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I'm Mad at the Foodnetwork

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I was just trying to check the schedule for tomorrow morning's Foodnetwork lineup. Saturdays are my favorite mornings because I get up and watch Jamie At Home at 9:30. I was trying to find out what great amazing things he's going to inspire me to make only to find out that Jamie Oliver won't be on at ALL!!!! It's being replaced by yet another new show "the cooking loft." It seems all they do is get the great chefs out of the way so they can make room for all these new chefs... I mean really! Bobby? Guy? Big Daddy? Not for me! I'm looking for Mario, Jamie, Ming!

Quick, anybody know where I can get my fix?

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post #2 of 29
Public Television!
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post #3 of 29
PBS has much better cooking programming than the food network. I don't miss cable/satellite TV at all. Just hundreds of channels of crap.
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post #4 of 29
The wife and I made the decision to ditch cable/sat a little while ago. We've got three young kids that we're chasing around during the day...and when we're done we'll watch one to two shows that were recorded on the DVR. One day we noticed that a good number of shows were DVR'd off the major networks. Then you had my cooking and landscape shows that were all from one of the PBS stations.

We canceled cable and bought a Tivo HD. We still have a guided dual tuner HD DVR for all the broadcast channels. The HD picture is great! Not to mention our bill went from $140 to $24 for DSL internet.

PBS all the way!

dan
post #5 of 29
ogg that chic is a B%#$H I met her at a charity event I was volunteering for and she was jsut like snooty and mean. maybe it was a bad day but at $5000 a person she could have been a bit nicer.

I dont watch FN much during the day and I have watched jamie at home. and its a decent show. it relates to me since i grow alot of stuff.

I hate the fact that they keep on pushing who they want to be big. liek micheal simon or whoever. and ugg i cant stand them....

Dont push your stars.... I feel like FN is going to end up like MTV...

Im still a big fan of good eats
post #6 of 29
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Who was snooty?

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post #7 of 29
That show just looks awful.

I think they must have someone new behind the scenes at FN because their programming seems to be getting worse and worse, and they are going for edgy over educational.
post #8 of 29
I'm thinking this might be the person GRK is referring to

The Cooking Loft with Alexandra Guarnaschelli
post #9 of 29
Try this:

Yell at Quinn, he's doing his externship at the Food Network and if enough of us are upset, he'll make everything all better!

......

I can dream can't I?
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post #10 of 29
I'd been unable to watch PBS cooking shows until this past week. What a pleasure. Got more ideas and recipes from watching a dozen or so shows than from weeks of watching FN. Over the past couple of months, even before getting PBS access, I stopped watching most FN shows.

shel
post #11 of 29
It seems to me that the Food Network has turned into the food entertainment channel rather than a cooking channel.

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post #12 of 29
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Jamie at Home is not awful, at least in my opinion. Why not check it out before putting it down? I find it really informative and inspiring to take chances with my cooking. Every time I've tried one of his recipes I've never been disappointed. His risotto technique is exceptional!

I did watch the Cooking Loft and I wasn't overly impressed. I'm not sure I like her school marmish matronly personality and I don't like the way she handles and preps food. If she's going to do a whole thing about tomatoes, why not talk about the different kinds of tomatoes, their flavor, their texture, which one is better suited for what, etc.

At this point I'm not so much looking for great recipes as I am looking for tips on technique. America's Test Kitchen is great for that. Good Eats can be good but sometimes I feel like he's all about "it's this way or the highway." This new show Food Detectives is uninspired and silly.

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post #13 of 29
I was talking about the cooking loft.
post #14 of 29
Shel, how is it you weren't able to get PBS? Cable or satellite should provide local channels, or there's always rabbit ear antennas.

Phil
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post #15 of 29
I didn't have cable, or rather, my set being old, I was unable to get all the local cable channels. Rabbit ears don't work where I'm located. Without cable I get two chinese language channels and one regular channel.

A few days ago I got access to a cable box which allowed me to get some channels that I couldn't get before.

In any case, television isn't very important to me. For years I had no cable, and was only able to receive one channel. I used the set for watching DVD movies. When I moved, a basic cable setup was available to me.

shel
post #16 of 29
I love her, Alex Guarnaschelli.  I think she's beautiful as well, but my husband thinks I'm totally all wet.  Snotty is his thought too.  Either way, I really wanted to like the cooking loft, but didn't.  I really wanted to like her 'at home' show, but didn't. < The food she cooked or prepared there was uneventful and boring at best.  I like her on Chopped, but think her criticism is off putting sometimes.
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post #17 of 29
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Shel, how is it you weren't able to get PBS? Cable or satellite should provide local channels, or there's always rabbit ear antennas.

