I know the recipe posts and foodie reviews on my blog always go down well so I thought I give you a sneaky peek of July's Programme Highlights on The Food Network (Freesat channel 405 and +1 on 406 and Sky channel 262 and +1 on 263). There are some brand new series coming up that look well worth watching. Read on for more details :
This month Food Network prepares a special treat for Italian food lovers - premiere of two brand new shows: Extra Virgin and Lidia's Italy.
Lidia’s Italy, Series 4 *New Series*
Weekdays (Double Bill), at 12pm & 6pm, from Wednesday 13th July
Leave the UK behind, and join Lidia Bastianich as she travels down the Italian coast meeting the country’s wonderful cooks, winemakers, prosciutto makers and others. Watch as she then welcomes viewers to her rustic kitchen; where she re-creates classic Italian dishes taken from her travels, adding her own unique twist. You will absolutely believe her closing mantra that her kitchen is your kitchen...
In the first episode of this Emmy-nominated series, the beloved chef travels around southern Calabria, where the humble pepper is king. She stops off at the location where Ulysses himself got lost on his travels, taking the viewer with her to understand a little more about the region’s rich cultural history – with a spot of haggling for deliciously fresh swordfish along the way.
Extra Virgin, Series 1 * New Series*
Weekdays at 12pm & 6.30pm, from Monday 4th July
She's a modern girl from the streets of Queens and he's a food purist from the hills of Tuscany. Seasoned New-Yorker actress Debi Mazar (GoodFellas, Entourage series) and her Italian husband, Gabriele Corcos, invite you into their home as they share tremendous passion for classic Tuscan food and each other, whilst providing important lessons that you just won't find in your average cookbook.
In Holy Guacamole, the premiere episode of the series, Gabriele is determined to bring Tuscany to their home in Los Angeles, bringing out his inner handy man by building a traditional pizza oven in their back yard. Debbi shows some of her own Italian passion as she does her best to assist with sous chef duties, but ends up giving viewers advice on using guacamole as part of her beauty regime –from the bath!
Three Sheets...and a Drunken Monkey, Series 1 &2 *New Series*
Weekdays, at 11pm, from Monday 4th July (S1) & Friday 8th July (S2)
The first episode takes Zane to Moscow, where in his own words he; “drinks vodka, beer and a guy hits me repeatedly with a branch...” All will become clear when you watch! He breaks down how Russians enjoy their favourite drinks, joins in with the locals in watering holes and houses around Russia and trying out everything from Vodka to moonshine.
Tailgate Warriors with Guy Fieri *New Series*
Saturdays at 10pm, from 2nd July
One episode sees football team rivalry heat up as East meets West in the car park, with the 49ers taking on the San Fransisco Raiders. The teams compete to impress the judging panel, to see who can pull off the tastiest ribs in just one hour. It’s a taste test against time!
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