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Is Good Eats a "Boys" Show?
Wednesday, August 16, 2006 | posted by Mike

Good EatsI’ve been kicking around some thoughts about gender and cooking ever since we posted that review of Heat, which stated that we really only got interested in cooking as an art form once men got involved. Is there “male cooking” and “female cooking?” If so, are there “male shows” and “female shows?” Sandra Lee and Duff Goldman both make cakes, but there sure is a heck of a difference between those two.

What really got me thinking was an article in the Lansing State Journal that proclaimed Good Eats one of five “good shows for boys.”
3. "Good Eats" — Another perfect combination: Science and food. Host Alton Brown skillfully mixes science facts with cooking, making the entire mixture the most entertaining show on the Food Network. In case you haven't figured it out yet, my son likes science. Of course, we'd actually eat very little of what Brown makes, but we like watching the process anyway.
Anyone have thoughts on this? The writer mentions the fact that science is involved, and that’s just the kind of gender stereotyping that has caused girls to fall behind boys in subjects like science. Do any of you watch with your kids, and do you see gender preferences in which shows they like?

Also: ”We’d actually eat very little of what Brown makes…” Really?!? Good Eats is one of the shows where I would probably eat just about anything they make. It’s a distinct possibility that this guy just has no idea what he’s talking about.



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