Originally Posted by Sara Moulton
You know the food network has been moving in a different direction for awhile, more towards big personalities and entertainment shows and less towards education. (more about good tv and less about teaching someone how to cook). I am an old fashioned kind of chef who got into this industry because I love to cook, so I prefer to learn something and for that reason I like to watch the PBS shows which feature chefs or authors with alot of experience who can teach me something.
I'm not sure who the audience is for most of the "game show" type programing. In fact, given the state of the economy and the amount of packaged and processed food people are eating, FoodTV could do a lot worse than getting back to actually teaching people how to cook.
And I'm not talking about showing someone toss a half dozen containers of magically pre-cut, pre-measured, pre-cleaned ingredients into a preheated pan, but actually showing how to select and purchase the ingredients, show how to do the actual knife work, select the cooking vessel (and explain why) and actually cook it. For someone who cooks very little or not at all, watching a TV personality toss magically prepped ingredients into the pan that's already preheating on the cook-top is as useful as learning to fly by watching jets take off at the airport.
FoodTV needs to get back to teaching people how to actually cook, from the ground up. And not just every now and then, but on a regular basis in prime-time. Alton Brown covers many of these things, but in reality, he's too far ahead for the people who *really* never learned how to cook.
I don't think America understands exactly how much better (and cheaper) they could be eating if they only took the time to learn. It just kills me to see someone checking out at the supermarket with bags full of "prepared food" and sweetened drinks, when the same money that buys junk for a week, could have provided absolutely amazing food for the month.
TerryEdited by web monkey - 3/2/10 at 9:10am