I used to watch a lot of cooking/food shows on TV before I went 811rv about 5 months ago. Lately though I still find myself watching some shows...
It is difficult to watch a cooking show if they are using any meat because then I start thinking about where it came from and such, but other times it's less apparent if the show is not entirely focused on the food. For example: I like watching Dinner Impossible. This show is not really focused on the food. It's about the crazy circumstances and things the cooks have to do on a given episode to meet the demands of place they are cooking for.
I also like watching Good Eats as the host is entertaining, especially when the episode is focused on fruit. The host Alton Brown likes to talk more about the history and culture of the food and when the episode is focused on fruit this is pretty neat.
This is how I feel, but then I start to wonder. Is just watching a cooking show where 99% of the time they are cooking meat and diary mean that I'm supporting this by giving the channel ratings? I'm not sure what to think, but I always start to ponder to myself when I see any food on TV. I definitely view food on TV differently now that I'm a vegan.
What do y'all think?
I think possibly the most enthralling show you could see on television is: A pile of banana peels atop the corpse of a television that has been smashed into pieces by a sledgehammer welded by one who has liberated their mind; cutting off yet another link of the heavy chain which keeps them tied down to the sheep pen.
As Aesop Rock wrote:
plug it in, turn it on, prop me up against the couch
lights out, I ain't ever gonna have to leave my house
satellite dish, get up on my wish list, turn me to a tyrant
let my clean spirit dissolve through the appliance
plug it in, turn it on, be my mother when she's gone, great
wipe the spittle off my chinny-chin during the breaks
if I gotta go blind I'mma do it for the love of all television kind
and that's fine, and that's fine...
plug it in, turn it on, let my little eyes glaze
twenty screens lined up along the borders of the maze
I wanna see the five day forecast, fourteen days in advance
so I can get my two weeks notice every time the sun dance
plug it in, turn it on, silent fix better than nothing
let a once divine soul feel the functions of the hypnotist
the viciousness, ridiculous, peaking a dummy's interest
touch the power button meet your maker, ain't that something?
plug it in, turn it on, say goodbye to Sunday afternoon
fix the antenna, sit back and let disaster bloom
it's a beautiful sight, with a most ugly intention
but I taste it everyday and bathe inside the consequences
plug it in, turn it on, never once have you talked back to me
your majesty, I love you, I despise you
my everyday is sitcom, soaps, news, bad dramatization
come along with me, my friend for the most glorious sensation
This lifestyle has pulled me away from the TV. I was a chronic TV watcher ALL my life! I don't watch TV anymore and I can't really understand why, it's just not that appealing to me anymore. I loved those cooking shows, I used to watch em all the time ; )
i used to watch a lot of cooking shows when i was anorexic. it made me feel closer to the food that i knew i 'couldnt' have.
surprisingly enough, i have seen several shows about anorexics in which they do the exact same thing. i had no idea. some of them even prepared meals for their families, every single night, eben though they, themselves would never even taste the food. i used to do the same thing. constantly looking up recipes, looking at food pictures, watching tv shows, and wanting to be NEAR food (preparing it, smelling, near other people eating) because i was depriving myself ...
i dont know if this has anything to do with you (probably not since you state you loved these shows before going vegan) but i just find it interesting that you would want to watch cooking shows (even if its 'not about the food') that arent cooking anything you would eat.
i mean, if you must watch tv, there are many other shows that are entertaining/have charismatic hosts, etc.