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Old 08-24-2012, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I have a few that come to mind: the first would have to be James Beard, no doubt, followed by Julia and yes, the galloping gourmet. Noq, another that could have been famous, but wasn't would be my own dad. He taught me so many tricks to cooking, including how to make a rue and what it was, how to make hollandiase sause, and how to cut a chicken.

There are a few on the food network I really like, but I don't think they have really made a impact on me: one is Melissa on $10 meals. I love Ina but as for Martha, I have never liked her, personally or her cooking. Years ago, in her hay day, I saw her measure salt over the batter. That is a no no from day one. If the salt box slips, even a little (this goes for soda, baking powder, etc) the entire batter is ruined. It showed me she knows nothing about cooking...At least that is how I see it, but it is only my opinion.

Nita
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Old 08-24-2012, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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The only time that I ever took a recipe from Martha Stewart is when she had Lydia Bas*tianich on her show and Martha helped her make this recipe, which I've been making for upwards of 10 years now:

//www.city-data.com/forum/recip...mushrooms.html

I know someone who worked for Lydia, in one of her NYC restaurants. He was the sommelier. He said that she is pure evil. And that her son (you know him from all the cooking shows now, where he judges beside Gordon Ramsay), Joe Bas*tianich, is equally evil.

Bulldog: What does "bas*tianich" mean in English? I'm sure it's some sort of take-off on "bastard."

Note: I added that * in their name so that if they google themselves, they won't find this and come beat me to a pulp.

ANYWAY.

I can't say that there's any ONE chef who has had an impact on my cooking style, but I have learned a lot of neat tips from a bunch of them, even from Rachael Ray (grating garlic right onto the dish you're cooking).

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Old 08-24-2012, 10:17 AM
 
Location: South Bay Native
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I know someone who worked for Lydia, in one of her NYC restaurants. He was the sommelier. He said that she is pure evil. And that her son (you know him from all the cooking shows now, where he judges beside Gordon Ramsay), Joe Bas*tianich, is equally evil.
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I was onto Joe B the first time I saw him. The guy has two expressions - aloof "I'm better than all of you" smirk, and shooting daggers. I guess it makes sense that his mother is evil too, wow. Well, what goes around comes around - my son calls Lydia the comb-over lady. I guess "Nana" the old bat is the queen that spawned all the demonic hatchlings.
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Old 08-24-2012, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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My mom! Best cook in the world.
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Old 08-24-2012, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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My mom! Best cook in the world.
Best answer in the world.
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Old 08-24-2012, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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I can't say that I cook like Jacques Pepin, but he is the one I channel- "What would Jacques Pepin do?". When I baked an apple galette for the first time I used his recipe and it came out beautifully.
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Old 08-25-2012, 04:55 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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The only time that I ever took a recipe from Martha Stewart is when she had Lydia Bas*tianich on her show and Martha helped her make this recipe, which I've been making for upwards of 10 years now:

//www.city-data.com/forum/recip...mushrooms.html

I know someone who worked for Lydia, in one of her NYC restaurants. He was the sommelier. He said that she is pure evil. And that her son (you know him from all the cooking shows now, where he judges beside Gordon Ramsay), Joe Bas*tianich, is equally evil.

Bulldog: What does "bas*tianich" mean in English? I'm sure it's some sort of take-off on "bastard."

Note: I added that * in their name so that if they google themselves, they won't find this and come beat me to a pulp.

ANYWAY.

I can't say that there's any ONE chef who has had an impact on my cooking style, but I have learned a lot of neat tips from a bunch of them, even from Rachael Ray (grating garlic right onto the dish you're cooking).
I am inclined to agree with you: It isn't so much the style but the little hints and an occassional recipe we pick up from others. I pick up a hint here and there almost weekly from watching the food Network and I have been cooking longer than most of you have been alive.
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Old 08-25-2012, 07:55 AM
 
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My grand mother, my mom, Emeril Lagasse, Bobby Flay and Mario Batalli (sp). Learned a lot of tips, short cuts, proper use of spices, good equipment (utensils, pots and pans), types of meats and cheeses that can be used in different types of dishes, smoking and BBQ techniques, cooking times for meats (rare, medium rare, medium medium well).
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Old 08-25-2012, 11:33 AM
 
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The only time that I ever took a recipe from Martha Stewart is when she had Lydia Bas*tianich on her show and Martha helped her make this recipe, which I've been making for upwards of 10 years now:

//www.city-data.com/forum/recip...mushrooms.html

I know someone who worked for Lydia, in one of her NYC restaurants. He was the sommelier. He said that she is pure evil. And that her son (you know him from all the cooking shows now, where he judges beside Gordon Ramsay), Joe Bas*tianich, is equally evil.

Bulldog: What does "bas*tianich" mean in English? I'm sure it's some sort of take-off on "bastard."

Note: I added that * in their name so that if they google themselves, they won't find this and come beat me to a pulp.

ANYWAY.

I can't say that there's any ONE chef who has had an impact on my cooking style, but I have learned a lot of neat tips from a bunch of them, even from Rachael Ray (grating garlic right onto the dish you're cooking).
Well not sure on Lidia's surname but it sounds real close to the Italian Bastiano which is a derivative of Sebastian in Latin. I believe this is her married name. I like her cooking but it is very different from the Sicilian/Southern type I am used to from my mothers side of the family.
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Old 08-25-2012, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles>Little Rock>Houston>Little Rock
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Graham Kerr, the Galloping Gourmet. He never took himself too seriously and made cooking fun.

Graham Kerr - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I used to roll on the floor laughing at him getting tipsy while cooking. My mom and I watched him together. The first fancy thing I ever made was his recipe for Pots de Creme.

Anyway, other than my Mom, I guess I am most influenced by Ina Garten.
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