Where does it come from? Probably this guy:
Yes, a certain Mr. Alton Brown. Anyone who's caught more than a few episodes of his landmark TV show, Good Eats, knows what I'm talking about. It's part sketch comedy, part Mr. Wizard-style food science, part cooking show and a blast to watch. Shauna and I have been watching it quite a bit lately (at my insistence more than hers) and we're getting inspiration. You know, to make crepes. Or carve up our own tenderloin. Perhaps try out some exotic kinds of oats. You know, stuff we probably wouldn't have even thought to do beforehand.
If you don't have cable to see it on Food Network, don't fret: you can grab whole seasons of it on DVD from your favorite retailer or rental place. Or borrow some from a foodie friend. Whatever you do, watch at least a few episodes and experience what could arguably be the perfect meeting of entertainment and food preparation. I get hungry just thinking about it.