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How one man destroyed the Food
Network: Guy Fieri has made
culinary TV into a viewer’s hell

Salon, by Farsh Askari

Original Article

Posted By:MissMolly, 8/9/2014 10:32:49 AM

For me, watching the Food Network was always an easy escape from the stresses of daily life. There was just something calming about watching chefs in action, and this network had perfected Zen cooking. They’d often use a natural-light filter that made food appear delectable, as if the chefs were blissfully cooking their culinary delights in the sunlit designer kitchen of a tastefully decorated, impeccable home somewhere in the Hamptons. (Well, with Ina Garten, that actually is the case.) I’ve never been anywhere near a sunlit designer kitchen in the Hamptons, but I still found it all oddly soothing. I’d

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: susieq1, 8/9/2014 10:37:40 AM     (No. 9959213)

Snob.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Immanuel Goldstein, 8/9/2014 10:40:25 AM     (No. 9959219)

Funny, he didn´t mention Anthony Bourdain

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Reply 3 - Posted by: vinegrower, 8/9/2014 10:43:31 AM     (No. 9959225)

I couldn´t agree more.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: wilarrbie, 8/9/2014 10:44:28 AM     (No. 9959227)

It´s not Guy Fieri - he´s contagiously fun to watch on Diners & Drives. The problem is programming. They have gone soooooo overboard with competition cooking that Food Network has become almost unwatchable in my available time slots.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Susannah, 8/9/2014 10:47:02 AM     (No. 9959231)

Fieri is just repulsive. I so wish the Food Network hadn´t decided that ugly guys (not just Fieri) with hideous tattoos baking inedible cakes was what its demographic wanted. I actually learned something from Pepin, Moulton, et al.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Fosterdad, 8/9/2014 10:50:06 AM     (No. 9959234)

He´s right. Fieri and the rest of Food Network are unwatchable. The only cooking shows I watch any more are on PBS.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Muncssister, 8/9/2014 10:50:57 AM     (No. 9959236)

Yes, it´s a snobby article but I have to agree that it is super annoying that he is on for like, 10 hours a day. He´s the Food Kardashian.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: bldrrepub, 8/9/2014 10:51:30 AM     (No. 9959237)

Fieri is awful.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: horacer, 8/9/2014 10:54:29 AM     (No. 9959245)

Zen like cooking shows don´t attract an audience. Julia Childs was never zen like. The Galloping Gourmet was more entertainer than chef. I agree about Sandra Lee. You really need to drink a pitcher of one of her cocktails to get any of her food down.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: planetgeo, 8/9/2014 10:56:03 AM     (No. 9959248)

There really should be two Food Networks: the Guy Food Network (Man vs Food, Diners & Drives, etc.) and the Wussy Food Network (which I´d watch if it was Julia Child re-runs 24x7).

There´s a really cool invention called the TV remote...

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Reply 11 - Posted by: MMC, 8/9/2014 10:57:02 AM     (No. 9959249)

I have always wanted to own a dive. A place of good food, good friends. I would love to have Guy tell me my cooking was out of bounds, i hit it out of the ball park. What has happened is too many competition shows, not enough new talent to fill 24 hr time slots.



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Reply 12 - Posted by: bella, 8/9/2014 10:57:12 AM     (No. 9959250)

Fieri is wonderful. He is fun and watching him interact with others is most enjoyable.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Hazymac, 8/9/2014 10:58:08 AM     (No. 9959252)

Just FYI, my sister, a successful caterer for the past quarter century in Nashville, Tennessee, was on Food Channel´s Chopped recently, a show I had never seen before. The contestants were given several ingredients (unappetizing, in my opinion) and twenty minutes to whip them into something edible. Racing is not the way to culinary excellence. (My sister´s skillet got too hot, and her items slightly burned, so she had to do it over. Alas, not enough time! We´re still very proud of her for even having gotten on the show.)

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 8/9/2014 11:00:51 AM     (No. 9959258)

Inaccurate drivel from a pretentious twit.

