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  • Post #61 - July 15th, 2016, 8:19 pm
    Post #61 - July 15th, 2016, 8:19 pm Post #61 - July 15th, 2016, 8:19 pm
    Fun thread. I don't have a TV, but the Internet gives me a lot of options -- including just now watching an episode of Mind of a Chef on the PBS site, as I didn't know before seeing this thread that the show existed. Interesting insights.

    YouTube has a fair number of great options, however, so I still have some fun. Being a food historian, while I love shows that feature current culinary trends, I very much value shows that show cooking through history. Eighteenth Century Cooking with Jas. Townsend and Sons is one such show. It's interesting to find out how many foods we eat today were available in the 1700s -- such as fried chicken and onion rings. Here's an episode on suet -- making it and using it. https://youtu.be/ypRsO9KdxXk

    Not a cooking show, but definitely a food show is the Supersizers series (generally either Supersizers go... or Supersizers eat...) -- with those sentences being ended by anything from Ancient Rome to the French Revolution to World War II. Top British chefs and food historians are brought in to make sure the costumed hosts eat only what was available during the period being addressed. Not every recipe makes you want to head for the kitchen, but a fair number do look mighty good. (Want to try the Camembert en consommé from the court of Louis XVI.) Here's an episode from the Restoration Period, if you're at all interested. https://youtu.be/mUcGFsHPo4E

    Jas. Townsend offers short videos with one recipe or topic each. Supersizers comes in hour-long shows. Love them both.
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  • Post #62 - August 6th, 2016, 3:29 pm
    Post #62 - August 6th, 2016, 3:29 pm Post #62 - August 6th, 2016, 3:29 pm
    I think I've been remiss in not mentioning Martha Stewart's Cooking School before. I suppose it didn't come to mind because I only catch it occasionally on Saturdays. Today I'm watching an episode in which she does four flour-and-pan fry dishes: chicken piccata, sole meuniere, wienerschnitzel, and liver and onions. I feel more confident than before about being able to do any of these dishes after watching her do them.

    I notice that she is precise about details (quantities, times, techniques), that there is nothing condescending or egotistical about her presentation style, and that there is a lot of useful information conveyed, as in every episode. She really is a good teacher. I know some people have strong feelings about Martha Stewart---and if you're one of those people, try to restrain yourself; remember, this thread has been declared a bash-free zone)---but I really find nothing to criticize about this show; it's very educational. I wonder if other episodes are on YouTube.

    p.s., the only reasons I'm not as interested in her companion show Martha Bakes are that (a) I'm not a baker and (b) I'm not into desserts, and yes, I realize those two overlap. Perhaps someone who is either or both of those things will say what they think about that show. I watch, not planning to make anything she makes on Martha Bakes, but I see the same things I mentioned before: attention to detail and good teaching techniques.
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  • Post #63 - October 14th, 2016, 4:26 pm
    Post #63 - October 14th, 2016, 4:26 pm Post #63 - October 14th, 2016, 4:26 pm
    It's only partly a cooking show, but I must say P. Allen Smith's Garden Home is growing on me. I ignored his shows until recently, but lately I've been tuning them in. I like both the gardening and cooking segments.
    "I would gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today."
  • Post #64 - October 16th, 2016, 2:56 pm
    Post #64 - October 16th, 2016, 2:56 pm Post #64 - October 16th, 2016, 2:56 pm
    Katie wrote:It's only partly a cooking show, but I must say P. Allen Smith's Garden Home is growing on me. I ignored his shows until recently, but lately I've been tuning them in. I like both the gardening and cooking segments.

    I just don't get the impression he cooks daily. I find him a bit stilted in the kitchen despite some rehearsal. When he did a canning demo, I was screen talking back.

    I tend to turn the channel to another station when he's on.

    I do like Scandinavian Kitchen a lot. Mom read Nigella Lawson commented he was a food writer and not a cook. I get a feeling of genuine effort from him, I don't get from T. Allen Smith.

