Review: Good Deal with Dave Lieberman
I finally got a little quality time with the Cooking Channel so I am attempting to review several of the shows I have not seen. We’ll start with Good Deal with Dave Lieberman.
Lieberman is living the blogger’s dream. He has turned his passion for food writing into a full fledged cheflebrity career. Lieberman is the author of three cookbooks: Young and Hungry, Dave’s Dinners and The 10 Things You Need to Eat (all available from amazon.com). He is also the author of the extremely popular davecooks.net. In addition to the subject of today’s review he also hosted the TV series Eat This.
On Good Deal Lieberman attempts to feed a family of four on just $10. Sound familiar? Yep, the concept is also used by the sister Food Network as the vehicle for NFNS 5 winner Melissa D’Arabian’s $10 Dinners. Between the two Lieberman’s incarnation is far more entertaining.
Here’s a description for Good Deal from the FN web site:
Dave Lieberman is a young man with a mission: to teach people how to live, eat and entertain like royalty, even on a commoner’s budget. In Good Deal with Dave Lieberman, Dave keeps things quick, easy and inexpensive, giving viewers practical tips on keeping quality up and costs down. Whether preparing a buffet dinner for an ever-expanding party guest list, helping a love-struck best friend pull together a romantic dinner, or throwing an indoor BBQ party for the space/budget-challenged, Dave always guarantees fabulous food that won’t break the clock or the bank.
Lieberman is the consummate foodie possessing both knowledge and passion. His easy going style on camera is a tad understated, not unlike Michael Chiarello. Both tend to sneak up on you at the end of show with the realization that you not only just enjoyed what you watched but accidentally learned something as well. Lieberman is a little more energetic than Michael is but I guess you can chock that up to East Coast Cool vs. California Cool.
Because of that little controlled ball of energy, Lieberman is perfect for a show that is obviously geared towards the busy-family-on-the-go. His recipes are simple yet flavorful and the production value of the show is top notch. A definite show to add to your favorites list.