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What's your favourite cooking show, that doesn't annoy you with conventional nutrition advice?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 03, 2012 at 1:23 AM

I love food shows. Since going Paleo I like them even more, but I do get very annoyed and yell at the TV when they get too keen on telling you what's healthy, or perhaps worse, apologising for using good quality ingredients like butter or bacon.

The best show so far I have found is called 'Secret Meat Business' http://www.lifestylefood.com.au/shows/secret-meat-business/

Another good one was Rick Stein's travelling series where he went around the Mediterranean. I saw one episode where he used duck fat and didn't apologise for it, which was so refreshing.

One great disappointment was Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage show where he did a Vegetarian series (and released a book). Up to then he was great to watch, using traditional cooking methods and exploring sustainable and high quality ingredients on his own farm, learning how to rear and butcher his own animals, etc.

Anyone got any other cooking shows (or associated books) they recommend?

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on December 12, 2012
at 10:01 PM

What I loved most about Good Eats was the *science* that AB would share to explain *why* certain foods need to be cooked a certain way, or why some things work better than others in the kitchen. Cooking + chemistry geekery = my little piece of heaven. :)

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on December 03, 2012
at 11:35 PM

Kitchen Confidential was an interesting read as was Medium Raw.

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on December 03, 2012
at 11:34 PM

That's all the reasons I like it :).

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on December 03, 2012
at 10:46 PM

Yeah, this is the show I was going to answer with. It's definitely not on board with paleo nutrition, but I love Ramsay's insistence that his kids and viewers understand where their meat comes from. I also find all that diving for scallops, drinking pig blood, eating food from dumpsters, etc. pretty fascinating and entertaining. I've learned so much about food from this show. I used to watch Hell's Kitchen and Master Chef, but I find I like the F Word much better. Ramsay is quite the character.

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on December 03, 2012
at 06:42 PM

I've got a signed copy of The Nasty Bits, though when I saw him he was doing a vegetable demo. He seemed clumsy as an improv cook that day, and I don't think he's been on the line for quite a while.

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on December 03, 2012
at 06:39 PM

I find these shows use ingredients I can't get or afford, and create a frenzied atmosphere where it's impossible to follow what's going on. Way too much drama (with music to match), followed by a bunch of sadistic "yo mamma" style put-downs of the "losers".

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on December 03, 2012
at 06:38 PM

I want his job.

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on December 03, 2012
at 06:31 PM

beyond that she's not very paleo.

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on December 03, 2012
at 06:08 PM

I miss that show. Sort of off-topic, but did you see AB on Mythbusters a couple of weeks ago? Pure awesome.

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on December 03, 2012
at 02:52 AM

Hmm unless it was the one where they bleed his back with suction cups in Finland, no I don't believe I have.

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on December 03, 2012
at 02:20 AM

i have such an anthony crush. did you see the episode where he got that horrendous, almost naked massage??

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at 02:15 AM

Anthony Bourdain, No Reservations.

If you like cooking shows which feature a lot of (frequently unconventional) meat, there's never a lack of it on that show.

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on December 03, 2012
at 02:20 AM

i have such an anthony crush. did you see the episode where he got that horrendous, almost naked massage??

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on December 03, 2012
at 02:52 AM

Hmm unless it was the one where they bleed his back with suction cups in Finland, no I don't believe I have.

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on December 03, 2012
at 06:38 PM

I want his job.

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on December 03, 2012
at 11:35 PM

Kitchen Confidential was an interesting read as was Medium Raw.

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on December 03, 2012
at 06:42 PM

I've got a signed copy of The Nasty Bits, though when I saw him he was doing a vegetable demo. He seemed clumsy as an improv cook that day, and I don't think he's been on the line for quite a while.

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on December 03, 2012
at 05:22 AM

Alton Brown's Good Eats was a great show. Not Paleo, but he didn't spew CW either. Now he does pictorial tweets that are hilarious.

