Monday, January 29, 2007

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Calendar Dates: TasteTV Food & Lifestyle Video Workshops

TasteTV Food & Lifestyle Video Workshop Calendar Dates
Dates and times will be updated regularly, along with additional cities.
Each Food Video workshop is one hour.

February 1st, Apple Store, Palo Alto, California; 5:30-6:30pm
February 3rd, Apple Store, Walnut Creek, California; 4:00-5:00pm
February 7th, Apple Store, San Francisco (Stonestown), California
March 3rd, Apple Store, Walnut Creek, California
March 8th, Apple Store, Santa Monica, California
March 10th, Apple Store, Pasadena, California

More cities, states, countries and dates to be announced, shortly

To find locations and directions, plus online Apple store calendars, go to http://www.apple.com/retail/storelist/

About the TasteTV Food Video Workshops
If you love food, wine, design and lifestyle programs and want to shoot your own quality videos for online or on demand broadcasts, the TasteTV Food & Lifestyle Video Workshop demonstrates how to to shoot a food, wine or fashion video, and then edit it using Apple's iMovie software.

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Real Men Will Start Cooking...says hungry reporter





PERVAIZ SHALLWANI of the Associated Press has written a pretty convincing article about why manly men may start cooking more than steak and taters, following the trend in Western countries to pay more attention to what you eat, how it's prepared, what goes into it, and most importantly, how it tastes.

A meat, potatoes and pasta upbringing in a family that gave little thought to food made Jason Weber an unlikely foodie candidate.

Yet when he got to college, he found himself glued to the Food Network, drawn in by “Iron Chef’s” kitchen battles and eagerly trying his hand at the bold Creole creations of celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse.

He’s hardly unique. Unlike so many of their fathers and grandfathers, men such as Weber are embracing not just an affection for food, but a gusto for making it and a willingness to spend big chunks of disposable income on the toys to do so.

“When I think about my friends, there is a huge cross-section of us who are interested in the culinary arts and food,” Weber, 31, a technology salesman, said recently as he headed to a Philadelphia gastropub to satisfy a craving for a gourmet cheeseburger and double-dipped Belgian fries.

Gone are the days when “man food” meant beer, grilling and Hungry-Man frozen dinners.

That’s partly because young men are an attractive demographic and the food world – from media to the makers of appliances big and small – has worked hard to make time in the kitchen appeal to them. It seems to be working.

At least until we see what Hungry-Man frozen dinners creates for the New Hungry Man. We hope this lasts longer than the last Metrosexual topics.


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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

TasteTV Launches Food and Lifestyle Video Workshops

If you love food, wine, design and lifestyle programs and want to shoot your own quality videos for online or on demand broadcasts, the TasteTV Food & Lifestyle Video Workshop demonstrates how to to shoot a food, wine or fashion video, and then edit it using Apple's iMovie software.

The TasteTV Food & Lifestyle Video Workshops will take place at Apple stores around the country. In the near future, the workshops start in Northern California (February & March), Southern California (March), Chicago, and the East Coast and beyond in following months.

For dates and locations, please regularly check TasteTV.com and the TasteTV blog - Tasteable.com.


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TasteTV Events and News



Chocolate and wine lovers are invited to indulge both passions and get signed copies of A. K. Crump’s book, “Chocolate French: Recipes, Language, and Directions to Fran├žais au Chocolat,” as well as meet Louis Brouillet, CEO of NewTree Chocolates on January 18th in San Francisco. For more information, go to www.ZincDetails.com

TasteTV set to announce new local outreach program in cities across the United States. Watch the TasteTV blog, Tasteable.com, for more information, or the TasteTV newsletter.

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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Celebrity Chef and Cookbook Author Series



The recently opened New York Wine & Culinary Center (video featured on TasteTV here) has its Celebrity Chef and Cookbook Author Series for this Spring, and here are some of the great offerings they will have:

Greg Case and Keri Fisher, authors of One Cake, One Hundred Desserts (Morrow, $29.95). 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 3, $65.

John Ash, author of Cooking One on One (Clarkson Potter, $37.50). 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 9 and 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 10, $65.

Melissa Clark, co-author with Robin Aronson of The Skinny (Meredith, $22.95). 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 15, $65.

Lynn Fredericks, author of Cooking Time is Family Time (no longer in print) and head of FamilyCookProductions.com. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. March 10, $65 for each adult with one child ages 6 to 12.

Lorna Sass, author of Whole Grains Every Day, Every Way (Clarkson Potter, $32.50), 6 to 8 p.m. March 21 and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 22, $65.

