Wednesday, August 27
So get out your virtual Oprah Gratitude Journal and think of five things on Food Network that you're thankful for! I'll go first:
1. Mary Smith on Ace of Cakes
I've already written extensively about my love of Mary Alice and commented on viewers' growing infatuation with the adorably deadpan Geof. But now it's Mary Smith's time to shine! Just look at home cute she is in that coat, delivering the guitar cake she spilled paint all over! When not spilling things, she's a very talented cake decorator with a great, laid back sense of humor
2. Sandra "Aunt Sandy" Lee
So much to complain about, but why bother? She's not going to stop so the least we can do is enjoy it, right? Some people call cooking shows "fluff" or "guilty pleasures," but I disagree. I find Semi-Homemade a true pleasure. Aunt Sandy makes me laugh wayyyyy more than some episode of Two and Half Men, where most of the time you're just wondering why Charlie Sheen is fathering yet another child. You can assert a cooking show isn't supposed to be funny, but I assert a sitcom should be funny... and I'd much rather watch an unintentionally funny cooking show than an apparently intentionally unfunny sitcom.
3. Ina Garten
The Queen. No explanation needed.
4. Dave Lieberman
His reruns are just baaaaarely holding onto that Monday morning timeslot, but he's still there! Still doing gigs for Macy's, Dave will probably resurface with some other project soon.... we hope. In the meantime, you can win a trip to Minneapolis and the chance to cook with him.
5. Rachael's Influence
You don't have to like her (or like the persona she presents on TV), but Rachael Ray has done a lot not for just cooking shows, but the "celebrity chef" culture in general. Anthony Bourdain admits "the celebrity chef phenomena and even Food Network have empowered chefs in a way or given them a prestige that’s been good for all of us."
Her wildly popular cookbooks, magazines, and other products helped ignite an interest in cooking that got people into the kitchen and out of the McDonald's. In turn, many go on to learn about more complex cooking techniques and purchase more books, more magazines, and more products that some never would have touched if it hadn't been for Rachael's initial influence.
So are there five things you're thankful for? Maybe at least happy about? Things that give you a chuckle from time to time?