Interesting article, hermitt4d! Thanks!
A little history: FoodTV turns 10 this month. This article is syndicated by the Chicago Tribune; should be available on this link for a week.
I’ve watched so much of FoodTV over the past several months not much of it appeals to me right now [V].
[:I], and now, here is the link, he posted editingly:
Must agree with Bill and Mayhaw Man. I browse and occasionally post on chowhound. However I find the website unwieldy to use and somewhat impersonal. Roadfood is a site that is welcoming and friendly.
I’ll second that. There’s a continual battle between good food and "hip" food, it seems. Maybe that’s why it’s enjoyable here. Even when we disagree, we have fun.
Actually, they have me on there occasionally. Ison’t post there very often though, primarily because I prefer the company of friends (or at least erudite opponents) and prefer to not get slagged repeatedly if I post an opinion that someone feels like starting a "piling on" effect. I read it alot though.
Wow. Hadn’t heard that. Thanks for the info.
I agree that this could turn into something really good. When you hear of further developments, please let us know.
C’mon, that’s not fair. Where is it? Inquiring minds want to know (and make fun of)[;)]
So long Tony, it’s been good to know ‘ya. That would figure, wouldn’t it? Before this website, and before the HGTV "slickness" invaded Food TV, I too used to wish Jane & Michael could show their travels, equiped with a video camera and nothing else. It’s now clear why that didn’t and wouldn’t happen.
Over on another food related board right now, a Food TV producer is
soliciting for places that serve "elegant, upscale, sandwiches". the kind with no crusts, of course. He’s only asking in NYC and LA which pretty much sums up why Food TV is unwatchable. 48 other states and all we get is the 2 most overexposed places in the country.
The Food Channel and Tony Bourdain failed to come to an agreement about continuing their relationship. This was announced by AB on another board yesterday. Apparently he did not have any interest in going on if he could not control content and show ideas. He is shopping around the remaining episodes and will continue somewhere.
I find this encouraging actually, as I think that the show would be even better in a longer format with less "dramatic recreations" and just a camera and a boom mike following him around eating, smoking, and drinking.
For an example of how great this can be, check out the first Vietnamese episode. He eats dinner with a family way up in the Mekong Delta (some kind of mud baked duck) and starts into a drinking contest with Grampa. Both of these men are clearly enjoying themselves and the family is as well. Not one shred of condesention or "look how strangely these people behave, let’s watch and laugh". Just mutual respect and a whole lot of good natured humor. And some really giant cigarettes rolled up by Grandma (picture Luckies that look like bannanas). He is an interesting writer and a decent travel guide. I look forward to wherever he turns up next.
I have been watching the food channel since its inception. Over the past few years I have slowly but surely curtailed my watching time. This due to the selection of shows by the program staff. Some of the older offerings such as restaurant reviews from across the country with Alan Richman and Nina Griscom were so real. You actually heard them comment on the quality of the dishes being tasted. Not every piece of chicken or fish or steak or dessert was fabulous, over the top. Some dishes they actually did not like very much. With food finds and other current shows like this, Everything is incredibly fantastic. The viewer is left with nothing to determine an understanding of the hosts tastes or why something is soo good and other dishes are not. Tony Bourdain is an exception to this phenomenon. He tells it like it is. If it tastes like sawdust, he says it tastes like sawdust. He therefore comes across as real and credible. I also liked David Rosengarten. He would analyze and truly give you a sense of the different methods and techniques that went into a particlar dish. Alton is good. Two Fat Ladies was another good show. Emeril is way overexposed. I would think he would be more desirable if he were on an hour a day, instead of six hours. Bobby Flay is too slick for me. I rather see Jack McDavid replace him. The only thing good about Martha is her guests. Rachael Ray is a foxy little thing, even if her cooking is on the primitive side. So much to say about the food channel and so little time. I simply wish they would chuck those shows which feature how to make taffy for a variety of new or established chefs and cooks and restaurant critics. It would be much more cutting edge.
I’m getting tired of Unwrapped as well. I love Jamie Oliver and have worked my way through one of his cookbooks. But, I’m not find of his Twist show. The old ones were much better.
As for Food Finds, I’m glad someone else noticed how generic the production values are. Ditto for Best Of. I stopped watching it due to the obnoxious use of stock music. The hosts are dorks as well. I’d love to see Jill Cordez spend an afternoon with Tony Bourdain, happily eating grasshoppers and drinking goopy Mexican hooch.
I used to wonder why Jane and Michael didn’t get hooked up on Food Network. Now I’m glad they really didn’t.
Slightly ot, I remember a PBS cookpng show, Floyd on Food . Insane brit, Lots of drinking , Combat cooking . Always flat out, Burners up all the way. All the time . Things burning ,Cacthing on fire. Food tasted, Declared crap and thrown out.Pure chaos. All in all great fun.
Maybe I shouldn’t admit this, but I kind of enjoy the Food Channel. It’s elevator music for the eyes–read a newspaper or book, look up periodically to see if there’s anything interesting on. . . . If I see a good-looking recipe I’ll check it out, then maybe do a search for similar ones. Beats the hell out of CNN.
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