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Do you like or dislike the food network/cooking channel?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 14, 2011 at 2:07 PM

I find myself watching a lot of food network lately. I especially like watching Chopped. Its not that I watch it for recipe's because what they do is way too complicated. Do you watch food related t.v.? Why or why not?

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on October 15, 2011
at 02:41 AM

I didn't mean it that way LOL

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on October 14, 2011
at 09:41 PM

I love Food Network and Cooking Channel. When I went Paleo I found it hard to watch it at first, and then I started making a game out of it. I would take whatever recipe they were making and create my own paleo version. It was fun and I got some good recipe ideas out of it!

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on October 14, 2011
at 09:39 PM

Yea....I bet thats why you watch her. Thats not the reason my boyfriend watches her....

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on October 14, 2011
at 08:06 PM

+10 for Giada if I could.

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on October 14, 2011
at 08:06 PM

I watch zero tv other than news and sports (oh and the Food Network, especially Chopped).

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on October 14, 2011
at 05:37 PM

shoot, forgot bout F word. that was a fun show. ramsay is pretty paleoy for a bigtime chef

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on October 14, 2011
at 05:12 PM

I loved The Apprenticd! I never knew about his accident, it's a miracle he's alive, and he's such an inspiration - nothing gets that man down. My Life in France is good, too.

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on October 14, 2011
at 05:10 PM

definitely travel channel +1

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on October 14, 2011
at 04:56 PM

Take it on your trips too!

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on October 14, 2011
at 04:54 PM

Just snack it, Mer.

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on October 14, 2011
at 03:41 PM

ya chopped is additive to watch as well as iron chef.

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on October 14, 2011
at 03:27 PM

Yeah Paula can really supply some insulation for you.

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on October 14, 2011
at 03:24 PM

I found out about Pepin's biography The Apprentice right here on Paleohacks. Best book I've read all year! I'll also glean useful tips from Raichlen and Lidia on PBS from time to time. In general I get nothing from Food Network shows. Too much drama, too little technique.

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on October 14, 2011
at 03:15 PM

They're amazing shows, right?!? Total nose to tail, and understanding that yes.. sometimes simple is best. Jeff Smiths whole baked pumpkin is still something I remember my grammie making. I've done it his way and then messed around and filled/stuffed with other things. And never a need to play nice - food was first.

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on October 14, 2011
at 02:55 PM

+1 Kewpie, I have even tried the lunch meat loaves, and they are about the only thing I'll pull out the meat grinder for.

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on October 14, 2011
at 02:51 PM

Completely agree. Alton puts on a good show!

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on October 14, 2011
at 02:39 PM

+1 for Giada...

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on October 14, 2011
at 02:38 PM

I loved Jeff Smith! I used to watch The Frugal Gourmet every week when I was first married. I still have some of my Frugal Gourmet cookbooks on the bookshelf. If people are looking for offal recipes, the Frugal Gourmet would definitely be a great resource!

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on October 14, 2011
at 02:25 PM

+1 for Good Eats. Love the scientific approach he takes to cooking.

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on October 14, 2011
at 02:20 PM

chopped and iron chef are rad, the rest is shite. for food tv i think travel channel does a more entertaining job

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Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on October 14, 2011
at 02:27 PM

Mmm.. in the middle I guess. For current I watch Top Chef and Just Desserts because either friends are competing or I want to see techniques and what they come up with. And yes, I totally yell at my computer when they do something lame. I also think Great Depression Cooking is sweet and used to like Good Eats as I liked how he broke everything down, explained the science behind it all, then built everything back up. Bourdain for the travel/regional aspect.

Now, thank you streaming via the intertubes, what I truly lovelovelove are all the old Julia Child and Jacques Pepin shows! Holy cow, those are brilliant. Whole cooking packages - technique to entertainment, no fail. Same with Graham Kerr and his "Galloping Gourmet" show - so insane, and Jeff Smith and his weird humour. Another, which is a total drunktastic show, via the BBC is "Come Dine With Me." For the most part super shite food but holy cow a total giggle fest. Came across that in London a few years ago and watched a marathon while in bed with tea. Awesome.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on October 14, 2011
at 03:15 PM

They're amazing shows, right?!? Total nose to tail, and understanding that yes.. sometimes simple is best. Jeff Smiths whole baked pumpkin is still something I remember my grammie making. I've done it his way and then messed around and filled/stuffed with other things. And never a need to play nice - food was first.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on October 14, 2011
at 05:12 PM

I loved The Apprenticd! I never knew about his accident, it's a miracle he's alive, and he's such an inspiration - nothing gets that man down. My Life in France is good, too.

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on October 14, 2011
at 02:55 PM

+1 Kewpie, I have even tried the lunch meat loaves, and they are about the only thing I'll pull out the meat grinder for.

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on October 14, 2011
at 02:38 PM

I loved Jeff Smith! I used to watch The Frugal Gourmet every week when I was first married. I still have some of my Frugal Gourmet cookbooks on the bookshelf. If people are looking for offal recipes, the Frugal Gourmet would definitely be a great resource!