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on December 03, 2012
at 06:08 PM

I miss that show. Sort of off-topic, but did you see AB on Mythbusters a couple of weeks ago? Pure awesome.

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on December 12, 2012
at 10:01 PM

What I loved most about Good Eats was the *science* that AB would share to explain *why* certain foods need to be cooked a certain way, or why some things work better than others in the kitchen. Cooking + chemistry geekery = my little piece of heaven. :)

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on December 03, 2012
at 01:44 AM

what's-your-favourite-cooking-show,-that-doesn't-annoy-you-with-conventional-nutrition-advice?

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on December 03, 2012
at 06:31 PM

beyond that she's not very paleo.

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on December 03, 2012
at 05:14 AM

The F Word (5 seasons) is a good UK show back in 2009. It's a fun mix of cook-offs, restaurant competitions, amateur cooking, and really good knowledge about ethical raising/slaughtering of meat, and cooking with fresh ingredients...etc etc.

Some drama, but nothing like American drama, and plenty of good laughs and recipes (even if not always Paleo...mostly the desserts).

And always, Gordon Ramsay is quite the character.

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on December 03, 2012
at 10:46 PM

Yeah, this is the show I was going to answer with. It's definitely not on board with paleo nutrition, but I love Ramsay's insistence that his kids and viewers understand where their meat comes from. I also find all that diving for scallops, drinking pig blood, eating food from dumpsters, etc. pretty fascinating and entertaining. I've learned so much about food from this show. I used to watch Hell's Kitchen and Master Chef, but I find I like the F Word much better. Ramsay is quite the character.

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on December 03, 2012
at 05:09 AM

I'm a sucker for most reality cooking shows (Top Chef, MasterChef) and the "fix" shows like (Kitchen Nightmares). With the cooking shows, it's amazing to see what masters of their craft can do with limited ingredients and time and even more amazing when they have everything to work with. As for the fix the business shows, I wonder sometimes how much is played up for television as I can't fathom how some of these businesses could even be open!

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on December 03, 2012
at 06:39 PM

I find these shows use ingredients I can't get or afford, and create a frenzied atmosphere where it's impossible to follow what's going on. Way too much drama (with music to match), followed by a bunch of sadistic "yo mamma" style put-downs of the "losers".

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on December 03, 2012
at 11:34 PM

That's all the reasons I like it :).

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on December 03, 2012
at 02:31 AM

i always watch food shows when nothing else is on. i love restaurant stakeout and health inspectors. it's fun to see how gross some places are. i also have always like ina but can't stand watching giada with her stupid italian accent on certain words.

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on December 04, 2012
at 04:24 AM

Just because the way she talks makes me drool: Nigella Lawson. She has some meat only dishes I love Anthony Bourdain's shows. He's unconventional and funny. I can't deal with shows where it's all about excess and grossing people out.

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on December 04, 2012
at 03:26 AM

The Native Diet is a New Zealand TV show promoting an ancestral diet inspired by the research of Dr Weston Price and featuring the Māori folks, who was one of the indigenous groups Dr Price studied.

It would have been pretty neat if they were able to fully embrace their native diet, but The Native Diet webpage is good about qualifying it (emphasis mine):

Centered on commonly available modern foods, the Native Diet consists mainly of meat, fish, vegetables, fruit and root vegetables (allowed foods); and excludes grains, dairy products, refined sugar and processed oils.

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on December 03, 2012
at 06:35 PM

Jacques Pepin. I get lots of ideas from him on food prep techniques, seasoning, and how to maneuver and plan in the kitchen. The other shows are entertaining but I don't learn too much. The iron chef-type shows are flat out irritating, especially if Bobby Flay is involved.

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on December 03, 2012
at 03:36 AM

I love watching Jamie Oliver. At first I didn't think I would, but after watching one of his 30 min meals, he has a kind of charm that just pulled me in. Masterchef is another one. Not sure if it qualifies as a cooking show, but watching it gives me ideas too about new dishes and combinations to try. Plus, I love Gordon Ramsey.

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