One of my absolute favorite ways to relax is reading recipe books. I even choose to read them right before sleep, unless I’m totally knackered to even lift a page. That’s when I resort to watching food-related programmes, either on TV or online.
These are the top 7 food shows that I follow or love to re-watch whenever I need inspiration or guidance:
How to Cook Like Heston | Photo Credit :: imtwelve.com
HOW TO COOK LIKE HESTON: This series is one that I revisit again and again simply because it deals with kitchen techniques that when applied correctly will result in impressive food quality and appearance, and ultimately gastronomic satisfaction. Each episode focuses on 1 popular household ingredient (cheese, beef, chicken, chocolate, egg, potato) and shows what award-winning chef Heston Blumenthal, through months of scientific research, has discovered to be the best way to prepare this ingredient at home.
I particularly loved his tips on flipping steak to medium rare perfection, on cold-smoking cheese using ice and a blowtorch, on creating the clearest chicken consommé by freezing it first. Of course, Heston being Heston sometimes just can’t help himself so he also demonstrates how a paint sprayer can be used to coat cake with chocolate, how triple-cooking your potatoes will yield the best fries or how dry ice is the fastest way to make ice cream. You may not want to follow all his cooking techniques but you might just be inclined to agree that this show is definitely informative, if not entertaining.
Good Eats | Photo Credit :: Food Network
GOOD EATS: If ‘What Einstein Told His Cook‘ author, Robert Wolke, had a thing for film, he’d be called Alton Brown. A cinematographer by profession before entering the world of food, Brown created a highly educational TV series focusing as well on one ingredient, food category or cooking technique per episode. His creative cinematic background comes into play through the cleverly-titled episode themes and the character he plays according to the theme. I remember him best for his goofy antics however that aside, this show is indeed one of the most informative on TV. It helps that his recipes (well, all that I have tried anyway) are also foolproof. A great resource if you’re looking to learn the basics.
ULTIMATE COOKERY COURSE | Photo Credit :: BBC America
ULTIMATE COOKERY COURSE: I particularly disliked watching Gordon Ramsay before, primarily because he was first ‘introduced to me’ as a barking, potty-mouthed bully via the TV show, Hell’s Kitchen. However, I totally changed my perception of Ramsay as a cook when I viewed the first episode of this series. No longer was I in front of this asshole of a persona but instead a really knowledgeable chef who was teaching his viewers proper handling of kitchen tools as well as easy and stunning food to prepare at home. My favorite segments are his 3 fast and simple recipes based on the episode theme and his featured ingredient guides.