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on October 14, 2011
at 03:24 PM

I found out about Pepin's biography The Apprentice right here on Paleohacks. Best book I've read all year! I'll also glean useful tips from Raichlen and Lidia on PBS from time to time. In general I get nothing from Food Network shows. Too much drama, too little technique.

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on October 14, 2011
at 02:12 PM

Hell yes. It's one of the only channels I miss now that I don't have cable (and ESPN, tear.) I wouldn't dare make 90% of what they do because it would destroy my innards but I'm all about the cooking competition shows like Chopped, Top Chef, Iron Chef and Hell's Kitchen. The BBQ competitions are super awesome and I could watch Giada at Home all day long, because you know, she makes really good looking food...

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on October 14, 2011
at 09:39 PM

Yea....I bet thats why you watch her. Thats not the reason my boyfriend watches her....

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on October 14, 2011
at 08:06 PM

+10 for Giada if I could.

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on October 14, 2011
at 02:39 PM

+1 for Giada...

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on October 14, 2011
at 04:38 PM

I agree with someone else's comment that learning about foods, especially traditional foods, is best on the Travel Channel - like Bizarre Foods and Anthony Bourdain. I don't have TV but I watch select cooking shows on YouTube. I really like Top Chef masters because they use strange ingredients, especially offal and other things I am less confident cooking but should be eating more of. Personally, I got a lot out of Gordon Ramsay's "F Word" show off YouTube. It's his British show which is part celebrity talk, part cooking competition and part real food education. He has raised and slaughtered his own veal, lamb and turkeys, made his own beer and cheese I think and he goes on hunts. I like that shizz.

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on October 14, 2011
at 04:56 PM

Take it on your trips too!

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on October 14, 2011
at 05:37 PM

shoot, forgot bout F word. that was a fun show. ramsay is pretty paleoy for a bigtime chef

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on October 14, 2011
at 04:54 PM

Just snack it, Mer.

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on October 14, 2011
at 02:27 PM

FN is my #1 network, and Chopped is one of my favorite shows. I only wish FN would get aways from the reality shows and show more cooking shows. Alton Brown's Good Eats was by far the best FN show, but it was cancelled.

Once in awhile you'll see a paleo-ish recipe (unbeknownst to the show host, of course), or a recipe close enough to easily modify. Here's one from Paula Deen I made last week, but I tried it with pumpkin instead of squash and used unsweetened coconut flakes:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/butternut-squash-casserole-recipe/index.html

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on October 14, 2011
at 02:23 PM

I'm not a big tv watcher in general and avoid reality tv like the plague, so I don't watch any of the competition shows (although years ago I used to watch the original Iron Chef). However, I have found two cooking shows I really, really like because they actually teach you how to cook, using the science behind cooking. So, I DVR both. One is Good Eats. They aren't making new episodes anymore, but the show is still on Food Network. The other is America's Test Kitchen on PBS. Obviously there are some recipes using things like wheat and sugar, but both of these shows do focus on whole foods and quality ingredients and there is plenty of good information for the paleo/primal home chef.

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on October 14, 2011
at 02:25 PM

+1 for Good Eats. Love the scientific approach he takes to cooking.

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on October 14, 2011
at 02:51 PM

Completely agree. Alton puts on a good show!

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on October 15, 2011
at 07:11 PM

I used to love watching Diners, Drive Ins & Dives. I still watch sometimes but I cringe whenever the cooks add vegetable oil or margerine to the pan or pot to cook with. I wonder what Guy Fieri's total omega 6 intake is like after visiting all those diners he features on his show???

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on October 14, 2011
at 04:13 PM

I've learned so much from Food Network and related cooking programs like Bravo's Top Chef. Many of those challenges have gotten to be less about the food and more about personalities, but I still learn something new or get ideas. Alton Brown is far and away my favorite teacher. Everyone ought to dry age their own prime rib as we now do since watching that episode!! It is to die for.

I also like shows featuring restaurants like Guy's DD&D. If nothing else, you learn why NOT to eat out too often! LOL.

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on October 14, 2011
at 03:52 PM

I love them :) I think its a great way for people to learn how to cook if they don't have any other way. There are some shows that I think are NOT paleo at all, such as "Almost Home Made" (why even bother having a show if I can just get it in a box?). But all in all I think the FN helps people love and appreciate food on a deeper level.

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on October 14, 2011
at 02:52 PM

I watch a few of my favorites, but none of them regularly. I like Top Chef, Ina Garten, and that diner/drive-in/dive show. I like the shows because they are homey and entertaining. The shows I don't watch is because I am not thrilled about the personality, or I don't particularly like the food. I was also a huge fan of Jeff Smith in the day and never missed his shows.

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on October 14, 2011
at 02:15 PM

Yeah I love the cooking channel! Paula Deen and Ina Garten make me feel cozy in my cold cold room!

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on October 14, 2011
at 03:27 PM

Yeah Paula can really supply some insulation for you.

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on October 15, 2011
at 02:41 AM

I didn't mean it that way LOL

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