The date was November 23, Emeril Lagasse, once referred to by Food Network executives as the "Engagin' Cajun," began taping his first episode of "Essence of Emeril" during the summer of , as reported in From Scratch. And we all know how the story went from there. Lagasse showed viewers the merits of Creole cuisine and that cooking could be fun, inclusive, and have sound effects — BAM!
I love your site. I just came across it and your writing is entertaining. I'm glad to read your thoughts on the shows and their "celeb". Looking forward to reading more. I'm a Sandra Lee fan, albeit of the "oh my gawd did she really just do that? I thought there was no chemistry at all between them; they kept stepping on each others lines and getting in each others way; the atmosphere seemed a frosty mixture of "it's my show" and " I'm the one who can cook". I think like you.
But I imagined that she thought of herself as a serious culinarian, however misguided that might be. One must at least keep up appearances while hosting a cooking show, no? There was a time at which Food Network programming mostly featured chefs — that is, trained and experienced people who have successfully made their way through the culinary world based largely on talent. Pure evil.
Interesting ideas. Some of the connections the author made between Poe and some of the modern pop culture seemed a little stretched while others made perfect sense. A little dry in delivery, somewhat above the head of the general reader.