How I Taught My Brother To Cook

Improvisational Tuscan-Provençal-Catalan Cookery (and other good stuff to eat)

Cooking Shows Do More Harm Than Good

It is my belief that cooking shows do more to deter people from cooking rather than to encourage them to do so. In an effort to try and sound like they know what they are talking about, they spend too much time on making a specific dish or two rather than promote the simplicity involved in cooking everyday good food. Typically they choose a dish that nobody is really going to make but it is just entertaining to watch something being made. What is needed is a host and a show that says, "here I have a chicken leg. I am going to offer thoughts on what can be done with this leg from the fancy to the basic." They need to force the audience to think like Alfred Hitchcock did. He did not offer up explicit step by step story lines even a moron could follow. He created the premise and let the audience's mind create all sorts of possible scenarios with what he gradually and skillfully rationed out. However, cooking shows are nothing more than mindless, time killing quasi-entertainment. They serve the majorities I suppose (sadly enough) since they keep pumping out these money making ventures. Celebrity chef this! What TV needs is an educated instructor, not a simpleton bimbo or a legend in their own mind.

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Comment by Debbie on November 11, 2008 at 2:30pm
Oh boy! He is on a roll, and I don't mean sesame seed!............I tend to agree with you. The shows are fast paced and more entertainment than a learning experience. A show called, lets say :How I taught My Brother To Cook", may be perfect since you explain what is going on and the outcome is simple not exagerated or complex......................Hmmmmm a new cooking show may be in order.
Comment by John Barrows on November 11, 2008 at 4:45pm
cooking shows, or otherwise, TV is for idiots. Kill your TV!
Comment by Debbie on November 12, 2008 at 4:01pm
Amen to that! However, If I ruled the world in TV it would be a better place as would the world too!


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