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New Cooking Channel Launches Today

If you love instructional-based cooking shows, then listen up… there is a new TV channel that is just for you!  It is called “Cooking Channel” and it replaces the old “Fine Living Network” that was offered by Scripts Networks Interactive, the same people who also bring you the Food Network.  The launch of the channel coincides with the Memorial Day holiday in the states.

Expect to see some familiar faces on the new channel, like Nigella Lawson and Laura Calder.  However, since there is a new focus on actual cooking, there are a few newcomers, and some old favorites in the mix as well. 

Here is a list of featured hosts and their shows:

Aida Mollenkamp – will be staring in a new show called Foodcrafters, where Aida travels the country looking for unique homemade foods.

Anjum Anand – in her show Indian Food Made Easy, will feature how to make Indian food that is delicious and also healthy for you.

Bill Granger – has two shows, Bill’s Food and Bill’s Holiday, which features easy to prepare meals to share with your family and friends.

Ching-He Huang – shows viewers how to prepare Chinese food at home in her show Chinese Food Made Easy.

Chuck Hughes – shows you the inner workings of Garde Manger, his Montreal restaurant, in Chuck’s Day Off.

David Rocco – tours Italy in search of simple, fresh, authentic Italian cooking, in David Rocco’s Dolce Vita.

Graham Kerr – has a great vintage show from the 60s called The Galloping Gourmet that gives you Kerr at his most hilarious and playfully mischievous in the kitchen.

Jamie Oliver – hosts Jamie at Home, where he prepares meals using his fresh home grown herbs, vegetables, and fruits.

Julia Child – cheerfully demonstrates classic French cooking techniques in her well-known show of the 60s and 70s, The French Chef, with Julia Child.
Laura Calder – dishes up some simple and tasty French meals in French Food at Home.

Mo Rocca – delves into food culture and food history with wit and style in Foodography.

Nigella Lawson – goddess of the kitchen, has two shows on the network, Nigella Express and Nigella Feasts.

Rachel Allen – bakes up a storm of treats in Rachel Allen: Bake!

Roger Mooking – creates new and unique ways to spice up everyday recipes in Everyday Exotic.

And there are many more shows just waiting for you to discover.

I like the combination of old and new shows.  And there is growing interest amongst foodies in being able to take something away from your food TV watching to try yourself, but, ultimately time will tell if the Cooking Channel does as well as its more established cousin, the Food Network.

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2 Responses to “New Cooking Channel Launches Today”

  1. Linda Meese says:

    I love this channel but am bothered by something that seems to be cropping up more and more. The reason I watch the shows is for instructions in cooking. Period. I’m not interested in watching someone eat at this or that restaurant, or watch a show that features food in some city that I’ll probably never see. I stopped watchinig the Food Network because I got so tired of watching competitions of every sort imaginable, etc. The Cooking Channel started off great but now it’s starting to look more and more like Food Network. And if I see one more Iron Chef episode I’m going to scream so loud they’ll hear me in Japan! I mean, come on! Please just get back to the basics. Bitchin’ Kitchen is absolutely hilarious, and there are many many others that I love. I want to see actual COOKING on the COOKING channel.

    • Lisa says:

      I totally hear you! While there are some folks who watch for purely entertainment value, I prefer to get some kind of “take away” from the shows I watch. Some tidbit or tip I could actually use in my day-to-day life. And yes, Nadia G. from Bitchin’ Kitchen is really good. Did you see the “Deflate Your Mate” episode? Too funny.

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