The Minimalist

Review: The Minimalist with Mark Bittman

The Minimalist with Mark Bittman

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 The Minimalist.

Mark Bittman is one of the more respected food writers in the country.  He has nearly two dozen cookbooks to his credit highlighted by his popular How to Cook Everything (available at amazon) series, another food show (PBS’ Spain – On The Road Again) with Iron Chef Mario Batali and a long running column that was one of the few reasons to read the tabloid known as the New York Times.   The name of that column?  The Minimalist Apparently Bittman is such a minimalist that he figured why bother coming up with a new name.

According to the Cooking Channel web site:

With Cooking Channel’s The Minimalist, beloved food journalist and celebrated New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman brings his expertise to your kitchen with his tried-and-true recipes. From finger foods and soups to ethnic and Asian fare, Mark shares his clear and simple techniques that have made him an iconic name in American kitchens.

The show is about what I expected from Bittman.  A straight forward stand-and-stir that is low on flash but high on content.    Bittman has a calm energy that instills you confidence and a dependable knowledge of the kitchen.  He also has a dry wit (like most New Yorkers) that creeps in every now and then and if you aren’t careful you might miss it.

If you are a home cook looking to up your game The Minimalist is a prime show for helping you get to the next level.  It airs Sundays at 10:30am ET on the Cooking Channel.

Cooking Channel Turns 1 With New Shows

Press Release from Scripps Network (parent company of Cooking Channel):

COOKING CHANNEL MAY 2011 HIGHLIGHTS

NEW YORK – April 20, 2011 – This May, a birthday celebration is in order as Cooking Channel says “cheers” to its May 31st launch anniversary. Viewers will enjoy two series premieres, a new season and exciting new episodes of favorite primetime and daytime shows. Emeril Lagasse travels across the country to iconic establishments that have outlasted the grueling restaurant industry as he visits “original” institutions in The Originals with Emeril premiering Thursday, May 5th at 10:30pm ET/7:30pm PT. Annie Sibonney explores regions of Spain taking viewers on a culinary road trip through exquisite towns in From Spain With Love premiering Friday, May 27th at 9pm ET/6pm PT. In a brand Chuck Hughesnew season of Chuck’s Day Off premiering Sunday, May 1 at 11am ET/8am PT, Chuck Hughes gives viewers a raw look at what a day off means to a chef as he takes time out of his restaurant reality to cook for his friends, family and staff. Also, May kicks off an epic grilling season on CookingChannelTV.com with a host of hot chef exclusives, original recipes, how to’s and culinary techniques. Plus, Cooking Channel airs new episodes of hit shows including Eat St., Food(ography), The Minimalist and Unique Sweets. Join the Cooking Channel conversation on Facebook and Twitter.
SERIES PREMIERES
The Originals with Emeril
Chef Emeril Lagasse pays tribute to The Originals – iconic food establishments that have helped shape the country’s culinary landscape. While the restaurant industry is notoriously challenging and the life of a restaurant is sometimes short, every city has those cherished institutions that have stood the test of time. Emeril visits a new city in each episode and goes behind-the-scenes at three historic eateries. From uncovering the birthplace of famous dishes like Boston cream pie in New England and the French Dip Sandwich in Los Angeles to revealing Charlie Chaplin’s favorite 1920’s Hollywood hangout and Dr. Martin Luther King’s preferred Atlanta dining spot. This time on the other side of the stove, Emeril takes viewers on an informative and tasty journey through New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Dallas, Atlanta, Miami, and his beloved New Orleans.
Premieres Thursday, May 5th at 10:30pm ET/7:30pm PT SERIES PREMIERE – “San Francisco”
Emeril samples some celebrated San Francisco treats drinking Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista Café, snacking on cracked crab and calamari salad at the Swan Oyster Depot and tasting The Hangtown Fry at the Tadich Grill.
Premieres Thursday, May 12th at 10:30pm ET/7:30pm PT – “Boston”
Emeril heads to three of Boston’s timeless restaurants where he samples stuffed lobster and baked beans at Union Oyster House and drinks Sam Adams beer at the first bar to ever serve it, Doyle’s Café. His last stop is Parker’s Restaurant, the place where he began his career as a sous chef in 1979. He whips up Boston scrod and a batch of their famous Parker House rolls and dives into Boston Cream Pie for dessert.

Premieres Thursday, May 19th at 10:30pm ET/7:30pm PT – “Los Angeles”

Emeril travels to the City of Angels to visit three classic eateries. He munches on a Hickoryburger and apple pie at the Apple Pan, samples Scottish beef pie at the Tam O’ Shanter and discovers the secrets behind the French dip sandwich at Phillippe’s.

Premieres Thursday, May 26th at 10:30pm ET/7:30pm PT – “Dallas”

Emeril explores the landmark restaurants that made Dallas great stopping at Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse for hickory-smoked Texas barbecue and The Mecca for cinnamon rolls and “migas,” a southwestern egg-and-tortilla specialty. His last stop is El Fenix where he enjoys authentic Tex-Mex cuisine.
From Spain With Love
From Spain with Love explores the diverse culinary culture of Spain through the eyes of passionate gastronomad and host Annie Sibonney. Using food as a window into Spain and its many characters, the series uncovers the rich contradictions of the country. From the food mecca of San Sebastian to the quaint fishing villages of Galicia, and from cosmopolitan Barcelona to the bustling excitement of Madrid, the series explores the deep-rooted connection between the land, the farmer, the fisherman, the ingredient, the home cook and the chef across Spain’s many regions.

