- Sep 24, 2008
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I have a love/hate relationship with this network. My favorite show overall is "Barefoot Contessa"; I love Ina Garten's approach to cuisine and presentation. She is the only personality on the network right now who gives props to French cuisine, in considerable doses. "Everyday Italian" with Giada DeLaurentiis is my next favorite show, but I am beginning to realize that Giada has a one-track mind with Italian cooking, in which she uses so much Nutella, mascarpone and prosciutto you would think these were the only essentials in Italian cuisine. Contrasting this is "Lidia's Family Table", which runs on public stations. This show isn't on enough, and luckily I can now watch on WLIW Create (Ch. 133 on NJ Cablevision). On a recent episode, Lidia made a strudel with butternut squash and cranberries and rabbit cacciatore. I doubt one will ever see Giada make dishes like these. Does she even know there is life in Italy to the far northeast? Then there's the infamous "Semi-Homemade With Sandra Lee". I watch this to get a good laugh. "Easy Entertaining" with Michael Chiarello is another one I watch often, but his shows can be hit-or-miss quite frequently. "Paula's Home Cooking" is one that I rarely watch, only because her food doesn't look all that appealing (unless you have a butter fetish). I did like one show she did with breakfast food, but it was spoiled in the end when she was cavorting under the sheets with that thing she calls her husband. Right about now, I'd say you will be better educated with cuisine on the public television cooking shows as opposed to what is on Food Network. With the exception of "Barefoot Contessa".