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Four Cooking Channel Shows That Look Delicious

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 21st 2010 2:02PM
Food JammersIf you take your remote control and surf on over to Fine Living Network on May 31, well, it won't be there. Instead, you're going to see The Cooking Channel, Food Network's new channel devoted to food (of course), drinks, and travel. They've announced the lineup for the network's debut, and while some of the shows seem like something we could see on the parent network, there's enough quirky new stuff to grab your attention.

Some are using the word "edgy" to describe the new channel too, but unless they're breaking the necks of live chickens right on television, this is still just a food channel. Oh, wait, they actually are going to break chicken necks! Alrighty.

After the jump, my picks for the four shows that look the most interesting, as well as a quick rundown on what else we're going to see on the new channel.

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Slashfood picks the ten greatest cooking shows of all-time

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 31st 2009 6:01PM
Graham KerrI'm sort of a cooking show geek. I can watch Martha Stewart bake a pie or Alton Brown explain how a convection oven works any time of the day, even two in the morning. And it's not like I just started watching cooking shows in the past several years because it was hip to do so, I've been watching them since I was a kid. I was rather addicted to The French Chef and The Galloping Gourmet when I was younger.

Both shows make it to our sister site Slashfood's list of the ten greatest cooking shows of all-time.

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How Dan Aykroyd stole Julie & Julia from Meryl Streep

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 13th 2009 3:00PM
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Two-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep does an amazing job of bringing Julia Child to life in the new movie Julie & Julia. Watch the clips that Bob posted recently and you'll understand why I'm sure this film will earn Ms. Meryl another Oscar nomination. That will be number 16, breaking her record of 15 nominations thus far.

But did you know that Dan Aykroyd steals the movie right out from under Meryl Streep's nose ... not to mention Amy Adams, too? It's true. Director Nora Ephron wisely included the famous Saturday Night Live sketch called The French Chef, in which Dan masterfully skewered Julia's TV show. The cry, "Save the liver" is still one of the funniest lines I've ever heard -- and still use when the occasion calls for it!

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Julia and Meryl's Julia

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 7th 2009 1:23PM
Julie and Julia opens today, so I thought it would be fun to compare the real Julia Child with Meryl Streep's movie version. Below are two videos. The first is the real Julia Child making an omelet on her show The French Chef, and the second is a clip from the movie.

Child had a deeper voice than most impersonators would have you believe, but it looks like Streep does a good job.

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PBS learns about the Internet

by Annie Wu, posted Apr 25th 2009 1:01PM
PBSPBS! Internet! Things! High-five, nerds.

PBS's content is finally online, just barely pulling them a little closer to catching up with everyone else. Their portal seems pretty straight-forward and there is a clear effort for organization, but the amount of content is super-limited. If you're looking for a bit of Time Team America, there's only one full episode online, but if Antiques Roadshow is more your thing, the site is definitely worth checking out.

I'm most excited about having NOVA on-hand, mainly because of the amount of non-video content that is directly accessible through each episode. Like, check out this installment about fractals and then poke around all the links immediately beneath the player. It'll make your brain tingle.

Edit: Obviously, this isn't the first time PBS has had content online, but it's still nice to finally have a place to house it all, yes?

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Gordon Ramsay plans another Fox food program

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 29th 2009 5:05PM
G RamI love British chef Gordon Ramsay. I love watching him on TV, whether it's his Fox shows -- Hell's Kitchen or Kitchen Nightmares -- or the ones that have turned up on BBC America like Ramsay's Boiling Point and the most recent show, The F Word. The F stands for food, by the way. Much as I love him, though, I don't think I want him as a teacher.

Well, that's what he's going to be doing next. The Simon Cowell of cooking is plotting something new for the network. Ramsay's doing a special cooking show for Fox in the Julia Child tradition, teaching how to do what he does. The idea is for Gordon to create a three-course dinner while giving home viewers instructions about how to do it with him.

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Do we still need PBS?

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 19th 2008 12:27PM

PBS logoThis question comes up at least once a year: do we still need PBS?

Of course, I think the real question people want an answer to is, do we still need to fund PBS? Charles McGrath looks at both sides of the issue in this New York Times piece.

The Bush administration (and let's face it, more than a few citizens) want to slice the annual budget for PBS in half. They've been trying for several years (there was even a West Wing episode where this was one of the plots), but every year they get their money. The main arguments against funding are twofold: 1.) is PBS really necessary in this age of 150 channels, and 2.) should we keep funding PBS since they do their own fund raising every year and also make money on the stuff they sell? The network pulls in less viewers now (though the viewers that remain are loyal and help save the network every year). So what should happen?

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Ask TV Squad: Are cooking shows on DVD?

by Anna Johns, posted Sep 26th 2006 12:19PM
emeril lagasseTV Squad reader, Steve, likes to cook with celebrity chefs. He says watching a recipe on television is "easier to understand than just reading in a cookbook." And, if you ask me, he probably likes the friendly company of Emeril, Rachael Ray and Paula Deen. But, recording cooking shows on VHS is a pain. To find his favorite pizza recipe, Steve would have to search through the tape. He asks TV Squad: Are there any DVDs/CDROMs of celebrity cooking shows?

Yes and no, Steve. There are, but I found surprisingly few.

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