That said, I do think that cooking shows can sometimes have the unintended effect of making good food feel unattainable, impractical, and expensive to the amateur cook. After all, the food you see on television is always beautiful (thanks to a small army of on-set food stylists) and often prepared with high-tech, pricey equipment by trained professionals. It's easy to watch Bobby Flay pour foie gras-infused custard into the Iron Chef America industrial ice cream machine and think to yourself, "Yeah . . . no."