OK, I know you all watch the Food Network... according to recent surveys, most of America does.
Although I do not own a television, I have become a huge fan of Food TV. I have a friend who has cable with DVR, so he records some shows that we can watch later (and fast forward through the commercials.)
My first favorite was Rachael Ray (30 Minute Meals) whose basic concept is that making dinner from scratch takes just as much time as calling up a nearby eatery and waiting for the food to be delivered. Though I quickly tired of her perkiness, I have to say that her concept is a very sound one. She also reintroduced me to the idea of "eyeballing it," that is, measuring without using a spoon or measuring cup. For some reason I had forgotten all about that-- in the late 1970's I cooked in restaurants where I used to do that all the time.
My current favorite is Sara Moulton (Sara's Secrets.). Everything about her show is pretty sound-- plus you can tell she actually is a professional chef without reading her bio. How? Her use of tongs for one thing-- if you have ever worked in a restaurant you would know that is typical of a line cook.
Indeed her creds are pretty major-- right from CIA (the Culinary Institute Of America, not the other one) to working for Julia Child and La Tulipe in the 1980's and on the Gourmet Magazine. She's good stuff!
I know many of you like Martha Stewart, but as far as cooking goes, she obviously hasn't picked up a kitchen utensil, except on the air, in years.
Ina Garten is OK, but could she tell us she lives in Bridgehampton one more time? Never mind that all her "friends" are florists and designers.
Some I seriously loathe...
Emeril Lagasse-- his Cajun roots are sound but all that "Bam!" drives me nuts. And now you would have to sign over all of your paycheck to buy the ingredients he uses in his dishes-- no way! Real Cajun cooking is for po' folk, thank you.
Sandra Lee-- Her show, "Semi-Homemade" is repulsive. It's as if she is on the payroll of Campell's Soup or the makers of Cool-Whip. If I wanted to eat preservatives, I wouldn't bother cooking for myself.
Bobby Flay--- just plain yuck!
I wonder, does anyone else on the M'Boards have anything to say about this phenomena?