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  • TheCountofQ
    Former Member
    • Apr 2015
    • 503
    • Tulsa, Oklahoma

    Favorite Cooking Shows??

    The one that really got me interested, many years ago, was a PBS series, "The Frugal Gourmet". Italian food, that frankly, was still probably expensive to make, but it really reached out and grabbed me, as a teenager (maybe I was pre-teen).

    "Good Eats"!!! Alton Brown is da man!!! Taught me bunches, in a way I could easily understand!!! Rumors of a spin-off coming back. I hope so, as I believe he has more to offer than a game show host (even if it is food related).

    "Americas Test Kitchen" is awesome. They do some things differently than recommended here at times, and I rarely cook the recipes from the show, but I have learned much in the way of techniques and tricks that I do put into practice. I do use the ATK site to look up recipes on occasion, and have a full membership to the suite of sites.

    Recently, I started watching "Now Eat This", with Rocco Despirito (spelling?). I don't know why I like this show so much. I don't cook his style of food, but still....I really enjoy this one.

    I won't go into the shows/celebrities that I don't like (some I despise), as I don't want to bash anyone. I would bet some of these may show up in this list!!
  • TwoNuse
    Club Member
    • Dec 2016
    • 35
    • Montgomery County, Maryland
    • Weber Kettle
      22 inch Weber Smokey Mountain
      Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center
      Beer of choice: Molson Golden
      Charcoal of choice: KBB (Blue Bag)

    #2
    I was a big fan of Nigella Lawson's shows.

    It had little to do with the cooking.

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    • Paul299
      Paul299 commented
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      Haha, love it. Being a cook rather than her chef her recipes are really easy while still being tasty. I've got 3 or 4 of her books.
  • Steve B
    Club Member
    • Jun 2016
    • 2935
    • Rockland county New York
    • Lonestar Grillz 24x36 offset smoker, grill, w/ main chamber charcoal grate and 3 tel-tru thermometers - left, right and center
      Yoke Up custom charcoal basket and a Grill Wraps cover.

      22.5 copper kettle w/ SnS, DnG, BBQ vortex, gasket and stainless steel hinge kit.

      Napoleon gas grill (soon to go bye bye) rotting out.

      1 maverick et-733 digital thermometer - black
      1 maverick et-733 - gray
      1 new standard grilling remote digital thermometer
      1 thermoworks thermopen mk4 - red
      1 thermoworks thermopop - red

      Pre Miala flavor injector
      taylor digital scale
      TSM meat grinder
      chefs choice food slicer
      cuisinhart food processor
      food saver vacuum sealer
      TSM harvest food dehydrator

    #3
    I have been liking Diners,Drive Ins and Dives. I like the different foods and techniques that all the guests have to offer. It's been giving me inspiration to try some off the wall things.

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    • Huskee
      Pit Boss
      • May 2014
      • 14901
      • central MI, USA
      • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue

        Want a free bottle of whiskey? Check out my link to Flaviar.com, you join with it, we both get a $50 bottle free.

        Smokers / Grills
        • Yoder loaded Wichita offset smoker
        • PBC
        • Grilla Silverbac pellet grill
        • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (SnSK)
        • Dyna-Glo XL Premium dual chamber charcoal grill
        • Weber 22" Original Kettle Premium (copper)
        • Weber 26" Original Kettle Premium (black)
        • Weber Jumbo Joe Gold (18.5")
        • Weber Smokey Joe Silver (14.5")
        • Brinkmann cabinet charcoal smoker (repurposed)

        Thermometers
        • (3) Maverick XR-50: 4-probe Wireless Thermometers
        • (7) Maverick ET-732s
        • (1) Maverick ET-735 Bluetooth (in box)
        • (1) Smoke by ThermoWorks
        • (1) Signals by ThermoWorks
        • Thermapen MkII, orange
        • ThermoPop, yellow
        • ThermoWorks ChefAlarm
        • Morpilot 6-probe wireless
        • ThermoWorks Infrared IRK2
        • ThermoWorks fridge & freezer therms as well

        Accessories
        • Instant Pot 6qt
        • Anova Bluetooth SV
        • Kitchen Aide mixer & meat grinder attachment
        • Kindling Cracker King (XL)
        • BBQ Dragon
        • Weber full & half chimneys, Char-Broil Half Time chimney
        • Weber grill topper
        • Slow 'N Sear Original, XL, and SnS Charcoal Basket (for Jumbo Joe)
        • Drip 'N Griddle Pan, 22' Easy Spin Grate, and Elevated Cooking grate, by ABCbarbecue
        • Pittsburgh Digital Moisture Meter

