Lessons in Cooking Part 2: Cooking Shows
Our food blogger names her favorite TV chefs
Thank God for Food Network and all food shows inside my television! I don’t know where I’d be without them. How super cool that so much great information and amazing recipes are demonstrated right before our eyes by the shining stars of the culinary world.
I like to try out recipes at home — but not necessarily long and complicated ones. I am a sucker for 15-20 minute recipes that pack in a big punch of flavor and texture. Like most people, I have my favorite foodie-shows that I like to watch as much as I can. Let’s see how my list compares to yours.
One of my all time favorite shows is Barefoot Contessa. She inspires me to throw elegant parties without slaving over the stove. Or just to prepare a very special meal for my honey and me. Her recipes are fairly simple to follow and she really gives great tips on what you can do ahead to save time and aggravation. One of my favorite desserts learned from her is the frozen blueberries served with warm white chocolate sauce. It always makes my guests do a double take. So simple and simply dynamite!
Giada De Laurentiis has excellent recipes that always call for fresh ingredients and result in tons of flavor and textures. She is also pretty big on presentation and colors in a casual-chic sort of a way — which is so my style. It is way better than stuffy and elegant, don’t you think?
I love watching Jacques Pepin’s show Essential Pepin on PBS. He manages to de-mystify complex French cooking right before our very own eyes. Watching him makes me feel, “I CAN do this”! And I love that!
One show that I could never get around to watching when it was being aired — but felt compelled to buy DVD later on from PBS.org was, The Mind of a Chef – David Chang. David Chang is my superman! Why wouldn’t I want to get inside his mind?! The show is narrated by Anthony Bourdain and in it David takes us on a fascinating international journey through all his culinary influences. It is a must see. My favorite episode was when David visits Rene Redzepi. Watching Rene slice a fresh scallop - so fresh that you could still see it throbbing as it takes its last breath! OMG! That is the essence of Rene Redzepi and it was captured so beautifully on this show.
Finally, one show that has me insanely addicted right now is: Parts Unknown by Anthony Bourdain on CNN. It’s not all about food. But when Anthony explores these obscure parts of the world and their cultures — the food they eat just makes so much sense. It makes me want to just pack my bags and trace Anthony Bourdain’s steps.