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Food TV: Cooking Competition Shows We Crave

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With the success of shows like Project Runway and America’s Next Top Model, competition television has become a staple in our modern viewing experience. And while I’m happy to watch people sew and pose as much as the next fashionista, my heart will always belong to one competition genre in particular: the cooking show. There’s something so addicting about watching chefs baste, frost, and freak out over the perfect dish. Sure, I can’t exactly eat the food they make, but that’s not really the point. I’m in it for the meltdowns, the triumphs, and the mouthwatering dishes I can almost taste from my living room. For all the rest of you television foodies out there, here are three shows —…

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Be Brave and Cook With Love

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I have this theory that Top Chef has made me a better cook. It doesn’t quite make sense. I have never tried to make any of the recipes from the show, though many are available online; nor have I bought Top Chef: The Cookbook, Top Chef: The Quickfire Cookbook, or How to Cook Like a Top Chef, all published by Chronicle Books. The show itself, with its fast-paced approach to kitchen challenges, is certainly not geared toward the teaching of cooking techniques, unless you’re keen to learn how to prepare a meal using only a can opener, or with one hand tied behind your back. There is something edifying, though, in learning a bit of the language of cooking and…

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