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Comment by Idaho Spud on March 6, 2014 at 9:20am

Joan, thank you for your take on America's Test Kitchen.

Comment by Pat on March 6, 2014 at 5:43am

I recall watching Justin Wilson, the host of the PBS show 'Louisiana Cookin'. When he spoke, his accent always pleasantly reminded me of my Canadian French grandfather, Euclid. "I Garontee." 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 5, 2014 at 11:51pm

Carl, I agree, Jeff Smith was a great cook and instructor. His program did go off air overnight, and I don't know if anyone brought charges against him or not, nor do I know what he is doing now. 

My fear is people took advantage of homophobia and used it to defame him. If, however, he did abuse boys, then I would like to have the evidence proved in court. It is suspicious that no one went to court. 

Jeff Smith, 1939 - 2004: "Frugal Gourmet" was popular on PBS

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 5, 2014 at 11:15pm

Spud, my favorite cooking program was America's Test Kitchen because it did the science of cooking. Whenever I have a question, I use their books for references. I would guess a library has their book, or many of their basic instructions are on video:

They have excellent equipment reviews and have found them to be trustworthy. There also are TV shows.  

I hated Martha Stewart's program, she was too obsessive compulsive. Her cookbooks are outstanding. I have never had a failure using her guidance. 

Ina Garten, "Barefoot Contessa" uses great techniques and her recipes have easy instructions as well as great flavor combinations. My family love her Mac and Cheese, and her roasted chicken. 

I haven't had a TV for a lot of years so know nothing about those. 

Comment by Patricia on March 5, 2014 at 8:36pm

I'm with you Felaine!

Stephen Yan is not related to Martin. I used to watch Stephen because his sense of humor was hilarious with his Cantonese accent. I picked up lots of hints from the show, but laughing was an strong ingredient. He is on YouTube.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 5, 2014 at 8:24pm

I lust after Guy Fieri's red car!  (I get a kick out of him, too!)

I also enjoyed "The Galloping Gourmet" before he got religion.  After that he just gagged me.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 5, 2014 at 8:18pm

I liked Martin Yan for ONE thing he did on "Yan Can Cook."  He held up a glass jar full of a white substance and said, Do you know what a good Chinese cook does with MSG?"  And without another word, he dumped the contents of the jar on the floor.  YESSSS!

I don't remember Stephen Yan...cousins?  Brothers?  Or is the name Yan similar to Smith or Brown in English-speaking countries?

I loved Jeff Smith, too.  So much so that I drove all the way over to Beverly Hills, and stood in line for several hours to buy 3 copies of one of his books, and have them all signed.  His assistant, Craig, was with him, and they were both gracious and charming...they both signed each book, and talked to me for a while ...about my reluctance to try making my own noodles for Mrs. Smith's (his mother's) chicken and noodles recipe.

My favorite Jeff Smith recipe is Cranberry Ice,  in The Frugal Gourmet Cooks American. (Cranberries are another New World food!)  I wish I had a Donvier ice cream maker, but right now I can barely afford to buy any food at all. (I'm getting tired of daily cheese sandwiches, even though I do try to vary the ingredients, and cooking methods.) I have several bags of cranberries stashed in the freezer for whenever I want to make cranberry jam.  I think I need to make a cranberry cheesecake...  Comfort Food!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 5, 2014 at 8:00pm

Guy Fieri was mentioned below.  Although I don't have a cable, I've seen his shows countless times in hotel rooms.  I do enjoy his program.  It is very unpretentious (how could you not be in a diner, drive-in or dive?) and he has introduced me to many regional favorite dishes and their various incarnations that exist around the country. 

But what I really like about watching the show is the extreme passion for cooking that these restaurant owners and chefs exhibit, even regarding the simplest of recipes.  These people love food! 

Another reason I like the show is that I believe Guy Fieri goes out of his way to find cooks and chefs that make everything from scratch, avoiding any type prepackaged, bulk restaurant ingredients.  The people shown on Guy's show personally and completely prepare and own up to every ingredient that goes into their dishes.       

Comment by Patricia on March 5, 2014 at 7:29pm

This guy was my favorite way back when.....

Stephen Yan (born in Hong Kong) was the host of the successful Canadian television cooking show Wok with Yan. The Vancouver-based chef moved to Canada in the 1960s and owned two Chinese restaurants in Vancouver. His hit show was originally produced at CBOT in Ottawa from 1980 to 1995 and was syndicated in the United States and Asia. For over 15 years Stephen produced over 500 episodes of Wok with Yan. Stephen also has produced travel and variety shows called Wok's Up? for CBC, Yan's Wokking for BCTV, and several half-hour travel specials on Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, Walt Disney World, Malaysia, Singapore, and Fiji. On May 14,1986, Yan also released a 60-minute show on video cassette titled, "Wok On The Wild Side, Wok With Yan Volume 2", where he showed how to prepare and cook the following menu: prawns in a nest, egg rolls, sweet and sour fish, gold coin beef, hot and sour soup, ginger lobster, and chicken with pineapple. Yan's charismatic personality on his television show can be attributed to his spontaneous humour that included one-liners spoken with his trademark Cantonese accent or him playing with his food or cookware. He has appeared on Late Night with David Letterman,  ( Wikipedia article )

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 5, 2014 at 7:01pm

This is a blast from the past, but I was a big fan of watching Jeff Smith, The Frugal Gourmet, who was on PBS in the 1980's and 90's.  He was a big influence on me as a kid as far as paring foods together, not only for themes, but as complimentary components of a meal.  He had fun and enjoyed the process of cooking.  He also highly stressed the human communal aspect of gathering for a meal and sharing good food together with others.  That's a concept that still greatly influences me to this day.  I was given a copy of his first cookbook as a gift from my parents back in 1984 that I still use to this day. 

Of course his career abruptly ended after several men accused him of sexually abusing them when they were teenagers.  Jeff Smith was also an ordained Methodist minister.  I'm not sure if that latter information is relative to those accusations or just a cheap shot. 


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