Premieres: Friday May 27th at 9pm ET/6pm PT SERIES PREMIERE! – “Basque Country”

Host Annie Sibonney visits the Basque Country in Spain, a fiercely independent region with more cooks per capita than anywhere else in the world and its own style of inventive cuisine that put Spain on the culinary map. Annie breaks through barriers at a men’s only gastronomic society; indulges in her favorite Basque dish, cod kokotaxas; enjoys a Basque-style tapas crawl; and cooks alongside the “godfather” of modern Basque cuisine, chef Juan Mari Arzak.
SEASON PREMIERE AND EXCLUSIVE WEB SERIES

Chuck’s Day Off : Premieres Sunday, May 1st at 11am ET/8am PT – “The Bouncers”

In the season three premiere, Chuck invites two of his employees, Fred and Eugenio, to a delicious meal to remind them of why people are lining up down the block to get a taste of what Garde Manger has to offer.
Also, online at www.CookingChannelTV.com, fans get a glimpse of “Chuck’s Day On” – a peek into his world running the Montreal hot spot, Garde Manger. In the four-part web series, Chuck takes viewers through a full day – from the morning meeting to delivering impressive dishes until every customer is satisfied. He also offers up helpful hints to the at-home cook in this behind-the-scenes look at the restaurant world.
ONLINE PACKAGE

CookingChannelTV.com serves up sizzling original content to kick off grilling season.

Kelsey NixonKelsey Nixon (Kelsey’s Essentials) shares five original burgers and irresistible sides to kick start summer.

Chef Kevin Gillespie (co-owner of Atlanta’s Woodfire Grill) debuts 8 exclusive webisodes and original recipes on grilling and summer entertaining.

Rock star, Los Angeles-based butchers, Lindy & Grundy, share secrets and tips on handling and grilling the best meats and proteins for summer including perfect burger blends.

Award-winning pit master, and former cop, ‘Big Lou’ Elrose shares his secrets and tips to grilling perfection.

Cooking Channel’s roster of star bloggers serves up fresh new recipes and innovative ideas from grilled breads (ZoeBakes.com) to easy and elegant entertaining (MattBites.com) to southern grilling staples (DixieCaviar.com).  And, food writer Corky Pollan offers up tried and true seasonal summer tips.

Food Network Kitchens shares a full plate’s worth of exclusive new burger and slider recipes.
NEW EPISODES
In addition to the above new series and season, Cooking Channel premieres all-new episodes of:
David Rocco’s Dolce Vita:May 1st, May 14th, May 21st and May 28th at 1:30pm ET/10:30am PT
Eat St.: May 2nd at 9:30pmET/6:30pm PT and May 10th, May 17th, and May 24th at 8pm ET/5pm PT
Food(ography): May 1st at 9pm ET/6pm PT
From the Kitchen’s of…:May 22nd at 10am ET/7am PT
The Minimalist: May 8th, May 15th, May 22nd, and May 29th at 10:30am ET/7:30am PT
Unique Sweets: May 15th, May 22nd, and May 29th at 10:30pm ET/7:30pm PT

Cooking Channel’s Fall Line-up

Cooking Channel has announced some of the new shows for fall and they continue to do what big sister Food Network doesn’t – giving foodies programming they want to see.  New shows for Bobby Flay and Rachael Ray, a new cooking show with attitude called Bitchin’ Kitchen and finally some justice for Kelsey Nixon – the show she was cheated out of two years ago.  There is some bad news about the line-up, Food Jammers is back and there is an Al Roker sighting as well.  From the Cooking Channel site:

Cooking Channel Fall Line-upThe Minimalist
Cookbook author and New York Times columnist Mark Bittman caters to the modern gourmet, whose expectations are high and time limited. Mark gets people cooking simply, comfortably and well. Premieres Sunday, Oct. 10 at 3:30pm.

Bitchin’ Kitchen
Hilarious, entertaining and deliciously demented, Bitchin’ Kitchen is a comedy-cooking show based on the wildly popular web series. Chef-comedienne Nadia G. looks at the funny side of everyday situations and turns them into occasions worth celebrating — with food! From ‘Recession Recipes’ and ‘Impressing the In-laws’ to ‘Break-up Brunches,’ Nadia G. rocks the kitchen with her tasty techniques and stiletto-sharp wit. Premieres Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 10:30pm.

Brunch @ Bobby’s
Sip a bloody mary with Bobby and join him in his greatest passion: cooking brunch. With a spatula in one hand and a cocktail in the other, Bobby goes from sweet to savory, cooking up brunch for any occasion. Brunch has never been more inviting. Premieres Saturday, Oct. 16 at 2pm.

Kelsey Essentials
Kelsey Nixon inspires the next generation of food lovers with her essential kitchen techniques. Kelsey gives her tips on must-have pantry items, useful gadgets and basic cooking techniques.  From roasting to baking, Kelsey delivers the basics, and encourages new home cooks to make them their own.

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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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2015 2nd Place Fins' Wings & Chili Cook-off
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2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Wing Cook-off
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