Reality Cooks and TV Dinners

[As we begin our 4th year with this website, let’s review a selection of milestone posts in our Central Coast Foodie project.]

Our friend and talented writer Margaret Lange has contributed several posts to our blog, including this one: a rumination on reality cooking shows.

Buck Rogers serialThe media mind who devised the combination reality show/competitive cooking show should get a Nobel Prize for entertainment. These shows capture the excitement of old-time Saturday matinee serials. My mother told me about them: every Saturday, she watched on the big screen as Buck Rogers faced danger and death. She wondered and worried all week about how he could possibly escape. Finally, Saturday would arrive and Buck would prove to be invincible once again, only to be thrown from the frying pan back into the fire. The delicious anticipation of finding out how he would survive kept her trolling alleys for bottles to exchange for enough pennies to see the next flick.
I find the anticipation extra delicious when the drama unfolds in the kitchens of the Top Chef catalogue of shows on Bravo TV and the Next Food Network Star on the Food Network. […]
— from “Reality Cooks and TV Dinners”  by Margaret Lange

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Margaret’s different take on foodie experiences expanded our Spice blog’s horizons that first month after we launched our site in December 2010. Mr. Spice and I met Margaret and her husband though our attendance at the meetings of the California Rare Fruit Growers.

Chef Lorena Garcia

On the bay-side deck of the Monterey Bay Aquarium during Cooking for Solutions in
May 2013, Chef Lorena Garcia demos the preparation of an easy shrimp dish


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