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Are there any non-competition cooking shows?

Asked by MyNewtBoobs (19026points) September 22nd, 2010

I quite enjoy cooking shows, but I don’t care for the reality contest versions like Top Chef, Iron Chef, Kitchen Wars, etc. Are there any more regular cooking shows on?

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JilltheTooth's avatar

Don’t you get the Food Channel? I could watch it all day!

WestRiverrat's avatar

There are some on RFD-TV. They are mostly aimed at outdoor cooking.

There are also some local shows here.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@JilltheTooth I thought they had changed to all competition, all the time. Am I wrong? Please say I’m wrong??

JilltheTooth's avatar

Maybe in the evening, but during the day they still have all my faves…. which is all of them, from Emeril to Rachael Ray

llewis's avatar

Food Channel has a bunch. Check your local PBS station, too – there are several cooking shows on most of them. (America’s Test Kitchen, Yan Can Cook, some others, too.)

Randy's avatar

Good Eats with Alton Brown.

muppetish's avatar

I am a staunch supporter of Alton Brown’s Good Eats. I have learned most of what I know about cooking from watching his show. Food Network still shows the “classics” as @JilltheTooth noted (I like Paula Dean more than Rachel, though.) Do you enjoy shows about food that don’t necessarily show the process of cooking? Like… No Reservations or Kid in a Candy Store? I love those types of shows.

My brother has foodie shows quite often. Neither of us cook… we just find them entertaining and educational.

lilikoi's avatar

Food Network!

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@muppetish I dunno. Do you have a link to a youtube clip or something so I could check them out?

muppetish's avatar

Certainly: No Reservations: Paris (good focus on culture in this series – and Bourdain is a favourite critic of mine) and Kid in a Candy Store (satisfies my sweet tooth.) Unwrapped is delightful if you can stomach Marc Summers’ corny jokes :)

DPWilsonHenry's avatar

Cooking Channel is essentially what Food Network used to be. My personal favorites are Chuck’s Day Off and Food Jammers. Both of which originated on Food Network Canada, I’m glad someone brought them down to the US.

BarnacleBill's avatar

Paula Deen and Rachel Ray are always on in the break room at work during the day. Here’s a link to the channel’s website. They have the recent episodes on there. I use the recipe section of the website all the time. Rachel Ray has really great recipes.

Aesthetic_Mess's avatar

FoodNetwork has more cooking shows man. They aren’t all competitions.
Here you go. It gives times for all the various shows.
And the Travel Channel also has shows about food.

Kardamom's avatar

Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” is really good. He goes to restaurants all over the country and they show the chefs making their dishes. Rachel Ray’s “30 Minute Meals” is great for people who like to cook, but don’t have lots of time, and don’t want overly complicated recipes. Giada de Laurentis’s “Everyday Italian” is good too, but slightly more involved than Rachel’s dishes. I also like Downhome with the Neely’s. They make ridiculously delicious looking food, some of which is relatively easy and some of which is out of my league. You can almost smell the TV, though! Bon Apetite!

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