In our household there's one easy way to always know who has control of the remote. If Chris is in charge there's a home design show or black & white movie on the tube. If I've got the clicker we're probably watching sports or a ridiculous horror film. Most likely starring Klaus Kinski.
But there is one thing we both dig and that's cooking shows. Whether it's a quickie documentary about food history, combo travel/cooking program, or a competition featuring Bobby Flay (who, as we know, I hate with the white hot intensity of a thousand suns), odds are we'll give it a whirl and maybe even learn something to boot.
I've been a fan of cooking shows for years, spening many Saturdays camped out in front of the tube watching The Frugal Gourmet do his thing. In fact, the Frug's first paperback was the first cookbook I ever received and I still have that beaten and battered, coverless tome somewhere in my collection. (Still to be unpacked after our recent move and impending kitchen renovation.)
Over the years I've enjoyed shows featuring Ming Tsai, Emeril Lagasse, Alton Brown, The Iron Chefs, Justin Wilson and many more. These days, though, the dial is crammed with so many shows it's almost impossible to keep track of what's good (Alton Brown, Ming Tsai), bad (Rachel Ray, Jamie Oliver), and borderline (Hell's Kitchen).
Enter TV Food Fan, an informative and good natured blog about the likes of Gordon Ramsay (the UK chef whose 'Kitchen Nightmares' has become a particular favorite) and Giada De Laurentiis, granddaughter of the legendary movie producer Dino De Laurentiis.
A recent entry to the blogoshphere, TV Food Fan dishes news and info in a friendly tone and keeps you wanting more. Check it out!