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Yummy TV: The Best Thing I Ever Ate

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 16th 2009 1:16PM
If you think this image of french fries looks delicious and appetizing, this post is for you.

There are so many cooking shows and food competition shows, everything from Hell's Kitchen to Top Chef to Man v. Food, but there's a new one that started up recently that I'm really, really enjoying. Maybe because it's just about the joy of eating! Whatever the reason, The Best Thing I Ever Ate is a winner.

The idea behind this new Food Network program is simple: they've asked the personalities, chefs, cooks and foodies of the network to talk about "the best thing they ever ate" in a particular category, like fried foods or pizza or sandwiches. Not only do they expound on that particular food, but they tell you where you can get it for yourself. So far, I've got about six spots on a map for a cross country trip I'm planning! Because they're talking about foods they love, they really get into it.

Aside from the fact that it's fun to see the likes of Duff Goldman gushing about something other than cakes or watching Giada DiLaurentis drool over hot fried doughnuts, what makes the show work -- for me -- is that they're talking about real food.

Generally speaking, they're not talking truffles or souffles or exotic fare like Anthony Bourdain might order, it's a lot more meat and potatoes. Case in point, Bobby Flay extolling the brilliance of french fries cooked just right at a restaurant in New York. You can practically taste them.

The only thing wrong with watching The Best Thing You Ever Ate is that it invariably makes you hungry.

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Yeah...you're obviously a big Anthony Bourdain fan because, of course, he NEVER orders real food. Only the exotic fancy stuff.

I guess in one of his latest episodes, his retrospective on all the street food he's eaten around the world, and the fact that it's really his favorite type of foot is a moot point.

Guess they must have made a CGI Bourdain for that episode. My bad.

August 19 2009 at 3:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Giada could cook with sand broken beer bottles and beach tar ---- and I would still watch the show.

August 18 2009 at 5:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Have watched this program and love it. The only problem I have is with Giada. I've watched he on Food Network and watched her use PREGO tomato sauce in her receipe. For an Italian cook, I found this to be so gross and would never watch the show again. It was not a fast food receipe show it was EVERDAY ITALIAN. Don't think a lot of down home italians use PREGO. I'm Irish and make my own sauce for my receipes. I wouldn't use cold cuts for corned beef and cabbage!!!

August 16 2009 at 3:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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