I am no fan of Fieri´s brash style, but he does not go to greasy spoons that serve processed food. He features independent middle market places where the owner is also the chef and lavish detail is often paid to the quality of ingredient. If the feature menu item is a sandwich with 3/4 of a pound of pastrami on it, then the diner cured and smoked it in-house and if they didn´t bake the rye bread themselves, it is from a local bakery. The stocks used are homemade and there are plenty of veggies dishes highlighted. I ragged the ideas of beet sliders and avocado corn gazpacho from DDD.

As for portion size, has the author never heard of asking for a doggie bag? Places that serve mega portions don´t expect customers to clean their plates.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Namma, 8/9/2014 11:02:13 AM     (No. 9959261)

I like Guy Fieri and his show. But one must keep in mind that no one eats at these places he goes to, everyday. I also have noticed that most of these diner cooks have old family recipes that they use.
I have picked up a few recipes from the show that I use and enjoy.

but my most favorite was Alton Brown. He taught things about foods and ways to cook that one can do in their own kitchen.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: revdeppisch316, 8/9/2014 11:03:33 AM     (No. 9959264)

First of all it´s SALON! Big deal-- snobby dudes should watch PBS or NPT whatever it is now.

As for Guy-- Thank God they have some entertainment like him-- because face it, food for most of America is ENTERTAINMENT!

So to the author-- open a bottle of wine and stop whining.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: pearlyjo, 8/9/2014 11:05:24 AM     (No. 9959266)

His nod to Michelle Obama´s hypocritical food crusade sent my crap meter going. It´s a bit of a stretch to say that this one man has destroyed the entire network.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: DustDevil31, 8/9/2014 11:08:33 AM     (No. 9959270)

It is all Food Porn.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: grace1798, 8/9/2014 11:09:21 AM     (No. 9959272)

Hey, I kind of agree and disagree at the same time. Meaning...I like the guy....I NEVER eat the junk he eats......if I did, I´d be in the hospital and I am NOT exaggerating. I am NOT heavy, and not a diabetic either. I eat and have always eaten healthy since I was 18 because I had low-blood sugar and as a result, studied nutrition and have been into that all my life. And watching Guy´s programs won´t turn me away from my good eating habits because frankly, I like feeling good and healthy and with those menus on his program, I wouldn´t stay healthy for long. But whether we like it or not, not everyone will stop eating bad foods even if you tell them it´s bad for them. AND not everyone cares whether they are healthy or not ..no matter how much you stress that fact. I´ve seen it and as a matter of fact, when I´ve told them, they will either resent you, or attack you for daring to tell them their lifestyle is unhealthy. I´d even be so bold as to say the majority of people in the world do not eat healthy foods. However, I love Ina Garden......she´s my favorite food network star. I make a lot of her meat recipes and once I made a pound cake for our grown daughter and her hubby (they like it)....I won´t touch it...but they get to choose how they eat too ya know. It´s a a choice.......and I believe if someone wants to eat bad food.....it IS their CHOICE...and

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Reply 20 - Posted by: grace1798, 8/9/2014 11:09:30 AM     (No. 9959273)

I won´t tell them they can´t eat it either. And it´s MY CHOICE to eat healthy. POINT IS........that´s what Freedom is about.....we all get to choose without being FORCED by the control freaks in this world to be told what we can eat and do and what we cannot.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Keekng, 8/9/2014 11:11:35 AM     (No. 9959283)

Anyone else think Farsh Askari is a snobbish, snarky, elitist wannabe?


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Reply 22 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 8/9/2014 11:19:39 AM     (No. 9959306)

This is an opinion piece. The writer´s opinion.

One of the toughest things to get used to is that others have opinions that may be different from ours. That by itself does not necessariy make them stupid (though they may be) or any other negative you can toss at them. They are just different. They don´t agree with us. We don´t agree with them. That´s that.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Freeloader, 8/9/2014 11:24:00 AM     (No. 9959314)

More culinary nonsense from the "nattering nabobs of negativism" at Salon...Guy Fieri and that sporty red 1967 Chevy Camaro Convertible rock!...And anyone who doesn´t crave an occasional "Mad Attack Burger," with an extra large order of fries and a side of rings, is simply---un-American! You hear me, Moochelle?

