I know a lot of people think I only love it because I'm obsessed with food (which I probably am). But there are some other very good reasons why it's my favorite network of any.
1. I spent a lot of years addicted to the Investigation Discovery network, in which every show dealt with murder. The endless tragedy finally wore me down and actually made my chronic depression even worse. Food Network's focus is positive -- family, nurturing, creativity, hospitality.
2. Everyone is welcome. Every day they feature people who are both genders and both gay and straight. They showcase just about every ethnicity and multiple religious persuasions. And all are welcome as part of the family. The acceptance is heartwarming.
3. Chopped is my favorite show, and now more than ever. More and more they give a showcase to chefs with physical and other challenges. We've seen a hearing-impaired competitor, one with a severe stutter, even someone trying to rebuild his life and career after a stretch in federal prison. They're all welcomed, praised and encouraged.
4. I don't know another network which sponsors as much charity, let alone more. Through FN I heard about Share Our Strength, which is dedicated to eradicating childhood hunger in this country. Several times a year FN sponsors competitions like Chopped All-Stars, with large donations to charity as the prizes.
5. The women aren't a bunch of toothpicks. Alex Guarnaschelli, Sunny Anderson, Amanda Freitag, Paula Deen and others are all of the curvy persuasion. And nobody wants to force them into the "skinny" mold.
6. So many of its stars are just plain likable! I've joked about my crush on Bobby Flay, but in addition to being gorgeous he's also sweet and funny. So many of the people on the network are warm, humorous and fun to watch.
If this sounds like a commercial, I'm not sorry. I love FN for all the reasons, and so many more.