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Discussion in 'Personal' started by oldsomeman, Oct 30, 2017.
I can't bear her delivery on TV, but I do have a couple of the books and the recipes are good. I'm not sure whether TV producers would ask a male cook (chef?) to behave in such a sexualised way while cooking. It would be odd. So I don't know why we have to endure it from Nigella.
Ratings. Viewing figures, that's why. She's food ****.
Tut. P o r n.
You don't have to endure her.You switch channels or turn off!
Why is it that if you like a woman or her ways of presenting and even her cooking you/they are somehow a form of evil? Are men not allowed to like something about a woman...or are we so caught up with this trend to make men unempowered we cant comment?
I watch lots of cookery programmes and like the cooks for different reasans.delivery,content,humour,place, personality. Why do woman cooks have to be singled out if they are appealing. I love Lorraine's cooking and the person...but her approach is different. I used to like the two fat ladies as they were from a different planet i think, or Delia for motherly looks and no nonsense approach. In the old days even Fanny Craddock and her suffering husband where 'different' to watch.
It comes across that you like her looks more than how she cooks, oldy.
Nowt wrong with that.
You want to talk about her cooking programme, her ****, or both?
Whether her looks make her or her skills, I've never heard her apologise for the air miles ratcheted up by following her recipes.
Not that environmental ethics ought to come into it of course.
Should they not???
Surely ethics come into everything!
You can't countenance authors (well, I can't) who advocate battery-farmed eggs. I think air-miles has everything to do with the (so-to-speak) price of fish! I take ethics very seriously when buying and consuming food.
It does something completely different for me
I was being ironic.
I can get off my high horse now. That's a relief.
No, no high horse. I'm all about supermarket and TV and consumer oblivion to a bigger picture.
Well my comment was based on recalling a recent thread about some green gloop that Nigella had recently recommended, and the responses were mostly pertinent recipe ideas or vague disgust at the colour, although my overriding objection to it was the thought of chartering a flight specifically to fly it over to be sold in Waitrose...wish I could remember what it was, too many meds, but I Googled the provenance and it was a rather extravagant representation in fuel versus the well-heeled ability to tell your guests something ootray about how you select your ingredients
And what's the betting she's a champion of "local foods"???
I would happily and politely discuss both.
It's nothing to do with men being disempowered.
Extract here from "Simply Nigella", and I've emboldened the reason why food miles don't need to come into it-
"The food I’m cooking now is simply the food I want to eat. It doesn’t have a theme, but then life doesn’t have a theme. It may be a warm salad of spiced roast cauliflower, chickpeas, parsley and pomegranates; a tray of slow-roasted lamb ribs (back to the breast of lamb I cooked as a student); an easy oven version of chicken shawarma; a salmon, avocado, watercress and pumpkin salad (avocados, which always make me think of geranium-lipsticked Great-Aunt Myra, are unapologetically abundant in my new book); banana bread with cardamom and cocoa nibs; a salted chocolate tart (assurance: no pastry involved); pasta snails with garlic butter, my reworking of a childhood treat."
So to stock Nigella's cupboard she'd require trips from (feasibly)-
Turkey, Iran, India, Mexico, France, Bahamas, Spain, Pakistan, Ghana, Nigeria and...Norfolk.
When you view TV cooking in this way, Nigella is by far the worst food miles offender. Pretentious imported truffle foam on a jus de nothing.
**slurps parsnip wine righteously**
She's just one of those people I don't like. Something about her mannerisms and delivery. She doesn't appeal to me at all.
But I don't suppose she'd be MY biggest fan either.
Life doesn't have a theme? It needn't, I suppose. Not if you have the money to indulge yourself. Most people do have a theme imposed upon them: can I afford it?
Then there are those of us who can (personally) afford to buy a lot of the things we like but start to ask questions such as: can the planet afford it?
I don't like how false her programmes are.
False friends, false kitchen, false lifestyle.
But good food although so fattening she clearly does not slurp away and salted caramel croissant bread and butter pudding at midnight.
Tellyland is false isnt it? Thats why we love the fantasy of it.. Some of us clearly fantasise about Nigellas cookery more than others.