Phil

  Didn't the U.S. get rid of analog signals and is now strictly digital?
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post #18 of 29
Hehe, I just noticed when this thread was started....Don't I feel silly now
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post #19 of 29
Interesting idea of beauty, LuvPie. Whatever it is, she's the antithesis of it, IMO. And if she'd just once remove the maize core from her nether regions it might turn out she's got a personality hidden under that snooty veneer.

They keep trying to turn her into a star, but it's never gonna take.
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post #20 of 29
We had cable connected in our new place just recently - but there is very little I am finding to watch on it.  No Ming, not even any Gordon or Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall ir Georgio Locatelli....lots of air crash disasters, CSI style stuff and things like that.   Hmmph!!!!

At the least there is MasterChef (UK version) and really old versions of the original Iron Chef- great fun.

It's "Jamie's Month" this month on cable here - getting slightly old very fast...holding out hope there will be something fresh upcoming.  Or even some classic Keith Floyd (may he R.I.P.)- enjoy his various series so much.  Simple cooking, great personality, local information and cooking partners.

I see Giardia de Larenzo (sp?) and turn onto the Simpsons immediately   Sorry Giardia
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post #21 of 29
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I see Giardia de Larenzo (sp?) and turn onto the Simpsons immediately   Sorry Giardia


Giardia! <LOL>  www.cdc.gov/HealthySwimming/giardiafacts.htm
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Giardia! <LOL>  www.cdc.gov/HealthySwimming/giardiafacts.htm

Schmoozer,  thanks for my first laugh of the day, and thanks to DCSunshine for inspiring it!
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post #23 of 29
Spelled "Giada di Laurentiis."  She's from the film making de Laurentiis family. 

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post #24 of 29
 Well the food network really is going after a specific niche I would say and it is not foodies. Like was previously stated what happened to all the chefs like Mario, Jamie, (the two Irish ladies), Wolfgan puck etc. 

I don't know about you guys but I am sick of seeing the food network challenges they are so boring. Like many of you I am on PBS most of the time and I am watching:

  • America's Test Kitchen
  • Primal Grill with Steven Rachlin
  • Diary of a foodie with Ruth Reichl
  • Sara's week nights
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post #25 of 29
In addition to the rotten and repetitive crap shown on Food Network, I'm also getting tired of you guys talking about these great PBS shows that my local affiliate doesn't subscribe to.

Well, maybe tired isn't the word. Jealous is more like it.

We get Lidia, on and off. America's Test Kitchen, which I don't care for. A new Martha Stewart production, which may as well be on FN. And that's it.

For awhile we got Pepin's Fast Food My Way, but that's gone. And there's a great series about cooking historic foods. But, again, that's on-again, off-again.

But if you want to see some old ladies, who can barely talk, touting their own needle craft companies, our station is the place to be.
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post #26 of 29
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... but I am sick of seeing the food network challenges they are so boring.


 

I'm with you on that one!!  No matter what the "theme" is,  (rice crispy treat sky-scrapers---give me a break!) ... it's always the same.  One runs out of time, another's creation collapses, someone else breaks a rule and is challenged...yadda yadda, blah blah.  I look at the program guide, see the word "challenge",  and immediately flip right past it to something else. 

And as long as we're picking bones:  Ace of Cakes irritates me more than any of the others... that guy with his hat on backwards,  and his whole grubby-looking crew... do people actually eat those cakes?  eeUUww!!
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post #27 of 29
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And as long as we're picking bones:  Ace of Cakes irritates me more than any of the others... that guy with his hat on backwards,  and his whole grubby-looking crew... do people actually eat those cakes?  eeUUww!!
 

I feel the same way about all the cake shows, like Amazing Wedding Cakes and The Cake Boss.  My biggest criteria for a cake is for it to taste good.  Aside from that I don't want it to topple over, be spray painted, look like a disney character, have moving parts, and I especially don't want "hand molding."  It freaks me out for food to be handled so much.

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post #28 of 29
I guess it's come back full circle.  It all started with Discovery channel and PBS, then food network started up and Discovery cut their cooking shows.  Now it's back again.
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Spelled "Giada di Laurentiis."  She's from the film making de Laurentiis family. 

BDL
 


Yep.  Dino is, I believe, her grandfather.  The family has (had) a restaurant or two back in the old country, so food and cooking is part of her history.
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