food network flops

I got to watch some Food Network over the Christmas holiday since I don’t have cable. It was a real treat. I watched some of my favorite shows (Good Eats and such), and a re-run of some show about Thanksgiving/holiday meal prep.

But here’s my rant: Rocco recommended this horrific idea (I think it was a gravy of some sort) on Rachel Ray’s show – national television! He obviously had no idea what he was talking about. He just threw it out there and probably ruined the Thanksgiving dinner (ok, maybe damaged it slightly) for everyone foolish enough to think he had actually experimented with using sad pork gravy.

What else to chefs or TV cooks recommend that’s just not true? Rachel Ray keeps telling us not to wash mushrooms because they’ll get soggy, when that’s simply bad advice. Ditto telling us not to salt them because they’ll get tough. Sandra Lee recommends all these wacky ingredients you’ll never use again in a million years while she tells you how much time and money you’ll save not making food from scratch.

cooks/chefs who need to get a clue: Rachel, Sunny Anderson, Sandra Lee, Danny Boome (also gets the award for most annoying television presence) and even Emeril.

cooks/chefs who get it: Ina Garten, The Neelys, Tyler Florence, Bobby Flay, Alex Guarnaschelli, Alton Brown, and Giada DeLaurentis


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