Twenty years have passed as of this month since the inception of the Food Network, and there have been TV specials, congratulations all around, and so forth. Many of the shows on this cable channel have come and gone, all serving the dual purpose of entertaining and educating the viewers in regard to all sorts of cuisine. For some people, whether they can cook with ease or only sit there and drool, it’s been a joyous fantasy to imagine being able to turn any number of ingredients into a fine feast.
A great many of these shows, however, do not meet the desires or requirements of a growing number of the population today. Those who are aficionados of natural and organic foods are not some cave-dwelling weirdos who never watch television or barbecue or have parties. They, also, would love to see someone on the screen who tells them of more interesting methods of making their wholesome foods into delicious gourmet meals. Particularly when the rest of the family is not “into” natural nutrition, no matter what the age group, more skill and work is needed to convince these reluctant palates to at least try something good for them. Disguise may be required, or at least some transformation, to change something like an eggplant into a dish both perceived and found to be flavorful.
Please read this, oh Powers-That-Be at the Food Network! We who scorn buckets of butter in our foods, who would starve before consuming packaged potatoes, are worthy of your consideration. Those long lines in natural food stores are comprised of not just some over-the-hill hippies. They also watch cable shows and are just waiting for someone to pitch to them also. Where are the organic gardeners who take their produce from the backyard to the kitchen? How about those who raise their own free-range chickens and milk their own goats? Is there any revenue, do you producers suppose, in showing the viewing audience at home how to make their own Greek yogurt and turn that product into any number of other foods?
The answer is yes: a lot of shows could be produced based on the quest for homemade natural cuisine. Fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs, straight from the garden don’t merely end up as-is on the plate after having the mud washed off. Nor do natural meats, fish, or dairy products show up from nowhere and then magically become delicious meals all by themselves. People want to buy these products or even make or grow their own. That’s not enough, though—they need to know how to live off such foods, not surrendering taste for quality and healthiness.
More people would surely grow or buy natural foods if such shows were aired. Look how many rush out to grab the latest cookbook or kitchen gadget after seeing it on the Food Network or other cooking or food oriented shows. Millions in sales could result, Food Network gurus, if you’ll just give it a shot. Additionally, more and more fans would be hooked on such programs and merchandise spinoffs. Can the health-conscious population be ignored any longer?