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The Delicious Miss Dahl

Never thought I would like this twee show but I enjoyed her programs. The star of the show is definitely the kitchen. Even without her beautiful face, she's charming, eloquent and has a good sense of self-deprecating humor. After watching the show, I realize that she's exactly what I imagine about Roald Dahl's grandchildren to sound like. A lot of people have problems with that.

Jul 12, 2014
pearlyriver in Food Media & News

Two Fat Ladies - now there is none

My mom should meet you. She's in her min-50s, watching every calorie and sodium gram and trying to convince the family that the inedible crap we have each meal is good for our health. She doesn't have any disease now but she's not healthy, always looking like a wind could blow her away. You said it right, I don't know many people who live to an advanced age and are still physically and mentally sound. Frankly speaking, most just live through frailness and weariness.

What are the most educational cooking shows?

Netflix is only available to America and parts of Europe. The videos on Food Network are not avaiable for people outside America.

May 01, 2014
pearlyriver in Food Media & News

Cooking from DONNA HAY’S COOKBOOKS AND MAGAZINES – Please join us!

Maybe a dumb question, but what can I substitute for sherry vinegar and sour cream? I can't find them here.

Apr 30, 2014
pearlyriver in Home Cooking

Cooking from DONNA HAY’S COOKBOOKS AND MAGAZINES – Please join us!

This dish looks so gorgeously scrumptious. I don't have the cookbook but I guess the paella recipe on her website is the same?

Apr 30, 2014
pearlyriver in Home Cooking

What are the most educational cooking shows?

I also like Poh's Kitchen, especially her relaxed presentation. I'm not sure but the Aussie chefs seem to be more friendly and down-to-earth than the American counterparts.

Apr 30, 2014
pearlyriver in Food Media & News

What are the most educational cooking shows?

I see that many people swear by Ina Garten. I've watched only several videos of her shows on Youtube (foodnetwork videos were blocked here) but I don't feel inspired to make her dishes.

Apr 30, 2014
pearlyriver in Food Media & News

Masterchef NZ has started up

Masterchef Australia was frequently accused of unfair judging on their FB page, That show is miles better than the American version IMO. At least I was convinced that the contestants were on good terms and I can learn sth from the master chef classes. Why does every one on Master Chef USA have to act like a jerk? It's like only jerks attract interest.

Apr 29, 2014
pearlyriver in Food Media & News

What's your most useful cookbook?

Hope I'll reach that stage where I don't have to refer to cookbooks soon :). When do you buy new mags and cookbooks and there're many recipes you want to try later, but after a while you forget in which mags/cookbooks they're in. How would you do?

Apr 29, 2014
pearlyriver in Home Cooking

Under-the-radar Food Magazines?

Is The Art of Eating good? Are the articles preposterous or pretentious? $13 an issue is quite expensive. Surprised to see that they have been around for 25 years.

Apr 29, 2014
pearlyriver in Food Media & News

What's your most useful cookbook?

What's the name of the cookbook which you frequently turn to, with recipes you keep making over and over again? I'm thinking of buying a new cookbook, but I want to make sure that it'll be the one from which. I cook frequently

Apr 29, 2014
pearlyriver in Home Cooking

Under-the-radar Food Magazines?

I've come across a list of Under-the-radar food magazines on Huffington Post.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05...
Have you read any of them? I'm interested in buying an issue but I don't live in the US and can't go to the library to check them out. Which magazine should I buy? What I look for is good-quality culinary pieces and journalism which don't commodify or sugar-coat food.

Edit: Fire & Knives have closed.Based on its editor's interview, the mag seemed to be heading off in the right direction. The online website disappeared without a trace.

Apr 28, 2014
pearlyriver in Food Media & News

Fruit Smoothie = "Bad for You"

So you advise leaving out fruis completely? Now I get why I never bother doing any research on these diet fads. Even the pros disagree on the key things, I don't know what to believe in.

Apr 28, 2014
pearlyriver in General Topics

Best and Worst Food Magazines

I feel the same about Cook's Illustrated. I'm all about improving my Swiss-cheese holed knowledge of cooking, but the Cook's Illustrated style just takes the fun out of cooking. Granted I'm not obsessed about hundreds of cast iron pans either.
I guess it boils down to what we look for in a magazine. I also like Saveur for their beautiful food writing and the inspiration they induce in me. Nowadays we're too spoilt for choices i.e there're thousands of food publications, from blogs, local publications to dreamland-styled magazines for the rich. At the end of the day, I find that the magazines I tend to keep for myself are those with insightful wrting. To me, good writing is just as important as good photography and styling.

Apr 28, 2014
pearlyriver in Food Media & News
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Best and Worst Food Magazines

I don't know that Donna Hay is so popular in the US. There's a magazine in Australia named Feast which is about different cuisines that Australia has to offer. It's quite different from the typical food porn or the rich's lifestyle mags.

