The Amateur Gourmet’s Crazy Food Network Marathon


The Food Network is what got me hooked on food to begin with. Before the Food Network, I can’t even say that I gave food more than a passing thought. My allegiance┬álies with Sarah Moulton whose maternal whimsy made cooking seem an easy worthwhile prospect; I watched her show “Cooking Live” loyally every night at 7 pm until it was yanked from that slot in favor of Atlon Brown (who I like) and Mark Summers Unwrapped (which I hate). Since then, “Molto Mario” (another favorite Food Network show) is conspicuously missing from the 5:30 slot while Emeril Lagasse and Rachel Ray (thunderclap) take over the network. Something’s rotten in the state of Denmark and I’m going to do something about it.

So today (it’s 12:35 am, so we’re talking Tuesday) beginning at 9:30 am when “Paid Programming” goes off the air, I will watch the Food Network non-stop and blog a review of every show I see. How long will I do this? 12 hours is my pledge. I am doing this for you, the consumer, protecting you from the tyranny of bad programming. Plus, my car’s in Florida and I have more packing to do. Will I survive such a formidable task? Or will I implode quicker than “Dweezil & Lisa”? Stay tuned.

4 thoughts on “The Amateur Gourmet’s Crazy Food Network Marathon”

  1. Funny you should mention this… I went on a mini-tirade here…

    … a few weeks ago (and took a couple hits from the Paula Deen fans). I, too, owe most of my foodie-ness to Food TV. It used to be just about the only station I watched. Now, it’s among my least-watched channels. I miss Gale Gand, Sara Moulton (I know she’s still on, but like you, I really miss “Cooking Live), “Melting Pot,” and a lot of other COOKING shows that have vaporized over the years.

    Good luck today. I don’t think I could watch 12 consecutive hours of Food Network without smashing my TV to bits.

  2. Food Network rules. I have also learnt so much with their shows. One thing though, I really miss Frederic Van Copernolle … I cannot stand “How to boil water” with Tyler, it is just not the same anymore. Everyone has an opinion on this subject, just look at the discussion board of this show on It is amazing! Amateur Gourmet, what is your feeling on this subject?

  3. Your marathon reminds me of when I was unemployed, with no one to offer me even a volunteer position. It was Food Netwok Marathon almost everyday for 3 months. It is really depressing when you realize you have watched the same episode 3 times in a week. Anyway, I have a job now, but I come too late from work, I even miss Martha Stewart from 6:30 to 7:00. Life’s unfair, huh?

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