Wednesday, August 5

Are You a Food TV Junkie?

If you're a Top Chef and/or Food Network junkie and missed this article in last Sunday's NY Times Magazine, you might want to check it out.

This is not news to anyone who's known me for more than five minutes, but I'm a huge Michael Pollan fan. I remember being at an event several years back when he wasn't well known (yet) and in a room filled with glitterati, he was the one I was most eager to meet. I had to laugh yesterday when someone complained on set that this brilliant intellectual 'Just can't shut up!' [If I told you who said it, you'd laugh hysterically at the irony...but then I'd have to kill you (please note: this just an expression of speech.)] I, for one, am happy MP keeps on writing, talking and getting people to listen. I say Bravo! -- yes, as in Top Chef.

The Erwin Olaf photos that accompany the article are phenomenal (these are just a few of them). How fun would it have been to style that shoot?!?

There are a whole slew of priceless quotes in the article and Mario Battali's made me laugh out loud: “Look, it’s TV! Everyone has to fall into a niche. I’m the Italian guy. Emeril’s the exuberant New Orleans guy with the big eyebrows who yells a lot. Bobby’s the grilling guy. Rachael Ray is the cheerleader-type girl who makes things at home the way a regular person would. Giada’s the beautiful girl with the nice rack who does simple Italian food. As silly as the whole Food Network is, it gives us all a soapbox to talk about the things we care about.”

...and then there are blogs for the rest of us!


  1. Once again I am inspired through the treasures you find in the world of food. This time for the haunted forest that we are planning this fall. It will be so cool to feature Erwin Olaf's terrorizing treats in our project.
    -Tracy Moore

  2. WOW - thanks for introducing me to Erwin Olaf! i am truly blown away.

    p.s. i miss you!

  3. I feel as though I'm walking into a Caravagio or Dutch painting. Beautiful!

  4. Yes, Olaf's work is incredible! I have four of his photos and they are really fun to live with.

  5. My friend introduced me to Erwin Olaf's work last year, and I've been a fan ever since. His Grief collection is one of my favorites.

  6. Thanks for posting this! Erwin is my homeboy, a good'ole Amsterdam friend! X

  7. The food shows I have liked are definitely vintage Julia Child (when I was a teen in the late 70s), I just started watching Two Fat Ladies (from Britain), and of course there is Nigella Lawson. I do admit to watching Giada on occassion. I am bugged by many of the shows on the food network, I started to watch this guy named Guy. His food was discusting, a'la fast food chain where a burger is slathered not only with cheese, but a cheese sauce, deep fried breaded onions and BBQ sauce. It was revolting. I like the old way of cooking or country cooking - simple, or complicated, but delicious and memorable.

    I am a San Francisco foodie, like many of my foodie brothers and sisters that live in the bay area. Regardless of our budget, we love to cook, we love to shop for fresh organic ingredients, we love fresh herbs on our window sills, and absolutely love the process and the food. We love to gather and eat together.

    Great post, looking forward to following your blog...Di from San Francicso