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Reply 24 - Posted by: tisHimself, 8/9/2014 11:36:03 AM     (No. 9959339)

In case anyone has forgotten, they lost the library of Paula Dean´s shows to run, and so for the foreseeable future, they gotta fill time with the personalities they got. They seem to have taken that programming in every conceivable direction, so the new additions-- third rate comedians cynically mocking grandma´s meatloaf, making tiramisu from valveeta and captain crunch and lasagna with frozen custard and bratwurst.... they aren´t makin it. Alton Brown reruns and a good book. But they still get advertising.

The author is a snob. People like watching Sandra lee putting Vodka in tang and the advertisers are content. Probably a good place to buy ads for low info voters.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: lil dotty, 8/9/2014 11:36:31 AM     (No. 9959340)

The Food Network and now the Cooking Network. Like donkeys and rinos, same difference. Food network lost a viewer when just about every show featured a ´contest´ Thought the Game Show Network would be the one to do that. The Food Network has been overcooked.

Guy, no one can conider attractive, but someone cared enough to mate with him and produce children...2 IIRC. Some of his recipes have been tried (Chicken Piccata)and found to be quite good. Dinners Dive Ins and dives was about food and remembering childhood years with on the road vacations. Memories...

The Real King of the Kitchen will forever be Alton Brown. That man could cook, teaching the viewer the entire 30 minutes. He is smart, funny, and seldom seen anymore, other than Good Eats repeats.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Keekng, 8/9/2014 11:41:48 AM     (No. 9959347)

Guy Fieri is way too manly for Farsh Askari´s taste.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: SouthSanAntonio, 8/9/2014 11:47:13 AM     (No. 9959358)

#4 beat me to it. I like all the cooking shows, and shows like Guy Fieri does (where he tours restaurants and shows us how they make some of their best dishes).

But all the cooking competition shows bore the snot out of me. I used to escape from the monotony and "shock value" of prime time TV by watching the cooking shows on the Food Network, but now all they show during prime time are competition shows. Boooorrrrriiiinnnngggg!!!!!!!!!!

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Reply 28 - Posted by: biggun, 8/9/2014 11:50:43 AM     (No. 9959364)

Well said, #21 & #27. I completely agree.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: jofel, 8/9/2014 11:59:25 AM     (No. 9959386)

#5 I loved watching Sara Moulton, learned so much from her. I also loved Lucinda Scala Quinn, so down to earth.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: grace1798, 8/9/2014 12:02:09 PM     (No. 9959390)

I like watching GUY, he´s funny and amusing. He gets along with a large majority of people.......too bad more people aren´t as nice and considerate with others as he is.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: ChipThome, 8/9/2014 12:06:37 PM     (No. 9959399)

Anything to tweak the crap outta the Food Nazis I´m all in favor of.

Carry On Guy !!!!!

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Daisymay, 8/9/2014 12:10:50 PM     (No. 9959409)

I don´t watch Guy, so I solved that problem. I love Ree Drummond and occasionally I will watch Ina or Giada. The rest of their programming I don´t care for. I miss Paula. I like recipes that I can actually make and serve to family friends and a lot of what you see on Food Net is just too much work for me! I´m a semi-retired cook these days, I go for easy, yet good!

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Reply 33 - Posted by: thewarden, 8/9/2014 12:15:06 PM     (No. 9959414)

He´s just become over exposed, just like Emeril was. I like both of them a lot, but when you turn on FN, Guy is all you see. I like the Pioneer Woman and Trisha Yearwood. I am currently watching their Next Food Network Star and none of the contestants are interesting except for the cowboy chef and he´s a big maybe. I think FN´s major issue is their management--they need to go. Fresh blood upstairs might shake things up a bit.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: KarenJ1, 8/9/2014 12:32:56 PM     (No. 9959439)

#13 I know exactly who you are talking about! I liked her the minute I saw her and wanted her to win. I loved her and her sweet demeanor and was sorry she lost in the first round. I do like Chopped occasionally, especially watching those really talented teens. It´s a nice escape from the horrendous news every day. The transvestite they had on the other night just about did me in. They are proud leftists.

