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Hungry Girl Leaves Cooking Channel for Food Network

It had to happen eventually.  Some show from the Cooking Channel would eventually make the move to the big network.  It’s easy to equate such a programming change to a pitcher being called up from the Triple A farm team but that doesn’t make it accurate.

Hungry Girl moving to Food NetworkThe reality is that the best cooking shows are on the Cooking Channel not the Food Network.  However, most of those cooking shows are geared towards cooks with advanced skills.  The cooking shows on the Food Network are geared for newer cooks.  As I wrote in my April review of Hungry Girl, “All though this may not be the kind of show to inspire professional chefs it is a great instructional series for the home cook.  It’s the kind of show that sister Food Network was built on.”

Is it arrogant to describe yourself as prophetic?  Yeah, I agree.  Anyway, here is part of the press release about the August premiere of Hungry Girl on the Food Network:

NEW YORK – July 5, 2011 – Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien indulges in summer’s most delicious treats, Hungry Girl Style, with less calories and less guilt but never sacrificing flavor, when season two premieres on Food Network August 7th at 10am ET/PT with 16 all new episodes.  There’s no challenge this New York Times Bestselling author and creator of the renowned Hungry Girl newsletter can’t take on – from overcoming potential date night disaster dishes to what to order when you want to scream for ice cream.  All 30-minute episodes begin with an eating situation that might otherwise result in an over-the-top calorie fest and Hungry Girl proves there’s no craving she can’t satisfy with creative, lower calorie options.

“There’s no better time than the hottest month of the year to show my fans how they can indulge in their favorite foods of all time and still look and feel their best this summer,” says Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien.   “The show allows me to bring my newsletter to life and take the cameras with me as I search for lower calorie treasures at the grocery store, whip up treats in my kitchen and order off the menu at my favorite restaurants.”

Review: Hungry Girl

I finally got a little more quality time with the Cooking Channel so I am attempting to review several of the shows I have not seen.  This time around Hungry Girl.

Lisa Lillien has lived the food blogger’s dream as well as just about anyone.  She has a popular web site, 1M+ news letter subscribers, a best selling book and now the crowning achievement we all strive for, her on TV show.  Here’s a blurb from said web site:

Approximately 1,000,000 fans eagerly wait for Hungry Girl’s recipes, tips & tricks each weekday. What started as a daily email to friends and family has turned into a nationwide, multimedia phenomenon!  In addition to the almost one million die-hard fans subscribed to her daily emails, Lisa also reaches millions more with weekly columns on WeightWatchers.com and Yahoo!, regular contributions to Redbook magazine and recurring appearances on the television shows like Rachael Ray and Extra.

Hungry GirlLillien’s focus is on low fat, low calorie fare that is easy for the home cook.  Think of her as the love child of Rachael Ray and Ellie Krieger with a splash of Melissa D’Arabian.  Her energy is understated not unlike Micheal Chiarello but with a definite soccer mom sensibility.

The show is shot in a style that is reminiscent of Food Network in the late 90’s.  The set looks like a mash-up of shows such as Sara’s Secrets, Caprial’s Kitchen and the early years of 30 Minute Meals.  The cinematography is quite good and each episode packs a lot of information into it.  Lillien has a bevy of tips and substitutions that help lower fat and calories while still maintaining food that is appetizing.  All though this may not be the kind of show to inspire professional chefs it is a great instructional series for the home cook.  It’s the kind of show that sister Food Network was built on.

Lisa is currently doing a book tour in support of her newest release 300 Under 300: 300 Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Dishes Under 300 Calories.  To see if Lisa is headed your way check out the tour dates HERE.

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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2015 1st Place Luck of the Irish Cook-off
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