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The amazing Alton Brown has been on the air with his show Good Eats for a solid 10 years now. To celebrate, here's a clip from the very first episode of Good Eats, which was all about steak.

(Via Eater.)

By Ezra Klein  |  October 14, 2009; 1:33 PM ET
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We huge fans of "Good Eats" at our house. It's the only food show we watch regularly.

Posted by: jnfr | October 14, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Alton is great. It's almost a subversive show on the Food Network trying to educate the viewers. Sure, he brings just enough "entertainment" to fool the FN Higher Ups that he fits into their Foodtainment concept. But beneath and around the entertainment aspects of the show, there's a ton of info he's passing out.

In a sense, Alton knows how to play the game while remaining true to his original concept. In turn, his show has hit its peak a lot later than most of the shows on FN that have a shorter cycle.

Now if we can just get Mario back on tv for a series on PBS similar to the old Malto Mario shows, there will be a little light end the end of the tv food nightmare.

That said:

* best Top Chef season ever

* No Reservations is one of the handful of best shows on TV, if not the best. Bourdian's writing (and if you listen to the voice overs, it is well thought out *writing* by Tony) is at a level above all other food shows and just about any documentaries you'll find on TV. The show balances true love of food and the culture that gave birth to the food being eaten with some great, subversive television. The show on Laos was exceptional in trying to spur viewers to think beyond just food.

* the best things about the DVR is the ability to grab lots of Jaques shows and Americas Test Kitchen as they pop up on various PBS channels

* the second best thing about the DVR is that there *are* some decent shows on TFN schedule, but they tend to get buried in off hours. Home sick today, I just watched a perfectly decent Tyler's Ultimate on an indoor BBQ alternative menu for folks who don't have a grill/smoker outback. The whole menu was easy to follow, Tyler spared all the "entertainment" nonsense, and just cooked and educated on why he was using different items.

Are we in a really bad era of Cooking Shows? By and large, for new first run TV, that is the case. But Bourdain's show is as good of a "food road trip" show as we've ever had. There remain some decent shows being produced. And Tivo/DVR give a view the opportunity to grab a lot of shows that they may have missed from years past. I find myself watching more hours of food shows a week than I have in a lot of years due to the ease of recording it and watching it in slots here and there when I have time.


Posted by: toshiaki | October 14, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

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