The Food Network – A Healthy Obsession?

I am absolutely obsessed with the Food Network. My friend Rachael even goes so far as to refer to their cooking shows as “my porn.” Ironic, considering that some say that the Food Network uses angles and editing similar to that of pornography to make it more appealing. I don’t know if it’s the food, the angles, or the fact that my parents refuse to buy the full cable package, but I just can’t get enough of the Food Network. Here are some of my favorite shows/top reasons to check out the most addicting of television networks. What’s your excuse?

Paula Deen’s Home Cooking: You see, I’m a nutrition major. This (in theory) means that I should be a pretty healthy eater. The thing I love about Paula Deen’s cooking is that she makes the unhealthiest food possible. I have yet to see one of her southern dishes prepared without butter, mayonnaise, shortening, or some combination of the three. Watching her make disgustingly delicious food makes me feel like I’m indulging without actually consuming and subsequently gaining ten pounds of lard.

Sandra Lee’s Semi-Homemade: Sandra Lee basically embodies who I want to be when I’m in my 30s. Why? Because she’s hot, knows how to enjoy a good cocktail (or five), and can whip up an amazing meal without actually doing any of the dirty work herself. Plus, she makes the cutest little “tablescapes” out of practically nothing. Basically, watching her show gives you hope that you can be old and still have a life (and good looks to boot).

Barefoot Contessa: First of all, the host of this show is named Ina Garten. (I’m a sucker for a good name pun). Secondly, you get to watch her make amazingly complex food that you would never dare to prepare yourself without a culinary degree. The real kicker about this show, however, is its attempt to include acting along with food preparation. There is nothing better than watching Ina make an obviously fake phone call to a “friend” that she probably met minutes before filming the show. Purely hilarious – you really gotta see it to believe it.

Good Eats: Now, I’m usually not a fan of the nighttime shows, but this one really does have its moments. Alton Brown takes a quirky science-y approach to all types of food ranging from cole slaw to beef jerky. Most of his comedic attempts are a tad over the top, but Mr. Brown does have his moments. For some real entertainment, I strongly suggest you check out the episode on gumbo. Seriously, it’s a winner.

Some other shows to check out while you’re flipping through the channels: Everyday Italian with Giada De Laurentiis, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Throwdown with Bobby Flay (hottay), and Unwrapped. Oh, and don’t miss the newest show, Will Work for Food, coming out January 19th. Word on the street is that the star, Adam Gertler, is quite the looker (for a Food Network host, of course).

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