R.I.P. Mr. Food: "Oh, It's Sooooo Sad!"

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One of the best things about being a kid and waking up early for school -- at least for me -- was seeing what Mr. Food was going to be cooking on KPRC Channel 2 in the morning, and hearing his ending tag, "Oh, it's sooooo good!" -- a phrase which I would repeat as a child every time the family cooked something, to everyone's annoyance.

Art Ginsburg, known as Mr. Food, passed away this week in Florida after a bout with pancreatic cancer at the age of 81.

He was sort of like Mr. Wizard except for fanciful soufflés and baked chicken (and he never secretly beat his guests when the camera was off).

I never actually set out to make anything he showed us, because he never made macaroni and cheese with chopped-up hot dogs in it. But I am sure he would have had a great recipe for it.

According to The New York Times, he published 52 Mr. Food-related cookbooks which sold almost 8 million copies. He got his start on an upstate New York morning show, and would go on to be syndicated to 168 markets, including Houston.

The Mr. Food empire lives on with his official site, and he no doubt inspired plenty of chefs and food writers to do their thing. Had I not had the predilection to eat while cooking, maybe I could have been Mr. Food.

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