Thursday, June 28, 2007

Having Sex in the Kitchen

I know I promised to write about Thailand next, and that post is in progress. But something caught my eye this morning, and I can't stop thinking about it with a half smile on my face.

In yesterday's New York Times food section, there is quite the little gem of an article on female TV chefs. Is it about their domination of the airwaves, their rising celebrity status, their awesome skills (or lack thereof)? Is it even just about their looks and sex appeal? No, it's about their T-shirts.

I'm not saying I'm offended; I was entertained and amused by the article. Of course, it really is about sex, and that's what snags readers, but the T-shirt focus makes this piece either, A) an irrelevant puff piece on female TV-chef fashion, or B) an extremely clever analysis and tongue-in-cheek ribbing of cooking shows recast as soft porn.

The article credits Nigella Lawson with being the first TV chef to whip up titillation along with her cakes and curries. And I know you remember when Rachel Ray posed for lad mag, FHM. Cat Cora did the same sort of pictorial fairly recently. And now the New York Times is distilling this curious cultural phenomenon of the sexy female chef down to a T-shirt/sweater/knit top.

Cheers to writer, Elaine Louie, for giving us such an incisive little nugget of pop culture analysis among the otherwise earnest reportage of the food section. Do give it a read and leave your two cents in the comments.

3 comments:

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Yes, it did bring an amused smile to my lips. I think your A & B is right on!

Kristen said...

Well, this got my attention :)
Thanks for pointing the article out. I have to agree with you completely...quite amusing!

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