Not so much *current* Food Network, but older stuff ... I still like going back to Alton Brown & Good Eats. More to-the-point than the Cooks Illustrated folks and their shows (on PBS or wherever) and more interesting in the 'why' not just the 'how.' I trust that his recipes will 'work.' And when Alton lost all that weight a few years ago he also became more interested in 'healthy' recipes. I always use his notion of 'refrigerator pie' for making quiche to get rid of leftovers in the fridge.
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Ree is my absolute favorite. I also Like Ina, Tyler & Giada.
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SLBEAGLES, I forgot about her, I like her too. I pretty much want her life too :) I already have a basset hound and a cowboy with a big truck, I just need that big ranch and house! haha
I love the Pioneer Woman. I have her new cookbook and its beautiful. Recipes are not like we need to eat but easily adapted to our lifestyle.
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2,171 11/30/12 1:02 P
Ina Garten and Tyler Florence. Unfortunately neither of them is a "healthy" cook, but I still like to make their food from time to time, I have many of their cookbooks. Their shows are easy to watch, nice and calm and focus on the food for the most part rather than schtick. I've also been enjoying Bobby Deen's Not My Mama's Meals on Cooking Channel, except for the parts when they show Paula Deen (she's irritating). His dishes are interesting and up my alley... lightened up versions of heavy foods. I haven't made anything from it though. Oh, and I like the Easy Chinese show on Cooking Channel. It's very informative as I've been interested in making more asian food, and I like the host (can't remember her name). I like watching the older Giada shows and Nigella Lawson on The Cooking Channel too.
I also enjoy watching My Grandmother's Ravioli on Cooking Channel though, and I also enjoy the cooking shows on PBS. Oh and I like to watch Chopped for fun :) Most of the other Food Network shows (and now more of the Cooking Channel shows like Nadia G and Baron Ambrosia) are too "loud" and schticky for me. Just focus on the food, not the host's annoying personality please.
My two favorites are from FN's sister network, Cooking Channel. I love Laura Calder's "French Food at Home" because she breaks down complicated cooking techiniques in an unpretentious way. I also am obsessed with Nadia G's "Bitchin' Kitchen". She's so unique! She's a Canadian with Italian heritage, trained in the Classic French style. Her dishes are a crazy mix of cultures. Plus her punk style and hilarious sense of humor are so fun to watch.
I love the food network but rarely if ever make anything from their recipes. Paula Deen is fun to watch, but there is no way I could digest her food-- even her healthy options. I have a recipe book from Rachel Ray that my niece bought me one year, but again the things just aren't in my lifestyle anymore. I like Guy and Bobby a lot.
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I realize many of the Food Network celebrity chefs tend to cook recipes that could hardly be called healthy. However, there are many that DO promote healthy cooking, and even of those who do not, you can usually tweak their recipes a bit to make them healthier.
My current faves are Ina Garten and Giada De Laurentiis. I also love the Five Ingredient Fix show because it seems to have some healthy options.
Who are your favourite chefs? And do you have any recipes to share?
The recipe below was taken from the only Paula Deen show that featured healthy cooking. I think it was back in 2005, or so, but I cooked this recipe and LOVED IT (if I recall, I substituted a different kind of fish and omitted the butter):
Can't Miss Red Snapper Recipe courtesy Paula Deen
Prep Time:10 min Cook Time:15 min Level: Easy Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients 4 (8-ounce) red snapper fillets, about 1/2-inch thick 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1 cup chopped onions 1 green bell pepper, chopped 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan
Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Season the fish with the salt and pepper. Spread the onions and pepper in a 13 by 9-inch glass baking dish and place the fish on top. Dot the fish with butter. Sprinkle with a little Worcestershire sauce. Bake for 12 minutes, then baste fish with pan juices. Sprinkle the fish with Parmesan and then place under the broiler for about 2 minutes or until the cheese browns. To serve, spoon the vegetables over the fish.
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