Apr 27, 2014
pearlyriver in Food Media & News

What are the most educational cooking shows?

Thanks every one for your input. I've been frustrated by the lacklustre and tasteless meals served at home lately so I'm determined to overhaul my cooking foundations. I've stumbled upon the How to Make the Perfect sth columns on the Guardian written by Felicity Cloake and I've learned so many tips from her. I'll check out the Cook's ILlustrated, Heston and Martha Stewart series.
One question about Martha though: It seems like her recipes are very inconsistent from what I've learned from various comments but why do her cookbooks get such positive ratings on Amazon? Are they worth buying?

Apr 27, 2014
pearlyriver in Food Media & News

What are the most educational cooking shows?

I don't live in the States and My pay TV only have Masterchef (USA and UK) and crappy shows like DC Cupcake so I have to rely on Youtube and some pirate sites to watch cooking shows. Thanks anyway.

Apr 27, 2014
pearlyriver in Food Media & News

What are the most educational cooking shows?

Can Chowhounders recommend me good educational cooking shows which you have learned the most from, aside from Julia Child, Jacques Pepin, Alton Brown (I've read through the old threads)? I'm not looking for culinary journeys/documentaries or dramas among celebrity chefs. I want to improve (or probably rework) my basic cooking skills and improve my repertoire. Any cuisine is welcome.

Apr 24, 2014
pearlyriver in Food Media & News

Australian Cookbooks

But I haven't found a crowd pleasing recipe in her cookbook, which I attribute to my poor skills. I've found more keeper worthy recipes from Julia Child and Jacques Pepin cookbooks, which are also written as the basic reference book. Would you mind sharing an excellent recipe from it?

Momofuku Milk Bar Cook book

Are there any worthy recipes from this book? It seems like most of the negative reviews are about desserts being oversweet and too buttery.

Nov 21, 2012
pearlyriver in Home Cooking

Australian Cookbooks

What's her specialty? What are her must-try recipes? I have the Cook's Companion but most of her desserts are OK and no exceptional. Her meat, soup and salad recipes seem to be better.

Ratio for creaming butter with sugar

I have a recipe for upside down pineapple cake by Stephanie Alexander where she called for 175g butter and 150g sugar to cream. I only used 2/3 of the sugar and the cake still comes out soft and moist (although perhaps not as fluffy and lightweight as her recipe). Is there a ratio for creaming butter and sugar? I'm quite concerned with the amount of sugar intake and I don't like oversweet treats and I find my cake a little too sweet for my taste. Could I cut down more sugar

Nov 14, 2012
pearlyriver in Home Cooking

Anyone read dated cookbooks?

Gosh thank you so much. This site is crazy. Must be the brown sauce.

Nov 10, 2012
pearlyriver in Home Cooking

Anyone read dated cookbooks?

The cookbook I mentioned features New Century Sauce which is used as a base for fish sauce, sauce piquante, sauce for roast pork, masking cutlets etc. The author noted that this sauce could be purchased in XYZ street. What can the New Century Sauce be?

Nov 10, 2012
pearlyriver in Home Cooking

Anyone read dated cookbooks?

I came across a public-domain cookbook called "The Cook's Decameron: A Study in Taste, Containing Over Two Hundred Recipes For Italian Dishes" and it seems good. It covers all the building blocks of Italian cuisine and the recipes sound good, although exact measurement of ingredients is not provided. Does anyone read or use out-of-fashion cookbooks?

Nov 10, 2012
pearlyriver in Home Cooking

Anyone cook daikon?

I often make Asian-style daikon salad or pickled daikon to serve with banh my. Not sure how to incorporate daikon in western dishes though.

Nov 02, 2012
pearlyriver in Home Cooking

What's the best cookbook for learning a cuisine from the ground up?

If you're into Japanese cuisine,try Washoku by Elizabeth Andoh. For Chinese, Fuchsia Dunlop book and for Vietnamese, Mai Pham or Angela Nguyen.

Nov 02, 2012
pearlyriver in Food Media & News

Jamie's 15 minute meals

It's being aired on Channel 4. Have any watched this and what's your opinion? Jamie is a celebrity chef who I have no particular feeling for. I've cooked some of his recipes and it's good but not outstanding.

Nov 01, 2012
pearlyriver in Food Media & News

February Cookbook of the Month 2012: Japanese Month

I'm surprised that this thread is a little bit quiet, and not many people cook from Washoku. I'm reading it right now. She's like the Julia Child of Japanese cuisine. I never read a cookbook word by word but this one is so interesting. But I'm not sure if I'll be able to cook any recipe. Many ingridients are inaccessible for me.

Oct 31, 2012
pearlyriver in Home Cooking

Best Cooking TV Shows from Around the Globe

Any Greek cooking shows recently?

Oct 31, 2012
pearlyriver in Food Media & News