“LIFE IS A MATTER OF TASTE…”

That was David Rosengarten’s closing line in his wonderful show “Taste,” years ago on FoodTV. Each episode centered around one dish, prepared by David while he talked about its origins, variations, and ultimately, his method to flawlessly reproduce it in your own kitchen. It was a simple format, but it delivered everything I expected from a cooking show. He almost always remained true to the classics. For instance, his shows on quiche Lorraine, cheese souffle and croissants were all based on recipes from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. But sometimes he would wander off in new directions: his interesting show on “Compromise Clam Chowder” was an example of his gastronomic rebellion. After explaining the differences between the New England and Manhattan methods for chowder, he offered his own version, borrowing a little bit from each. Similarly, his macaroni and cheese included a few “extras” to make the dish less monotonous, and it was absolutely delicious.

Through his show I learned about many exotic dishes such as laarb, before I even had a chance to try it in a restaurant. And, I stopped twisting my nose at offal, because David Rosengarten’s recipes were perfect for any palate. From him I learned how to cook pork ribs in a stove-top smoker, mimicking as closely as possible the best ribs of Memphis, one of the homes of barbecue. I loved watching him prepare Brazilian moqueca, even if his pronunciation of the state of its origin (Bahia) was a little off ;-). His show was classy, informative and fun, and I was sad to see it end.

So, I guess you can imagine how I felt when I received an email from Daniel Boneville, who just produced a video with David, and sent me the link. If you’ve also been suffering from Rosengarten-withdrawal syndrome, allow me to ease your pain, and I cross my fingers that this is just the first of a very long series!

Click here for the one and only David Rosengarten, on a quest to re-create his favorite tomato sauce…

With many thanks to Daniel Boneville….

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17 thoughts on ““LIFE IS A MATTER OF TASTE…”

  1. Sally – you’ve made me so happy! i LOVE David Rosengarten and was just telling someone about him the other day. what a great looking show – I hope to see it on TV (or online) soon!

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  2. Loved the video! My wife was a big fan and got me hooked on his show! I agree he’s missed! Have to make a trip to Da Bronx and shop on Arthur Avenue, haven’t been for awhile! He also ate in Stella Ristorante, we haven’t eaten there in years, must return! It’s just over the Queens/Long Island border near us. And then he was shopping in Iavarrone’s where we frequently go for fresh pastas, veggies, bread and wonderful baked goods! Great butcher and deli too!

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  3. David Rosengarten was an icon of FoodTV, truly an inspiration to cook at every viewing. He was the only reason that I originally tuned in to the network, just to hear his informed explanations of food that I wanted to know more about. He transformed me from someone who cooked from necessity to a person who cooks for pleasure and satisfaction!

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  4. David Rosengarten’s show was my favourite on Food Network. Thank you for the link, I am sharing it on my FB profile.

    I am definitely making that sauce soon :))

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  5. What a pleasure to watch David again. DH and I loved his show on the good years of Food Network. His theater background and sense of humor made his food show so much more than just education.

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  6. I love David Rosengarten, I miss his food shows. So glad to see he did this. I learned alot as always from him. Can’t wait to make some “Sauce”

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  7. Oh, I was (am) a huge fan of David Rosengarten, so glad I found your blog and the link to his video

    Please post again if he has another one!

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  8. Thank you, folks!

    I am glad you all enjoyed the video – I do hope he will be in the “new” Food Channel, that promises to be more oriented towards “cooking” and less towards “entertainment”

    (I will believe it when only I see it, though… πŸ˜‰

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  9. THANK YOU!!!!!!! YES LETS START BRING BACK DAVID ROSENGARTEN
    MOVEMENT. FOOD NETWORK IS NOT THE SAME. I MAKE HIS APPLE PIE EVERY HOLIDAY SEASON, AND ITS ALWAYS A BIG HIT. AND I USE THE PIE CRUST RECIPE FOR EVERY PIE.

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