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    Type of food show I'd like to see...

    Sat Jul 06, 2013 1:15 am Groupie
    This may not be the place for this, and if so, please feel free to slap my hand and move it the appropriate place icon_biggrin.gif

    The Paula Deen fallout has high-lighted, at least for me, what I like and don't like about Food TV. Some I like, some I don't.

    I like shows that give me information I've not had in the past. Competition doesn't appeal to me as I don't compete. It's also more about the competition than the food.

    It dawned on me....there are 30 minute meals, cooking under $10 (is that still on?) about a show on how to organize and utilize an apartment size kitchen? Space is a premium...what appliances (outside of the obvious) really come in handy? What items double/triple, etc their usefulness? What tips to stock my shelves? Is there a better way than I do? (I'll answer that, yes, there has to be a better way as I just suck).

    What is the best place for dishes, cans, pans, etc, etc, etc in relation to the fridge, stove and sink? Oh, and an FYI for ANYONE building a home...STOP with the laundry in the pantry. That sucks way more than my cabinet stocking.

    What are your ideas?
    Sat Jul 06, 2013 3:11 pm
    Forum Host
    You're so right. Many, many people could do with a show like that.

    There's a TV program on here, with an English-speaking woman cooking in a tiiiiny Parisian apartment kitchen. I forget the name of the program, as I don't always catch it. And she cooked lovely stuff, last time I watched.

    I'm sure it takes some planning, and also (for example) using a whisk instead of a processor -- that kind of thing -- doing away with everything which takes up space. (Our grannies never had these modern machines, and they managed!) A few wooden spoons, a couple of pots and a pan, a gas hob ...
    Sun Jul 07, 2013 1:12 am Groupie
    I recognize that it would not be an easy show to put together, nor would I expect it to run more than a season or two. BUT, with all the tips and hints and suggestions, I think we could all learn something, especially me icon_biggrin.gif I just cannot find that 'sweet' spot, or anything close to it.

    That, and I really think Guy needs a break icon_eek.gif He must be tired at this point.
    Sun Jul 07, 2013 1:20 am Groupie
    OK, I've done the heavy lifting for Food TV and come up with a name - the rest is on them...

    The Efficient Kitchen
    Tue Jul 16, 2013 5:42 am
    Forum Host
    Love the idea ala-kat and Zurie the show is Little Parisian Kitchen and is hosted by Rachel Khoo - she basically runs a tiny restaurant from her apartment, I've seen a few of them and they are quite enjoyable.


    Sat Aug 24, 2013 6:26 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    We bought a little 1000 square foot starter home 25 years ago in a nice little neighborhood - and now it's our "finisher" home. A show like that would be fantastic. My husband built a pantry in a hall closet and all my appliances are on shelves over the washer and dryer. I am willing to bet that most of us don't cook in a kitchen that would be featured on the front cover of a food magazine. Hope someone is reading this who can make this show happen!
    Sat Aug 24, 2013 9:02 pm
    Forum Host
    My kitchen is nearly 25 years old and long overdue for a facelift and certainly wouldn't feature in any magazine except as maybe as the before kitchen in a makeover. My GF just recently had her kitchen totally re-done and it certainly is a show stopper.

    Thu Sep 05, 2013 7:08 am
    Forum Host
    This interesting topic really needs more contributors!

    In 2006 we enlarged our house (which was built as a holiday seaside house originally, and a bit small). I only had a "kitchenette", from where I often cooked for up to 15 or 16 people, most hungry students, at a time. (Son had car-loads of friends ... icon_eek.gif)

    So my first priority when we renovated was to enlarge the kitchen -- but there was very little extra space. And this is what I would like to say -- and SEE on TV food shows -- DH decided that we should call in kitchen designers.

    That cost much more than if we had left the kitchen to the architect-builder we had -- but boy, was it worth it!! Today's kitchen design people know exactly what they're doing.

    So to see on Food TV also before-and-after shows of kitchens, with explanations for the (new) layout and designs will be great, as Ala-kat mentioned in post #1.

    She mentioned pots and pans -- I have 2 deep drawers right below the 6-hob stove where my pots and pans have enough space. That alone is brilliant.

    They somehow found space for a double wall oven -- bliss still, even after 7 years.

    As three-quarters of the kitchen (but not the sinks and draining board) is visible towards the open-plan living area, neat pale-wood cupboards were put in from floor to ceiling. A long granite counter with bar stools separate the dining and walk-through area from the kitchen. I have heaps of power points and counter space. (Lots of power points are really important).

    SO: this is not to "show off", but to explain that actually having programs showing how a kitchen can be improved by designer thinking (or imitated by DIY guys and girls!) will be SO helpful and interesting.
    Thu Sep 05, 2013 7:14 am
    Forum Host
    I should add -- I forgot to -- that miracles of cooking can be accomplished in tiny kitchens, as the "Little Paris Kitchen" show demonstrates, but helpful information on doing so will be welcome in Food TV!!

    (Does anyone remember in that film "Julie and Julia", how Julie battled with an ancient stove in a terrible little kitchen, yet cooked her way through Julia Child's book? icon_lol.gif )
    Thu Sep 05, 2013 6:24 pm Groupie
    Zurie wrote:

    (Does anyone remember in that film "Julie and Julia", how Julie battled with an ancient stove in a terrible little kitchen, yet cooked her way through Julia Child's book? icon_lol.gif )

    I do!! That was one teeny, tiny kitchen, and the magic that came from it lets me know it is possible!!
    Fri Sep 20, 2013 2:39 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    It would not be appropriate but let me say that many cooking shows let us know recipes which do not make sense indeed..I mean when you try this then you can not find as it has been told or presented in that show !
    So always get recipes and suggestions from a Chef which could be physically approached.

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    Fri Oct 04, 2013 1:34 pm Groupie
    I suspect there are already shows like this, but since the topic is not food, they would be more likely to air on HGTV or the DIY channel.
    Fri Oct 04, 2013 9:02 pm
    Forum Host
    Nice to see you, Choccie! I was afraid you'd left us. icon_smile.gif
    Mon Oct 07, 2013 1:45 pm Groupie
    Molly53 wrote:
    Nice to see you, Choccie! I was afraid you'd left us. icon_smile.gif

    You can't get rid of me that easily! rotfl.gif

    I've had some health problems, but I'm feeling a bit better now.
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