        Beverages
        • Favorite summer beer: Leinenkugels Summer & Grapefruit Shandy, Hamm's, Michelob Ultra Pure Gold
        • Fav other beer: DAB, Sam Adams regular, Third Shift amber or Coors Batch 19, Stella Artois
        • Fav cheap beers: Pabst, High Life, Hamm's & Stroh's
        • Most favorite beer: The one in your fridge
        • Wine: Red- big, bold, tannic & peppery- Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauv, Sangiovese, Syrah, etc
        • Whiskey: Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, E.H. Taylor, Blanton's, Old Forester 1870, Elijah Craig, Basil Hayden's. Neat please.
        • Scotch: Current favorite- The Arran (anything by them), Glenmorangie 12yr Lasanta, sherry cask finished. The Balvenie Double Wood, also like Oban 18yr, and The Glenlivet Nadurra (Oloroso sherry cask finished) among others. Neat please.

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      #4
      ATK and Good Eats make me feel smart.
      Lidia's Italy (on PBS) makes me feel happy.

      I hate watching BBQ shows. Too much "soak your wood to make sure it smokes better", "rest your steak", "you gotta mop your ribs to make sure they're moist", and "smoke it for 14hrs" [without bothering with checking the temp] nonsense for me.

      Not cooking but food related, I love DDD and Anthony Bourdain. I used to enjoy watching Man vs Food too.

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      • TheCountofQ
        TheCountofQ commented
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        It gotta be GREAT to have that much culinary knowledge!! I feel smarter AFTER watching the shows (half a dozen times or more).
    • tbob4
      Charter Member
      • Nov 2014
      • 2256
      • Chico, CA
      • BBQ's
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        Cherry
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        Apple

      #5
      Huskee - funny. I love Anthony Bourdain as well and I often forget I'm watching a food show; So much so that I didn't even consider it when the question was asked. Diners, Drive-ins and Dives is fun but watching it around dinner makes me feel full. Hate to admit this - Top Chef is a guilty pleasure.

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      • GadjetGriller
        Club Member
        • Dec 2015
        • 726
        • Lubbock tx
        • I have 3 outdoor devices (plus a couple indoor items) Starting with the PBC, Faux Kamado Kooker,(Akorn metal Kamado) & Oklahoma Joe offset grill and smoker. I use the FireBoard WiFi Thermometer. IQ110 (heat control device for akorn) recently acquired a Char-Broil Big Easy TRU-INFRARED 3-in-1 Roaster, Smoker and Grill, I also have A Anova & Joule Sous Vide Wands and The Steakager ( a unit for Dry aging big hunks of meat!)

        #6
        Alton Brown and Good Eats is the show that made me want to learn how to cook! (he is gonna start a web only show in Jan in the same vain as good eats but with stuff that the Food Network wouldn't let him do (like Rabbit)

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        • TheCountofQ
          TheCountofQ commented
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          Sweet!! I saw a webcast where he said he was bringing back a version of the show, but had not heard any details since. Good Eats is on Netflix now (selected episodes that change from time to time). Wish I knew where to find the complete collection on DVD or for download.

        • Atalanta
          Atalanta commented
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          AFAIK there isn't a full DVD set of Good Eats.
      • Skip
        Founding Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 3243
        • Blue Earth, Minnesota
        • MAK Pellet Grill, Large BGE, Weber Kettle with SnS, Weber Gasser, Pit Barrel Cooker, Cast Iron Pans & Griddle, Grill Grates, Mostly Thermoworks Thermometers

        #7
        I really like shows like Good Eats or Americas Test Kitchen that teach me how to cook things and answer some of the whys about cooking. The shows that are competition or have special ingredients that can only be gotten in some far away store are usually not that good but sometimes at least entertaining.

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        • TheCountofQ
          TheCountofQ commented
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          I agree. It is the "why", or the science of it, that makes these two shows great. And done in an entertaining fashion. Gaining the "understanding" allows one to apply the principal in other recipes with confidence, rather than just following a recipe.

        • TheCountofQ
          TheCountofQ commented
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          Also, especially with ATK, is the solutions they recommend for overcoming problems associated with the various dishes!!
      • W.A.
        Charter Member
        • Sep 2014
        • 744
        • Kingwood, TX
        • Rec Tec Stampede, Pit Barrel Cooker, Weber One Touch Gold 22.5", Kamado Joe Classic

        #8
        Not a big fan of cooking shows anymore, but I used to watch them. I watch youtube cooking videos now.

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        • lschweig
          Former Member
          • Jul 2014
          • 979
          • Oswego, Il

          #9
          Anthony Bourdain and some of the Bizarre Foods shows.

