[Sca-cooks] Emeril & Food Network

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Fri Nov 30 08:56:13 PST 2007

Since I don't have cable, I am addicted to the PBS cooking shows - Ming Tsai, Lidia Bastionich, Rick Bayless and (my personal fav) Andreas Viestad and more!


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From: Susan Fox <selene at earthlink.net>
To: Cooks within the SCA <sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org>
Sent: Wed, 28 Nov 2007 10:21 am
Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] Emeril & Food Network

Jennifer Carlson wrote:
 The different shows are each geared to a specific kind of cookery audience.

 Bobby Flay – “manly man” gourmets with an outdoor gas grill
 Tyler’s Ultimate – people who like to cook comfort food notched up a level or 
 Rachel Ray – busy, modern moms
 Sandra Lee – power women who don’t cook but occasionally have to entertain  
she’s scary)
 Paula Deen – comfort food goddess, everyone has a great aunt like her
 Alton Brown – cooking geeks
 Emeril Lagasse – those seeking the wise man on the mountain
 Iron Chef – contact sport spectators

 You get the idea.  The network tries to provide programs for all kinds of 
ooks, so you get a spectrum of programs.
ell, it could be worse.  The frickin' geniuses at Sci-Fi Network put 
ro Wrestling on there one night a week, just because "audiences like 
restling" even though it's nothing to do with Sci-Fi.  Fantasy, maybe?
Emeril is nowhere near old enough for a "wise man on the mountain" nor 
s his expertise broad enough in scope.  James Beard hadn't done cooking 
hows in decades, even before he took the Truffle Nap.  <grin>  The 
losest thing they had to that was wee cute Sara Moulton, who hosted a 
hone-in show there for years.  Could any of the current crop handle 
uestions in real-time, even as screened as they are?  Very few, I think.
Meh.  We of this list are just not the target audience anymore, we know 
oo much.  Where are the shows for "advanced cooks"?  I miss the 
apanese Iron Chef reruns, I actually LEARNED a lot from that.
My ideal Food Network job:  to be Alton Brown's sidekick on Iron Chef 
merica.  Fukui-San and Doc Hattori's dialogue kept the action moving;  
lton just talks to the audience directly.  A subtle difference in 
resentation but noticeable.  Alton knows all the Science but not all 
he Lore of cookery and he needs some backup.  Seriously.
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