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July 4th, 2003

How to Boil Water

There’s a new cooking show in town… or, at least, on my TV… that I like. It’s How to Boil Water on the Food Network.

I was a bit skeptical at first, but came to like it. The show teaches super basics of cooking and baking, stuff that you really should know going forward. The premise? A real chef and a total novice make the same dish, with Chef Frederic teaching co-host Lynn Koplitz how to do it properly. There are some nice, practical tips here and there. It’s no substitute for a real live cooking instructor or teacher, but helps with the basics.

I’ll be on Iron Chef in weeks. Just you wait.

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FROM: Ryan
DATE: Friday July 4, 2003 -- 1:55:57 am
That reminds me of a book my mom bought me a few years back: Absolute Beginner's Cookbook, Revised 3rd Edition: Or How Long Do I Cook a 3 Minute Egg?. Even now, with some cooking experience under my belt, I find myself referring to it pretty frequently to refresh myself on the basics.

FROM: Chris
DATE: Friday July 4, 2003 -- 9:36:31 am
I got Alton Brown's Book, I'm Just Here For The Food, for Father's Day. His show is one right before How to Boil Water on Saturday or Sunday mornings - I forget which.

FROM: Game Show Man Joe [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday July 4, 2003 -- 10:01:29 pm
That would be Good Eats, one of the best shows on the Food Network, period. It's basically a cross between Mr. Wizard's World and a cooking show with a massive dose of Brown's infectious brand of humor, focusing on the science of food and cooking.

Terribly entertaining show.

FROM: Greg C
DATE: Tuesday July 8, 2003 -- 12:19:15 pm
How to Boil Water is *NOT* new. I watched it when my cable system first got TV Food Network (now called FoodTV) back about 7 or 8 years ago.

It looks like they replaced BOTH people on the show. The old host was a standup comedian, and the chef would tell him what to do. He was a complete moron, and the chef didn't want to be on there (you could tell). She was cute, though.

FROM: karen campbell
DATE: Sunday January 18, 2004 -- 11:14:37 am
why was lynn koplitz replaced on 'how to boil water'

FROM: Paul
DATE: Sunday January 18, 2004 -- 11:20:20 am
Given that this is the official site for the show, I'm not sure.

FROM: pot rost
DATE: Monday January 26, 2004 -- 5:54:02 pm

FROM: Paul
DATE: Monday January 26, 2004 -- 6:03:58 pm
The Daily Ping is also not a search engine. If you put a recipe name in the "Name:" box, you'll just look stupid.

FROM: Vezz [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday October 22, 2004 -- 4:59:15 pm
what is that crazy girl doing cooking on this web site. What went wrong with the show. I guess I see what now.
so stupid acting????

FROM: Sammy Reed
DATE: Friday October 22, 2004 -- 11:19:49 pm
I remember this show being on what was then called the "TV Food Network" since it began in 1994. Now am I a complete ignoramus, or wasn't the first host of this show none other than Emiril? The first time I remember seeing him on that channel was as the host of "How to Boil Water", I'm sure of it! This was before he had that show we all know about.
On a related note, remember when they showed reruns of "The James Beard Show"? From what I found out, it was originally on from 1963-64. I was hoping Joan McCormick would have her hair down JUST ONCE! Some of those gals they had as guest housewives or something (they had 3 different women every week) were cute though. And Joan McCormick was the producer!
Then when they had time to kill at the end of the show they had an interview with somebody who sometimes had zero to do with cooking - the most infamous example I saw was when they interviewed -ulp-a summer stock actor.
I wish they'd rerun that show again. That was really something!

FROM: natis [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday October 23, 2004 -- 10:40:27 am
The comedian was Sean Donnellan and the cooking instructor was Cathy Lowe. It was much better than the newer version.

FROM: Jess [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday December 23, 2004 -- 11:25:26 am
Are you kidding, how to boil water is a total rip off of
The chef with the heavy accent and the dumb girl, even the outfits are identical. and the electric green back drop. come on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
But wkae n bake is funny, unlike how to boil water it is so dry and no chemistry- and that part they could not copy.

FROM: Reason
DATE: Sunday March 27, 2005 -- 11:38:01 pm
Word, how to boil water was the best cooking show ever made, i still remember the theme song, it was some sort of wind instrument, damn, wish i could see an episode like back in the day.

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