    Regards,
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #65 - October 16th, 2016, 3:00 pm
    Post #65 - October 16th, 2016, 3:00 pm Post #65 - October 16th, 2016, 3:00 pm
    Well, you're a canning expert, so of course you'r talking back to the TV :lol:

    Upon further reflection, I'd say I enjoy the gardening segments more.
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  • Post #66 - February 27th, 2017, 10:39 am
    Post #66 - February 27th, 2017, 10:39 am Post #66 - February 27th, 2017, 10:39 am
    HI,

    I fired cable from our house in the early 1990's. Any cable television is either DVD's or in hotel rooms. Since digital television came to be, there are quite a lot of station choices via the magic of an antenna.

    ion television broadcasts on 38-3 has a number of cooking shows with a Canadian bent:

    'In the kitchen with ...' is a series of 30-minute chef profiles. Locally they have segments on Homaru Cantu, Gale Gand and possibly others. It's presently on at 8:00 am and 8:30 am on weekdays. I have never seen all the episodes.

    'Fearless in the Kitchen' features people who are clueless in the kitchen who are brought up to shape or at least can make a meal for their family. I am not as impressed by their improvement, of course it is considerable. I am impressed by how little they know initially.

    'Grocery Bag' has two women cook a number of dishes from a cookbook in a fixed period of time. There are sidebars where they evaluate an ingredient or product. At the end, a chef is invited to evaluate their food. If both women give the book a thumbs up, it is given their stamp of approval. Cookbook authors could learn better recipe writing by watching these ladies interpret their recipes.

    To be continued ...
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #67 - February 27th, 2017, 2:05 pm
    Post #67 - February 27th, 2017, 2:05 pm Post #67 - February 27th, 2017, 2:05 pm
    Cathy2 wrote:Any cable television is either DVD's or in hotel rooms.

    I wonder, Cathy, do you use the internet in general or YouTube in particular to view cooking and other TV shows much?

    I am not a big YouTube viewer, but I have found that every Jacques Pepín episode I've ever searched for has been available for viewing in full either on the KQED website or on YouTube. I presume many more cooking shows than I realize are available online. I know there are a lot of Good Eats episodes on YouTube (and on Netflix too, btw), and I like the fact that episodes of Gordon Ramsey's The F Word are on YouTube. (Say what you will -- or don't -- remember the bash-free zone rule -- about Gordon Ramsey, but I like The F Word).

    In addition to Netflix, YouTube, and other internet sites, I've found the library is another source for cooking show DVDs. I got the DVDs for all of the Two Fat Ladies shows at my local library. My sister the librarian has been teaching me how to search for interlibrary loan options to go beyond what's at my local library.

    Here's another thing I got from my library and have been going through lately: Pie in the Sky, a British combo police detective/restaurant kitchen series, starring the late and beloved Richard Griffiths.
    "I would gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today."
  • Post #68 - December 7th, 2017, 10:34 am
    Post #68 - December 7th, 2017, 10:34 am Post #68 - December 7th, 2017, 10:34 am
    Mind of a Chef season 6 Danny Bowien is available via Mind of a Chef's Instagram account @mindofachef link in bio. Interesting, fascinating, captivating, fun to watch. I'm mixed on the series, enjoyed watching April Bloomfield season 2 found season 1 with David Chang tediously self congratulatory. YMMV

    Here is a direct --->>> link which may or may not work. I have an Instagram account, @lowslowbbq and subscribe to Netflix which may be why the link is seamless for me.

    I should also add that Netflix per se does not have season 6 up yet, the Instagram link seems to be the only way to watch.

    While I've had the pleasure of eating at Mission Chinese in San Francisco Kung Pao Pastrami I knew little about Danny Bowien, Korean born adopted as an infant by a family in Oklahoma where he lived until moving to SF.

    Bonus points:
    Out of the box ideas I'm planning on incorporating into my own cooking.
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  • Post #69 - December 7th, 2017, 10:47 am
    Post #69 - December 7th, 2017, 10:47 am Post #69 - December 7th, 2017, 10:47 am
    I've been watching Nick Stellino's show on PBS lately, and getting more and more exasperated by it. Last night I boiled over and sent him a nasty note. Within half an hour I had an even nastier reply from him. Which actually surprised me: 1) what was he doing reading fan mail himself? and 2) where does he get off replying nastily to nasty fan mail?

    I sent a generally apologetic reply to him, explaining a bit my exasperation. He hasn't replied yet, and probably won't, since he told me to never write him again. But I'll wait a bit and see if he replies. If not, I'll post the exchange as an example of what fans and food show stars shouldn't do.

    Geo
    Sooo, you like wine and are looking for something good to read? Maybe *this* will do the trick! :)

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