No Reservations -- Bourdain. Food porn, but he's an interesting guy and he's honest at least about the food presented.
He!!'s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares -- Ramsay. About He!!'s Kitchen -- it's interesting to see the "chef's" who can't cook and with poor hygiene get weeded out. It's even more interesting to see them make the final three. About Nightmares: He seems to be mellowing. Can it be possible?
Iron Chef -- American and Japanese. Japanese without the dubbed translation is beyond surreal. Even funnier is that when they started translating the show, how similar the U.S. writer's mistranslations were to my fantasies.
Dotch! -- Japanese. Must be seen to be believed. A Japanese game/cooking show by Salvador Dali.
Bobby Flay cooking shows where he actually cooks: He's not the world's greatest cook, but he isn't the world's worst either.
Molto Mario -- Mario Batali. That little sucker can really cook. He's like a fracking ballerina on Iron Chef. He knows an immense amount about food, too.
Paula's Home Cooking -- The food's gonna kill you, but it's going to taste good.
Barefoot Contessa -- Ina Garten. The woman can cook. She can teach. She's not very interesting, but she can cook and teach. Perhaps the gayest show on TV.
Top Chef -- Various. The challenges can be very odd. They've been doing a lot of catering this year but almost none of the contestants are caterers, and none of the judges. Go figure.
Next Food Network Super Star -- Various. Strange challenges. Very strange. Nice to see someone else suffer.
Emeril's various shows: I'm not sure how much more Emeril has to teach me after all these years, or how many times I can laugh at the same jokes. But he's a good teacher, a good cook, and a good showman. I think he gets his audience drunk -- which makes him a good host. I love the way he thinks about food. I love the way he teaches home cooks to relax, enjoy and taste. He does everything right that Alton does wrong.
30 minute meals -- Rachel Ray is way too perky. She's also not that good a cook.
Everyday Italian -- My wife hates it, I just don't like it. We both have the feeling that Giada's not really a very good cook. Too many cuts, too many swap outs. Too much food porn. Too many nummie noises before actually getting the food in the mouth.
Semi-Homemade -- I mean, really.
Food Porn in general -- I don't have to watch TV to watch other people eat. Most of these shows, are colossal BS and just advertising for the featured restaurants.
Paula's Party -- Paula Deen. I like Paula Deen a lot. But is it me, or does she seem drunk? Whether she's drinking or taking medication for some purpose, without knowing more her affect makes me uncomoftable.
Good Eats -- Alton Brown. I like a lot of what Alton does, too many things to bother starting, and recognize that he's a VERY STRONG teacher. But I don't like his reliance on gizmos and gimmicks, think he's way too tied to measuring, and he seems to think that his way, whatever it is, is the best way -- when it's usually just one among many.
Diners, etc. -- Guy Fieri. Food porn of the worst sort, frequently featuring obviously lousy food, but Guy Fieri makes it work -- sort of.
Tyler Florence various shows: Inconsistent. He has the rep of lots of his recipes not working, too.
I miss Jacques Pepin, Julia Child, The Galloping Gourmet, The Frugal Gourmet (even if he was an old perv), Yan Can Cook, East Meets West (Ming Tsai), and so many others.
There are more, but enough rambling. I'll let you guys up.