Wednesday, May 14, 2008

That Spicy Marinara IS hot!

For my Sex and Media class last week, we read this awesome article about the Food Network's striking similarities to porn. If you want to waste some of your workday today, I highly recommend it, if just for passages like this:

"Giada prepared some Italian cookies. As usual, she dressed in a tight, sleeveless top. 'Now I can touch the dough and elongate it,' she said. 'I’m getting it all over my fingers.' When Giada squeezed a lemon, the camera moved in for a closeup of the abundant yellow stream. 'All that juice,' came Giada’s thick voiceover."

After our class discussion, we watched this Nigella Lawson clip called Solitary Sensations (hey, that sounds familiar...), which left everyone sort of sweaty and shifting uncomfortably in their chairs:



Gosh, the things they put me through to get a degree...

25 comments:

lenny said...

oh my god its so true!!

cybill said...

I blame Nigella! Food was quite innocent until she made it saucy (yes I made a food pun)

Pamcasso said...

That explains my ex-bf's obsession with Giada. I love cooking italian and so I sometimes use her recipes. I used to watch her show but her boobs get in the way.
I felt silly being annoyed with her boobs and covetable anthropologie wardrobe, and then one of my best friends said she thought her boobs are annoying too.

pretty face said...

I <3 Nigellla. Once I saw an episode where she was hosting a christmas party, then in the middle of the night, got up with a hangover so made some elaborate mexican soup from scratch to sooth it...

ro said...

Lucky you! All we did in my sex class in college was play penis bingo (not as fun as it sounds).

On the plus side, my professor's name was Dr. Moan. I am not even kidding.

WendyB said...

Isn't this what uptight homophobes fear? "If we allow gay marriage, next we'll have to allow marriage with animals...and...and...FOOD!"

E said...

There's an on-going joke in the culinary world that we "food sluts" all training for our pornographic debut...

I love your blog, Miss Winona!

Dressed and Pressed said...

Nigella! Good cook but lord, she's annoying.

N/OutofFashion said...

Nigella KNOWS exactly what she is doing.

la femme said...

Forget Giada (whom I affectionately call Bobble Head) - it's all about Nigella. When I met her in 2006, I stood with my mouth open, unable to move. One of her minders shook me to consciousness after 10 seconds or so. She is as sensual and gorgeous in real life as on the show.

P.S. That sounds like a good class!

evidence:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/adeleine/264652380/in/set-72157604067901163/

Anonymous said...

oh goodness.
this is frighteningly what my high school lunch table turns into every day, 11:38 sharp.
food porn--classic.

April said...

I love Nigella. Wish I was curvy like her. I'm all A and less T. I'm certain she knows just how sexy she is being.

Giada seems like kind of a goofball, which keeps her from being annoying to me even though her cleavage is quite distracting.

kater said...

I freaking love Nigella. My mom has always said she's quite the tart, with her figure and the way she talks and touches things. But her recipes are awesome and I love reading her cookbooks, even if I never make anything. But seriously, her shows are so slutty.

I call Giada 'Big Head Little Hands.' Whatever, as long as it's not Rachael Ray. Ugh.

K said...

Ir'a odd when people write about this, as if the pornographic view of sex were sex. And the detractors make it seem that porn is OK, but photographing food creation, indulging in food, finding it sensual and pleasurable...is somehow wrong.

Having boobies myself, I didn't notice Giada's, just her tiny waist. I didn't want to like her for it (sorry!) but I made one of her recipes, which was outstanding. I adore Nigella, but many of her recipes are faulty.

Kath said...

I saw that Nigella segment on TV and I was just going CHOCOLATE (although Nigella is ridiculously sexy). I love that she looks absolutely ridiculously stunning and like she eats a reasonable amount of the food she makes, unlike all of the other women on food network except paula dean (that I can think of). Of course that's also unfair to giada &c.

That does sound like an absolutely wonderful class -- You probably get to talk about audience demographics too.

On Track said...

hehe SO so so very true :D

Jello on Springs said...

hmh gold foiled nuggets haha
your class sounds awesome

amanda said...

"Greasing my ramekin" is one of my new favourite phrases.

Also, I call Giada "Little Big Head". I don't really watch her show, but damn her recipes are good. Wish I could say the same about Nigella ...

Lily said...

Nigella is like the sexiest woman alive -- she's a brainy, articulate Anita Ekberg that makes you dessert while she massages you with her English accent. Whoa.

rebekah said...

"Tyler gingerly rolled the glistening lips of chicken breast into a thick phallus, which he doused with raw egg."
probably the best sentence in that whole article. or maybe the best sentence ever written.

i don't like giada. her voice and perpetual smile are very irritating to me. but the food she makes looks pretty good, i have to admit.

Henry said...

The only problem with the sexually arousing nature of the Food Network is the way Paula D tends to sneak up on you.

It's a horrible Pavlovian association.

-h of candid cool said...

mens.style.com did a similar comparison a while ago too!

ShopDownLite.com said...

Honestly - even if she was making hot dogs that accent is the best.

MizzJ said...

hah that's so true! I quite enjoy Nigella, and yes her and her cooking are quite sexy lol. It's great to see someone who looks real though, as if she actually does eat. Don't trust skinny cooks!

Sheen V said...

Yep, that article pretty much sums up what I've been thinking since I started watching Giada a Nigella. Who cares what she's cooking - just let me watch her do it and hear her voice!

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