A little bit of Fieri goes a long way. I don´t know why Foodnetwork runs hours and hours of DDD at a time. I would much rather watch Ina, Melissa D´arabian or Pioneer Woman. Don´t even get me started on that wretched Foodnetwork Star show. I wouldn´t watch one of those morons, no matter which one wins. The only half way decent ones were kicked off early on. The same would apply to Cutthroat Kitchen. Alton Brown used to give you excellent information. Now he´s turned into a clown like the insufferable, egotistical Giada with the oh so fake smile.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: tomanderson61, 8/9/2014 12:37:44 PM     (No. 9959446)

#23, I disagree with you. The author is a jerk with personal attacks on Fieri.

I don´t watch much TV, but I have tuned into the "Diners" show. It always makes me hungry. Opposed to what this simp of a male states, there is nothing wrong with a fancy hot dog or an amazingly rich stew for lunch, just watch it on your breakfast and dinner and AMAZINGLY you are fine.

This year I lost 30 pounds, and kept it off. And I will continue to. Once or twice a week, I have a nice, big, delicious, "unhealthy" meal out. The rest of the time I am conservative with my eating. Guess what, I feel great and enjoy every meal.

Askari writes from jealousy. Fieri is a fun, lively, regular guy. We have a truly gourmet, fantastic restaurant right down the street and the chef looks just like him without the tattoos, etc. And the food is delicious. He has the same personality...fun and full of energy.

Imagine a food show hosted by a pompous, arrogant, self-righteous boob like Askari. It wouldn´t last a week.

People LOVE rich, good tasting food. They like seeing it prepared, seeing it enjoyed, and possibly going out and seeking the place they saw. Don´t like it? Go to your own kitchen and make your lousy veggie burger and be quiet.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: starboard, 8/9/2014 12:38:06 PM     (No. 9959448)

I Consider myself a Food Network junkie. If you´re looking for an alternative try to Cooking Channel.

Agree with #35. Guy is great but over exposed / over done.

My faves are Chopped and Iron Chef.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: JoniTx, 8/9/2014 12:38:06 PM     (No. 9959449)

Food Network has changed dramatically from the original concept. Occasionally watch; some shows are fun, some hectic. Now watch more cooking on Create TV (PBS). Many of the ´old´ cookings shows - entertaining and interesting.

http://www.createtv.com/

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Reply 38 - Posted by: john56, 8/9/2014 12:47:07 PM     (No. 9959461)

Trouble is, none of them can hold a candle to reruns (many 10+ years old) of Alton Brown´s Good Eats show.

They´d be wise to talk ol´ Alton into making some new episodes.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 8/9/2014 12:56:50 PM     (No. 9959471)

Amen to that. Guy is obnoxious and full of himself. Then again so is the no-talent wunderkind Rachel Ray. So, why does Food Network front such untalented people, unless it´s because they´re raving liberal Democrats that give their massive earnings to Democrat campaigns?

Simple solution, cut the Cable, like I did.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Hazymac, 8/9/2014 1:00:50 PM     (No. 9959478)

My thanks to my friend at #36 for the kind remarks about my Southern belle sister. She handled her misfortune on the show with grace and class, as befits her upbringing. Her parents, siblings, husband, and sons are so lucky to have her in the family. It´s nice to share DNA with her.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: geneinnyc, 8/9/2014 1:00:53 PM     (No. 9959479)

Wish they would sew Fieri´s mouth shut with chicken-trussing string.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: Daylily, 8/9/2014 1:03:12 PM     (No. 9959482)

Food Network has become an entertainment channel rather than a cooking channel - just my opinion of course. And Guy - whew - I draw the line at watching someone stuff their mouth with food and then start talking. It´s hard to find a true cooking show such as my most favorite of decades ago, Julia Child, but Lydia, Alton, Lucinda and Ina come very close.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: flowerladytoo, 8/9/2014 1:04:31 PM     (No. 9959485)

We love Guy´s shows. Food Network has ruined themselves, too political correct, and snooty hosts and recipes that everyday people won´t use. If Guy had his own channel, we would watch it. He´s funny, down to earth and enjoys eating good food. We´ve visited several of his Diners Drive-ins and Dives restaurants in and around MN and WI....and without fail all were delicious. FN could have learned a few things from GF...he´s good at this.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: marthaville, 8/9/2014 1:12:19 PM     (No. 9959499)

