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Why I love Food Network (revised repost)

Sunday, June 16, 2013

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.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MRS_TOAD 6/19/2013 8:58AM

    I started watching the Food Network because of you! There are a lot of good, entertaining shows to be found on that channel.

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THROOPER62 6/18/2013 5:32PM

    emoticon Love Food Network

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MISSG180 6/18/2013 10:52AM

    I watch a lot of Food Network, too. Everyone is allowed to have their passions!

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CARRAND 6/18/2013 10:35AM

    You have some very good reasons for like Food Network. I'm with you on this!

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MONETRUBY 6/17/2013 11:50PM

    All good reasons to watch! Even if some of the combos on Chopped make me a little green...

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SHARON10002 6/17/2013 10:39PM

    I love the Food Network, too! You are absolutely right about all persuasions, and curvy women. I'll add one of my favorites, The Barefootr Contessa Ina Garten to that list! I am a huge AB fan! Love his sense of humor! I also love to watch The Pioneer Woman - Ree Drummond, and her family.

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CHEFSOPHIE 6/17/2013 8:41PM

    I totally. Agree

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COOKWITHME65 6/17/2013 6:45PM

    I too love the Food Network. You hit the nail on the head on all your reasons!!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 6/17/2013 6:33PM

    Alton Brown is one of my favorites. emoticon

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CATLADY52 6/17/2013 5:57PM

    emoticon It's your mind, so use it any way you want.

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LORILEEPAGE 6/17/2013 2:59PM

    We just stopped cable and I really miss the Food Network. The chefs on the regular shows become old friends that you enjoy welcoming into your living room. I agree with it being a positive thing to watch!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/17/2013 1:51PM

    Totally agree!

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WINDSONG~ 6/17/2013 1:47PM

    Enjoy the shows

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CYND59 6/17/2013 1:38PM

    We all love something. Some of us love things that others may not understand but that is ok. We are all different. The food network does have some great shows!

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LIS193 6/17/2013 12:32PM

    Love Food Network!
"never trust a skinny chef" :)

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NASFKAB 6/17/2013 10:05AM

  Chopped is fun how they manage the strange combinations

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CAROLJEAN64 6/17/2013 10:02AM

    You have made me a fan of Chopped for all of the reasons you list for liking the whole network. It is a competition with heart, something we in the win all/lose all society need.

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BLUEROSE73 6/17/2013 9:30AM

    Those are all awesome reasons to love the network. And the cooking shows are pretty awesome too. I love learning new recipes I can alter for my allergies/weight loss

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KEELIE21 6/17/2013 9:02AM

    I agree its nice to see a network dedicated to so many positive things, and accepting of so many!

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NUTRON3 6/17/2013 8:46AM

    all great reasons!

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MONTANAWALKER 6/17/2013 8:26AM

    In my group of foodies we are always calling it the "porn channel"...because we overheard someone say, "Well isn't that just like porn for fat people?" I adore Guy and "Triple D"-seriously I used to make a decent living in the food biz but lots of the stuff in the baskets on chopped I have NO IDEA how to cook with...those black chickens were just disgusting. I loved it when the poor woman was freaking out about the snake!! But the combos like lamb and fruit loops???? I like IronChef much better!

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LOPEYP 6/17/2013 8:04AM

    Hubby and I love a few of the FN shows: Next FN Star, Food Truck Race, Sweet Genius.
I hear ya about all the murders and death on other shows. I can get enough of that on the news. emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 6/17/2013 2:48AM

    emoticon thank you for sharing
have a great week emoticon

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 6/17/2013 1:32AM

    Just finished watching NFNS, love that show. I'm like you love watching cooking shows. I watched "Julie and Julia" with my sister once and she thought the idea of cooking through a cookbook was crazy and I was all over the idea. Of course she doesn't cook either. I never watched "Chopped" but the more you talk about it I did and really like the show. Thanks!

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NYARAMULA 6/17/2013 1:20AM

    This is a very strange coincidence but I also love investigation discovery AND food network. My sons tell me that every time they come home, I'm either watching snapped: women who kill, or chopped - which is very disturbing (lol).

I love food network because it broadens my imagination with respect to food.

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TXPATRIOT 6/16/2013 11:51PM

    Just got through watching The Next Food Network Star.

I love Food Network, as well. Chopped is also my all-time fave!

It really does help me with my cooking--tweaking recipes and combining different flavor profiles. I really do learn a lot.


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WOWEETOO 6/16/2013 11:38PM

    you go girl!

loves and hugs
the lady mary

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