I also agree that I don't think Trisha is in this for money. It seems like almost everybody on FN has some other more lucrative "day job," like owning restaurants, catering, food writer, etc.
All food-related entities. When Paula Dean puts out a country album I'll be equally critical.
Maybe she does indeed make charitable donations from her FN earnings, but keeps it quiet. Having a show on FN seems like a "loss leader" for the network as the real rewards come from a share in the profits from sales of cookbooks, crappy cookware and gadgets, etc. Not to mention advertising.
If so, why be quiet about it? Who, in their right mind, would go on The View, promote the cookbooks, give one to each audience member and not mention that the proceeds went to charity? It would only increase sales and offer more support to the charity. No publisher or PR person would ever allow this. How can a show that makes money from advertising be a "loss leader"?
That woman today was the worst. Seriously, she didn't know which END of a stalk of asparagus you cut off?
Yet these are the people she chooses to put on a cooking show. But when the host doesn't even know which end of the lemon to put in the squeezer, what can one expect from the teacher.
Also, Trisha, in the role of cooking instructor, was doing her friend a great disservice by insisting that she "eyeball" everything. What's the aversion to measuring?
I don't see it as an aversion, I see it as incompetence. Measuring is critical in baking. But since Trisha has no training in cooking/baking she doesn't know better. Yet she feels qualified to put on a cooking show. I'm thinking of taking up brain surgery. How hard can that be? You just cut open the skull and take out the nasty bits.
I consider her cooking skills and recipes right up there with Sandra Lee. Only Trish is much, much more likeable.
But other than that I don't see much difference between the two:
* Untrained cooks? Check.
* Seasoning packets? Check.
* Canned soups? Check.
* Cross-contamination? Check.
* Clueless friends in the kitchen? Check.
* Bastardized recipes available elsewhere? Check.
* Pre-packaged foods when fresh would be cheaper? Check.
* Tablescapes? Nope, Sandy's got Trish beat on this one.
Edited by Xingu, Nov 17, 2012 @ 10:27 PM.