What an article. And I thought Salon.com only carried articles on three subjects: hating Republicans, hating conservatives, and especially, passionately hating Christians with such fervor that you know the articles come from the pit of Hell.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: zoidberg, 8/9/2014 1:25:24 PM     (No. 9959512)

If you want to watch a real cooking competition show, check out Knife Fight on Esquire.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: AltaD, 8/9/2014 1:31:26 PM     (No. 9959519)

Guy is "extremely unhealthy looking" but the author has no comment to make about Ina Garten or Mario Batali´s size? Not that guy is thin but he appears thinner than those two.

As his shows, I only watch DD&D because I like to see family restaraunts get national exposure. I don´t watch any stations cooking contests, too boring.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: tomanderson61, 8/9/2014 1:32:38 PM     (No. 9959521)

#46, you know what angers the Salon jerks the most?

Fieri has a fun time, eats great food, and gets paid very handsomely.

Salon pays what, 5 cents a word?!

Askari looks to be about 25, goes to Harvard, has likely been sent their by rich Iranian parents. In other words, has never worked. And he sees the payoff of his writing "skills", and he sees Fieri make a mint.

Jealousy and envy in spades.

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Reply 48 - Posted by: Urgent Fury, 8/9/2014 1:32:45 PM     (No. 9959522)

I like Fieri, so any Salon tool that doesn´t affirms this. That said, being on DDD doesn´t always mean it´s a great place with great food.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: enuf8, 8/9/2014 1:56:21 PM     (No. 9959546)

I only watch Food Network when obama is on all stations.

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Reply 50 - Posted by: nonsense, 8/9/2014 2:03:59 PM     (No. 9959552)

The "credits" at the end of the article mention that the author suffers from severe OCD. Liberalism is a Mental Disorder with an amazing number of secondary syndromes. Most of them are employed at Salon.

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Reply 51 - Posted by: larryk, 8/9/2014 2:04:08 PM     (No. 9959553)

Love all of the comments.

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Reply 52 - Posted by: snowcloud, 8/9/2014 2:08:02 PM     (No. 9959558)

The funny thing about Fieri is he´s actually likable on Diners Drive Ins and Dives and makes me want to kick my tv set in with his regular cooking show. The most annoying person since Rachael Ray.

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Reply 53 - Posted by: snowcloud, 8/9/2014 2:12:29 PM     (No. 9959562)

Oh, don´t even get me started on Sandra Lee and Bobby Flay. Does he have to put blazing hot peppers on EVERYTHING???

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Reply 54 - Posted by: shimmer128, 8/9/2014 2:30:30 PM     (No. 9959574)

Being Hazymac´s sister??? I would think that she is thanking God that she shares DNA with YOU!



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Reply 55 - Posted by: shimmer128, 8/9/2014 2:32:51 PM     (No. 9959578)

I like Farsh Askari a whole lot less than I like Guy Fieri

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Reply 56 - Posted by: harleynyc, 8/9/2014 2:47:11 PM     (No. 9959597)

This is a hot topic. Guy is a bore. He as 12 words to his vocabulary.

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Reply 57 - Posted by: dvc, 8/9/2014 2:49:27 PM     (No. 9959601)

Like the History Channel with essentially no history shows anymore - a channel taken over by a lunatic programming director, selecting insane shows because they will cost $100 per episode to shoot.
I don´t mind Guy, in DDD, but would not even consider the other spinoffs. And not very likely to actually eat that type of super-unhealthy food very often, either.

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Reply 58 - Posted by: Penney, 8/9/2014 3:00:46 PM     (No. 9959608)

Pioneer Woman, ´saves the bacon,´ for the Food Channel. Her show, -always a joy to watch, is set in beautiful Oklahoma.

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Reply 59 - Posted by: Boneshaker, 8/9/2014 3:06:22 PM     (No. 9959614)

Ina Garten?

Harder to watch than Spanish Fùtbol or American golf.

