The Clean Plate Club, Episode #14: Allen Salkin (Author “From Scratch: Inside The Food Network”)

October 30, 2013 | By | COMMENTS

So as many of you know, I spent a year hosting a web show for the Food Network that brought me face-to-face with some of its biggest stars: Rachael Ray, Bobby Flay, Alton Brown. I haven’t really talked about what I saw behind the scenes but in this week’s podcast, I open up with journalist Allen Salkin who just released a fascinating book called From Scratch: Inside The Food Network. Listen in and learn what Food Network culture’s really like, why their ratings are going down, how they handled the Paula Deen crisis and what they could do to save themselves. You can also listen in iTunes by clicking here.

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  • NancyRing

    This is fascinating! I have watched the Food Network since the very beginning when they would scroll a recipe for half an hour. I loved and learned from Good Eats, Molto Mario, Sarah Molten’s live show, Emeril’s shows, Two Hot Tamales, Michael Chiarello and Michael Lomonaco’s shows. I am definitely a better cook from watching all of them. I watch very little now – it seems I have nothing to learn from the current shows – but am entertained by Diners, drive ins and dives, Chopped, and Trisha Yearwood’s show. Iron Chef and Iron Chef America used to be “appointment” shows for me, but no longer.

    Let me know when you need some investors for your new network :)

    Thank you!

  • Marcella Lee

    I loved this interview!!! Adam, you are so right about the Food Network needing some edge and freshness. I want to know what’s new and exciting in the food world, not how to make another version of a brownie. I want to learn technique and trends. I want to be inspired.