched any of the shows, but I’ve seen enough of Simon to realize that participating wouldn’t be a fun time.

  9. Cooking shows, funny enough. 🙂 Nigella Lawson, Jamie Oliver, Madhur Jaffrey, Sophie Grigson, Two Fat Ladies [Clarissa Dickson-Wright and Jennifer Paterson], Nigel Slater, etc. But I can’t stand Delia Smith [who’s arguably the most beloved TV mother of British cooking]. I blame this addiction on ‘The Galloping Gourmet’. Graham was *outrageous*. 😀 Ironically, I’m not allowed to cook [well, not unsupervised]. 🙁

  10. Maili, Sorry they won’t let you cook unsupervised. Tee Hee! I haven’t seen Nigella, but I’ve heard great things about her show. Jamie Oliver is pretty good and I LOVE the Two Fat Ladies.