          Comment

          • RonB
            Club Member
            • Apr 2016
            • 12572
            • Near Richmond VA
            • Weber Performer Deluxe
              SNS
              Pizza insert
              Rotisserie
              Smokenator 1000
              Cookshack Smokette Elite
              2 Thermapens
              Chefalarm
              Dot
              lots of probes.
              CyberQ

            #10
            There are some cooking shows that I like, (like ATK), but not enough to actually seek them out. So I only see them by accident.

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            • Huskee
              Huskee commented
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              Same here.
          • troymeister
            Charter Member
            • Aug 2014
            • 1348
            • Forest Park Il
            • Weber 26

              Weber Performer 22.5, Weber 18.5, WSM 18.5, Smokey Joe

              2 Slow N Sears, Charcoal Rotisserie, Kettle Pizza for Weber 22.5

              Smoke Thermometer, Igrill, Thermapen, Thermapop,Maverick 2 probe

              Good Cabernet, Merlot, Zin

              Anti Hero, Blue moon

              I love cooking with wine. Sometimes I put it in my food.

            #11
            I used to love the Food Network and the Cooking Channel...I watched all of them. From Emeril, Rachael Ray, Alton Brown to Nadia G and Two Fat ladies. Now nothing but contests with food we will never make or eat. Very sad...I lot of good entertainment down the tube.

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            • troymeister
              troymeister commented
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              True. But IMHO She is still Smokin' Hot...

            • beerwort
              beerwort commented
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              Soon it will be "The F Network" much like "MTV" (Music TV)

            • Atalanta
              Atalanta commented
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              beerwort - I thought at first you were predicting we'd be seeing more Gordon Ramsey.
          • TheCountofQ
            Former Member
            • Apr 2015
            • 503
            • Tulsa, Oklahoma

            #12
            Originally posted by TwoNuse View Post
            It had little to do with the cooking.
            I just did a Google search for her. I understand now!!!

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            • Shane Rakow
              Club Member
              • Oct 2016
              • 568
              • Nebraska
              • Traeger Pellet w/ add-on Cold Smoker attachment (2008)
                Weber-22" Kettle w/SnS Plus (2002)
                Brinkman Bullet Smoker (super old)
                Little Chief (really, really old)
                Kenmore Propane 4-burner w/Searing Station (2015)
                Burn Pit (1992)
                ThermoWorks Smoke (2016)
                ThermoWorks Thermapen (old, waiting to win a new one)

                Favorite Dog Breed: German Shorthair Pointer
                Favorite Car: The ones that start
                Favorite Month: October
                Favorite Steak: Ribeye, rare, and reverse seared

              #13
              Any show with Jacques P├ępin works for me.

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              • Nate
                Former Member
                • Apr 2015
                • 3811
                • Quarantined

                #14
                Any of the shows with Giada De Laurentiis!

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                • Ate55
                  Ate55 commented
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                  I second that....can I get a third???

                • Potkettleblack
                  Potkettleblack commented
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                  More decolletage during sweeps periods. More bending over a dish, as well. Wife finds it amusing.

                • Hulagn1971
                  Hulagn1971 commented
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                  Ate55 agreed!
              • richinlbrg
                Founding Member
                • Jul 2014
                • 1872
                • Leesburg, VA. (Northern, VA)
                • We have two weber kettle grills (one LARGE and one small/average), the SnS and the Weber Smokey Mountain 18" smoker. We use both natural lump charcoal and KNB for smoking and measure our temps with a Maverick 733, thermopen and MK4. Favorite beer depends on what is cooking (alt answer is yes).

                #15
                Steve B I enjoy DDD, BUTT, I had the opportunity to go to a DDD restaurant one time. At best, they excelled in mediocrity. At best. Would not return.

                The funny thing is that exactly across the street was a LEGIT, ESTABLISHED Dive that regularly had long lines! Hot Dog place that was GREAT! Even had Paul Newman as a client.

                Man, did DDD miss the boat. So now I question all their selections.

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                • Atalanta
                  Atalanta commented
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                  Part of the reason we stopped watching Man vs Food. He did a philly show and didn't go to Pat's or Gino's for cheesesteaks. He went to a place that is a media darling, been featured on other shows, Like Beat Bobby Flay.

                • Potkettleblack
                  Potkettleblack commented
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                  Same experience with a few places around Chicago. There are legit DDDs and there are places that Guy's producers find that will allow them to film and whatnot.

                  But I find Guy tremendously annoying.

                • Greasy
                  Greasy commented
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                  Guy comes out here to Hawaii and some of the places he goes to are great and some are so-so. I'll give him credit, there are a lot of bad tourist trap restaurants here and he isn't leading people to them.

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