TV Cooking vs. Real Cooking

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Are televised cooking shows all a charade? Mark Bittman would argue yes. He'd also call them baffling and intimidating.

The home cook, especially the aspiring home cook, needs encouragement — not befuddlement. Show people what actually happens in the kitchen, show people that mistakes are made (”The grand thing about cooking is you can eat your mistakes” — Julia Child), show people that, just as you need not be Rafael Nadal to play tennis, you need not be Gordon Ramsay to cook a decent meal.

Maybe there is a future in food television bloopers? Nothing is chopped the "right" way, the kitchen is chaotic, and if the meat burns, so be it.

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