Feedback from our readers
I love that District 9 has been getting so much attention lately (”Out of This World!”). Your cover was so eye-catching, and this is the perfect way for people to recognize that not every movie is based on robots or teenage wizards. A lot of other unconventional films have come out this summer, like (500) Days of Summer and Moon, and it’s been great watching them move into the public eye.
Diablo Cody has an ear for snappy dialogue and a good memory for pop culture gemstones (Binge Thinking), but I wish she’d use her indie cred to highlight things that aren’t totally lame. Paris Hilton? 90210? Rock of Love Bus? Ms. Cody: Please use your gifts for the betterment of humanity instead of helping to bring about the apocalypse!
There were great choices across the board in ”Your Guide to the Best Food Shows,” but what about Food Network Challenge? In the series, cake artists must construct confections that defy gravity and please the dominatrix of decorating, Kerry Vincent. Each installment has so much blood, sweat, and tears, it’s like Ultimate Fighting but with flour, frosting, and fondant.
Chopped has my vote: It’s crisply edited and full of suspense, with one contestant eliminated after each course. Gummi Bears in a dessert course? These skilled chefs have done it.
More Food-TV Fixes
Steamed that your favorite program didn’t make the cut in our food-TV package? Below, a sampling of other unsung culinary delights sorely missed by readers.
Man vs. Food (Travel Channel)
”Adam Richman’s boyish antics have made my family devotees. We now have a restaurant itinerary ready should we ever visit Seattle. Or San Antonio. Or Denver.” —Dianne Vogel, Commack, N.Y.
The F Word (BBC America)
”A much calmer Gordon Ramsay teaching us useful things about cooking is preferable to his amped-for-the-Yanks anger on Hell’s Kitchen.” —Chris Lambert, Fishers, Ind.
Cake Boss (TLC)
”I know it’s new, but it just got picked up for another season and should’ve been shown more love. You’ve got some serious cannolis leaving it out!” —Randy Raab, East Hanover, N.J.
Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern (Travel Channel)
”It may seem like a food freak show on the surface, but the best way to learn about a culture is to see what’s on the table.” —JP Abello, Washington, D.C.