Johanne Killeen and George Germon, authors of On Top of Spaghetti (Morrow, $24.95). 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. April 21, $65.

Laura Werlin, author of The New American Cheese and Wine Book (Stewart, Chabori and Chang, $37.50), 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. May 26, $65.

To register, call (585) 394-7070. The New York Wine & Culinary Center is at 800 S. Main St., Canandaigua. For more information, go to www.nywcc.com

You can see a video of the opening of the New York Wine & Culinary Center on TasteTV here



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Monday, January 08, 2007

A 'chocolatey' midnight snack for dieters

This story is exactly why we at TasteTV moderate our dietas and stick to Mueslix, granola, and 70% cocoa chocolate.

Of course, that only works for certain chromosome pairings, from what we've read below:
"New Special K Chocolatey Delight cereal only works for women, or at least that's what its press release implies.

"What woman hasn't been there? It's late in the evening, the TV is on, and it's time for a little relaxation. Then, the desire for a delicious snack strikes; it's that critical time when even the best weight-management intentions can be easily derailed."

Kellogg's says it can keep women on a slimmer track with its new Special K variation, which features "lightly toasted rice cereal flakes with decadent chocolatey pieces," adding that when eaten with low-fat milk, it provides "a delicious, lower-calorie option," than most traditional midnight snacks.

First off, call us cynical, but when a normally yummy food ingredient's name is modified with a "y" at the end, there's a high probability it's made up of a lot of stuff only a research chemist can pronounce.

And secondly, we're thinking after few late-night bowls, you're going to be tempted to ditch the low-fat milk in favor of sprinkling this new Special K over a few heaping scoops of Cherry Garcia."


Via MSNBC


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Oddly Shaped Chocolate Santa



TasteTV has a disclaimer for this story...It's the news, we didn't make it up, it's not our idea, it's just how it is, and yes, it is a bit tasteless:

This chocolate santa bears a unique surprise. What do you get when you remove the wrapper? Is that...? It can't be...
To see what this Santa looks like without the wrapper, click here


Via Fun24/7

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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Sexy Chef Nominations

As a reminder, TasteTV is developing our newest program, called SEXY CHEFS, and you're the ones who make the nominations. Any city, any state, any country, just tell us who, where and why, and we'll do the rest on SEXY CHEFS!

Post Your Nominations below, and if you can, add links and pictures, and explain just why this chef is so darn sexy!


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72 Hours of Food TV

Even if you don't read the New Yorker, TasteTV recommends this great article about "the Rise of Food Television." Hmmm, now where could they have gotten the idea that there is more food programming these days? Read on:




TV DINNERS
The rise of food television.

"The first sign that I’d been unknowingly affected by cooking shows occurred on a Sunday morning when I realized I was talking to myself. I’d been making toast. “First, we cut our bread,” I whispered. “Do you know why?” I stopped what I was doing and looked up. “Let me tell you why.” It was eight-thirty. It was also Hour 25 of a seventy-two-hour commitment I’d made to watch continuous food television (sleeping only when the shows began repeating at midnight).

I’d begun the venture on a lark, curious about what I’d discover. This, for instance, is what I had learned about the hazelnut: “They grow on hazel trees. . . . They’re super-duper rich.” That was from the Food Network’s “Everyday Italian,” with Giada De Laurentiis. (The following week, on a show hosted by Sandra Lee, I heard, “Do you know when the first cheesecake was ever documented as being eaten or served? It was in 776, or 776 B.C., by the Greeks at the Olympics. Isn’t that pretty cool? Say that at a dinner party and everyone’s going to think you’re brilliant and well read.”) I don’t want to sound harsh—this wasn’t the History Channel—but, on the evidence, there was a surprisingly strong affinity between preparing food and talking baby talk."


read more from this really good New Yorker Article

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UK's Nanny State Madness



Cheese is to be treated as junk food under new advertising rules for children's television.

Commercials promoting it will be banned during children's TV programmes and those with a large proportion of young viewers. As reported by the Daily Mail:

The rules, which come into force this month, are part of a Government drive to reduce children's exposure to foods high in fat, salt and sugar.

Much to the disgust of its makers, cheese is to be regarded in the same light as crisps, sugary cereals and cheeseburgers.

In fact, under the criteria used by the Food Standards Agency to determine junk foods, such products are actually regarded as healthier than cheese.

The ban follows evidence that TV commercials have an indirect influence on what children eat and are contributing to obesity in the young."

read more if you're not too young for the topic

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