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Reply 60 - Posted by: gillyo, 8/9/2014 3:40:10 PM     (No. 9959651)

I know and have worked with professional chefs for years. Most of them are not snobs, and love nothing better than a well prepared sandwich and a glass of good beer. What you see in fine restaurants is chefs creating food to sell to people who want to have the "fine dining" experience. It´s a business and they have to keep creating new things to keep their restaurants filled and to maintain their trendiness so they can make a living.

Fieri can be a bit loud, but he´s going to "Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives" for goodness sake! I can´t imagine him getting excited about a good foamed sea bream, but a good pastrami sandwich? Heck, let him yell.

What I love about his show is that he features small local businesses, not national chains. I know he made a difference when he featured a restaurant near us. The place has been packed ever since.

What I´ve always found interesting is that food writers and "foodies" are much more snobbish about food than the chefs they revere.

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Reply 62 - Posted by: lil dotty, 8/9/2014 5:08:08 PM     (No. 9959719)

Last post, promise. FN has a wide range of promising new chefs. Many a blogger, such as Pioneer Woman, out on the net. Like Paula Deen, Guy, and others have so many different shows on, they have outdone themselves.
Time to give the new kids on the block an opportunity to shine. Homesick Texan is a true Texas gal now living in NYC

Southern Lady Cooks and Southern Plate are represented by a passel of Old South Recipes, as is Big Mama.

Divas have whipped up their blogs into an interesting collection of recipes.

Pioneer Woman has cracked that glass ceiling and the food networks should take a look around
http://www.homesicktexan.com/
http://divascancook.com/
http://www.thatgirlcancook.blogspot.com/
http://www.bigmamashomekitchen.com/
http://www.southernplate.com/
http://southernbite.com/
http://thesouthernladycooks.com/






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Reply 63 - Posted by: Ida lil, 8/9/2014 7:14:30 PM     (No. 9959814)

So what´s the problem? -- why waste time watching food on TV.



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Reply 64 - Posted by: Keekng, 8/9/2014 8:44:43 PM     (No. 9959860)

Askari reminds me of a three dollar bill.

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Reply 65 - Posted by: StuartL, 8/10/2014 2:49:54 AM     (No. 9959996)

#62 -- "... he features small local businesses, not national chains ..."

Fieri came to northern Nevada two or three years ago and raved about the five-cheese grilled sandwich at Mimi´s Café in Reno -- apparently not realizing that Mimi´s is a national chain, with 120-odd outlets in the south and southwest, from Maryland to California.

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Reply 66 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 8/11/2014 9:08:48 AM     (No. 9961282)

I fully agree. I love cooking shows. But, man! That disgusting "Hell´s Kitchen" and diotic competitions between aspiring "chefs", and the slop that Fieri shoves into his gob just makes food look like garbage.

I go to Cook´s Country, and the other food shows on Create TV. Peace. I get a huge kick out of Prima Grill. Lydia´s italian is a bit of a stretch for me, but she´s nice. And Pepin---I can´t get enough of his gentile, simple but oh, so delicious cooking. And, of course, I still watch every re-run of Julia. She was just wonderful.

So, Guy can shove all the deep fried watermelon and beer battered fish meatballs into his mouth he wants. I don´t watch it.

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A group of 20 attorneys from across the country with experience handling sexual assault cases sent a letter on Thursday to the co-sponsors of the Senate’s campus sexual assault bill. The attorneys, who have all represented students accused of sexual assault who are now suing their universities for lack of due process, wrote that while sexual assault needs to be addressed, rights of the accused need to be preserved. “We are concerned that the complexity of the problem and the momentum to find a solution to the manner in which colleges handle these matters will overwhelm any effort to ensure fair treatment

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Posted By: MissMolly- 10/4/2014 5:31:32 AM     Post Reply
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ATLANTA — Texas, America’s second-most populous state behind California, saw 13 of its last abortion clinics turn away women on Friday, after a federal appeals court upheld a law that practically guarantees that only a handful of clinics will remain open in the state. The strictest-of-its-kind Texas law requires abortion providers to build hospital-grade facilities and obtain sometimes impossible-to-get hospital admitting privileges. After signed into law last year by Gov. Rick Perry (R), the law forced most of the 41 clinics operating to close. Thursday’s ruling wiped out a brief victory this summer for abortion rights proponents,


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