Saturday, November 21

Foodie Fixation

I have a new guilty pleasure: foodie shows.

Actually, not that new; it started years ago with the original Japanese show Iron Chef. I couldn't resist the comic campiness of Chairman Kaga's dramatics (like when he'd whip back the cloth to reveal the show's theme ingredient... "Kyo no tema wa..." fish innards!)

Now there are so many addicting food shows. Some of my personal favorites-

Competition shows like Top Chef, Chopped, Ultimate Cake Off

Food appreciation shows like Diners, Drive-ins and Dives (This is actually a family obsession. We will actually seek out the diners featured on this show when we are traveling - and have rarely been disappointed.)

Travel foodie shows like No Reservations and Man vs. Food

The MG series I'm working on right now features a bit of the latter - the mom is a foodie on a travel show. I'm not really sure if I became more interested in these shows because of her character or if I created her character because of my interest in these shows...

How about you? Do you watch any food shows? What are your favorites?

6 comments:

Amanda Ashby said...

I went through a phase of watching Hell's Kitchen and Celebrity Masterchef but my favorite shows are where they have to eat disguisting things. Ray Mears and Bruce Parry are the best at that!!!

Btw, I read the funniest cookbook ever the other day called How to Cook Children - it's sort of a witches guide to gruesome receipes!!! I have a feeling the US rights were sold the other day so you'll have to look out for it!!!!

http://shop.abc.net.au/browse/product.asp?ProductID=165861

Alyson Noel said...

I love "No Reservations"--the perfect blend of two of my favorite things- travel & food!

Meredith said...

I love Man v. Food, Challenge, Unwrapped, Diners Drive-Ins and Dives, Iron Chef America, and others that I can't think of off the top of my head.

~Meredith F.

Melissa Walker said...

I love TOP CHEF! I find Anthony B. a little unctuous somtimes. I also like just plain old cooking shows--mainly BAREFOOT CONTESSA. I want Ina's house and kitchen!

Shelli said...

i love iron chef, top chef, and hell's kitchen. I also love the food network challenges.

Sara Hantz said...

I'm totally addicted to Masterchef, both the UK and Australian versions. We're getting the NZ version next year.... I wonder if I'll watch it :)