Mark Bittman’s Rehashed The Minimalist on Cooking Channel

I was soo excited to begin watching the new Mark Bittman new cooking show, The Minimalist on the Cooking Channel.

I dvr’d it this AM and just sat down to watch it. It begins with “Here we are again, spring time means softshell crabs” – he then refers the viewer to watch last seasons’ video for info on cleaning soft shell crabs yourself, and then the previously recorded clip plays. Hmm. It sounded a little awkward for a first show; then I noticed that the video quality didn’t look as “polished” as most TV cooking shows. It immediately made me think of his Minimalist video podcast.

So, I googled and found his old pasta with soft shell crab video on the NY Times:

http://video.nytimes.com/video/2008/05/27/dining/1194817098569/pasta-with-soft-shell-crabs.html

So, FYI everyone, I love Mark Bittman, but his new show the Minimalist is not NEW, it’s just rehashed and re-edited old videos from the NY Times. Not that that is a bad thing, it’s just that it shouldn’t be confused with a brand new production.

Truthfully, the old Minimalist videos are great, so it’s actually a wonderful idea to recycle them so they can now been seen by a wider audience! I like that multiple videos are edited together to form a episode theme. First show is Pasta, then Asian, Steak, Latin, and lastly seafood.

I’m a huge Mark Bittman fan, and I admit I’m disappointed that the show is not a new production, but I will continue to watch his Cooking Channel show. The instruction is detailed but easy to understand, and there is a lot to learn from him. I never really thought about soft shell crab, and I was intrigued to find out that they can be eaten whole!

PS. Mark Bittman has a new(ish) book “The Food Matters Cookbook: 500 Revolutionary Recipes for Better Living” along with other wonderfully simple and healthy books! Check ’em out at your local library!

3 thoughts on “Mark Bittman’s Rehashed The Minimalist on Cooking Channel”

  1. This is typical of Scripps Network. They created the “Cooking Channel” out of a handfull of new shows and everything they had in the bottom of the filing cabinet from the shows they’d stopped running on the “Food Network”. and then hope you won’t remember them from before.
    Of course, not any worse than the amateurs over at Public Television who have recycled the same cooking shows over and over eternally. (great incentive for me each year to buy the DVD of “America’s Test Kitchen” … and it forced me to buy all of “Last of the Summer wine” from real BBC in England because they drop all the regular shows for up to two weeks at a time whilst they disgorge their idiotic “specials” for their “pledge weeks” -sigh- jccampb

  2. Thanks for your comment, John.

    I don’t mind the older repeats, especially the old Jamie Oliver shows. I would welcome more of his UK shows on the Cooking Channel! There is always something new to learn even if the shows are old.

    I just have a problem with them promoting the bittman show as NEW when in fact, it’s just recycled vidcasts.

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