New kids on the block


Move on over Food Network, there’s a new kid in town. On May 31, 2010 the Fine Lining Network will become the Cooking Channel. In a New York Times article published over the weekend, they say that this new channel will also include shows by regular Food Network celebs. Hopefully that won’t include Robert Irvine, Paula Deen and Sandra Lee.

While it’s the same parent company, Scripps, it seems that a lot of viewers of the Food Network aren’t liking the over-abundance of travel and competition shows… I’m one of them. C’mon, show us how to cook. Show us what real ingredients are, how to improvise, and why to cook. Show us what to do with those leftovers in the fridge.

Maybe that’s just me, but I don’t think so. People love Alton Brown. Why? He explains how ingredients work. Once you know that you can apply that skill to any number of things. I wonder if Michael Ruhlman would take on a show? I’d love to see a program based on his Ratios. I’d also love to see more chef tricks, profiles of encouragement for young chefs and shows on local ingredients… wherever local is. Instead of giving us recipes, show us what to do with items we can pick up at a farm market. Maybe Cosentino could even do a show on offal. OK, maybe that’s pushing it, but they are great cuts with lots of flavor and yet no one knows what to do with them. Why waste good food, honor that animal!

I know I’ll be tuning in to see what’s cooking.


~ by JR Prospal on 22 February 2010.

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