Happy New Year (a little late)

I think I have finally recovered from all the dinner parties, cooking  and house guests from the last 10 days.  I love my friends who come to stay with us, what I don’t like so much is my absolute inability to say:  No I will not have another drink and I will not stay up until 4 am again!  It was the holidays, and I was trying to be a good host 🙂

My friend and Urbanfoodguy reader Chris introduced me to a British cook who had her own very successful show: Fanny Cradock.   I’d never heard of before and immediately starting watching old Fanny Cradock videos on YouTube and went down the rabbit hole.

The most fascinating video I found was a documentary called: The Way We Cooked. Below is the first episode there are 7 they aren’t long and I found them very interesting and educational – it’s amazing how far we have come in our understanding and sensibilities about food and cooking:

(Before I found the above documentary about the reigning King and Queen of cooking shows: Fanny Cradock and Graham Kerr (aka the Galloping Gourmet) I watched an episode of Fanny making christmas cake. I have to say I was rather horrified. She looks like a 1950’s past her prime starlet who has morphing into a psychotic clown (what is up with the pasty white make up and those eye brows?)  My first impression about her was that she was a total monster.  I figured I was missing something.  In this video of her making Christmas cakes you have to watch for the spatula moment, I’m so glad I didn’t work for her!

The documentary does a good job of understanding the appeal of these two very opposite personalities.

As regular readers know I was a huge fan of the Galloping Gourmet when I was a little boy. One of the chef’s interviewed talks specifically about the appeal the show at with children, and what an impact it made, so much so some of them grew up to become chefs, or….Food Bloggers 😉

Here is a great example of classic Galloping Gourmet:

I hope you all had a fun, food filled and festive New Years even and that you have happy, healthy, prosperous new year filled with loved ones and of course good food!



About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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4 Responses to Happy New Year (a little late)

  1. Happy New Year! I too am fascinated by these TV cooks, clearly Fanny is my main obsession, but I love Graham too and so pleased he’s joined the world of Twitter and is engaging again! Best wishes for 2016…

  2. reelcharlie says:

    Urban Food Guy makes every holiday shine brighter! Happy 2016!

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