Since Michael Chiarello has been moved to no cook's land on the Food Network - 7 am on weekend mornings and 11:30 am during the week - I've been keeping in touch with the flawless chef by means of his NapaStyle newsletter, which comes to my inbox with great frequency.
You may remember that I am the fortunate owner of a spectacular knife holder from NapaStyle that I use with great jubilation. (The sad thing is I'm not kidding. I really do exult everytime a knife or long skewer is required.)
Anyway, I noticed a blurb on pizzas in this newest newsletter. MC was trying to sell his outdoor pizza oven, which I'm not in the market for, but this recipe looks great.
Michael also has what looks to be many hundreds of recipes on this online catalog site, which are beautifully organized by courses, ingredients and other specifications as well. It's actually very easy to use and rather impressive. I know he's trying to sell us stuff, but he's doing a good job at getting alot of information across.
There is a fairly rudimentary blog too, where Michael talks about what's going on, business-wise mainly (DARN!), but he DOES mention that he's working on a new television show. I'm thinking it won't be on the Food Network, but who knows?
Is it a shame that a chef we've come to know from the Food Network is shilling his wares in a catalog and website? For me, no, I'll take him any way I can get him...