Hit the road for eye-open­ing fare on Cook­ing Chan­nel and Food Net­work

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Tasty Tv - BY GE­ORGE DICKIE

Among the many re­wards of travel are the new foods and cuisines you get to try to along the way.

Go to any corner of the coun­try and you’ll find a food that re­gion spe­cial­izes in, be it Ca­jun and Cre­ole in New Or­leans, bar­be­cue in Texas, steak in Kansas City or seafood in New Eng­land. So if you’re hit­ting the road this sum­mer, a num­ber of shows on Cook­ing Chan­nel and Food Net­work can give you a few ideas of what’s out there.

Sun­day, July 7, on Cook­ing, host Noah Cappe’s tours of state and county fairs on “Car­ni­val Eats” takes him to the Arkansas State Fair in Lit­tle Rock to try a rolled ice­cream treat known as the Rain­bow Roll and a deep-fried pina co­lada (yes, re­ally), then heads to Dade City, Fla., to chow down on the sausage pizza corn dog – which is ex­actly what it sounds like.

Ear­lier that day on Food Net­work, the fare is con­sid­er­ably more ex­otic on “Gi­ada in Italy,” which finds host Gi­ada De Lau­ren­tiis tak­ing in the best the is­land of Capri has to of­fer, then head­ing to the kitchen to cre­ate a limon­cello and al­mond bis­cotti, torta cap­rese and ri­cotta gelato toast. Delizioso!

On Tues­day, July 9, on Cook­ing, “Man v. Food” host Casey Webb’s trav­els take him to the port city of Wilm­ing­ton, N.C., where he takes on an un­de­feated ad­ver­sary in the Pierogi Team Chal­lenge. Also on his itin­er­ary are a bar­be­cue bo­nanza and a bur­rito de­scribed as “bonkers.”

The next night, Wed­nes­day, July 10, on Cook­ing, An­drew Zim­mern of “De­li­cious Des­ti­na­tions” turns up in Shang­hai, China, where he in­tro­duces view­ers to pop­u­lar lo­cal dishes such as a creamy hairy crab, pork­filled dumplings, rice wine-soaked chicken and scal­lion pan­cakes.

Also that night on Cook­ing is the sea­son fi­nale of “Man Fire Food,” in which host Roger Mook­ing par­tic­i­pates in a fish roast in Breaux Bridge, La., and makes a dish called ribs al pas­tor in Bak­ers­field, Calif., where he also fries fish.

Fri­day, July 12, on Food, Guy Fieri’s sur­vey of “Din­ers, Drive-Ins & Dives” takes on an in­ter­na­tional flair as he tries Thai and Cuban fare in Wilm­ing­ton, Del., Hawai­ian food at a tiki joint Kauai and Le­banese at a place in San Diego.

Then Satur­day, July 13, on Cook­ing it’s a twin bill of “BBQ Pit­mas­ters,” which starts off with Lee Ann and My­ron tak­ing on all com­ers in the Mur­phys­boro (Ill.) Bar­be­cue Cook-Off. Immediatel­y fol­low­ing, they’re in Kansas City, Mo., to com­pete in the Amer­i­can Royal Open, where more than 500 pro­fes­sional and am­a­teur bar­be­cue vie for over $40,000 in prizes.

Gi­ada De Lau­ren­tiis

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