There's been a lot of hating on food TV recently. We've been known to sip some haterade as well, but let's remember that it's not all bad. Shows like "The Mind Of A Chef" and "Bizarre Foods" are both informative and entertaining -- proving that those two concepts don't have to be mutually exclusive.
There is an insanely high number of food shows on TV today. But before "The Chew," there was "Molto Mario." And before "The Next Food Network Star," there was "Good Eats." Let's celebrate six food shows no longer on air that make us remember how great food TV can be.
1. Molto Mario: 1997-2004
Before Mario Batali started a global restaurant empire, he had a wonderful Italian show on the Food Network, "Molto Mario." What draws us to this show is the pacing -- not too slow, not too fast.
2. Two Fat Ladies: 1996-1999
Don't you just want Clarissa Dickson Wright and Jennifer Paterson to keep you company when you cook dinner? Because we do. They make us feel calm.
3. The French Chef: 1963-1973
The great thing about Julia Child is that she celebrates mistakes. Sometimes your food isn't going to come out perfect. That's okay.
4. Yan Can Cook: 1978 - ?
So as far as we can tell, this show is still on, though we haven't seen anything in a long time. But we could watch those knife skills all day long.
5. Good Eats: 1999 - 2011
Alton Brown may be goofy, but he relayed a lot of good information in this quirky show.
6. Galloping Gourmet: 1969-1971
Sure, it's a little past its prime, but it's still a lot of fun.