Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Look Who's Talking Food Porn!



As many know, I am a fan of Tony Bourdain and his nutty drunken antics. So when I saw his fantastic blog and the partial episode on Food Porn, I thought I had to make a little posting on this. Gooey stinky cheese tart definitely = food porn.
I will argue one point with Tony though, he writes:

"Food Net has built an empire by shrewdly and accurately anticipating that no one really cares how to make the damn dish or where it came from or why it was created. They just want to see some brightly colored close-ups of the stuff before it disappears into the face of somebody/anybody wearing a low-cut leotard."

Dammit Tony, are we even watching the same thing? I know its a different type of "food porn", but there are different genres in porn, too. Look, there's variety nowadays and I don't have to look at my grandma's Pepin and Julia Child shtuff. There's softcore/amateur (Rachel Ray), fetish (Bizarre Foods), European (Giada), smut (Top Chef), internet magazines (Serious Eats) and even hardcore food porn (Iron Chef, No Reservations itself).
I have to say though, everything with Giada's show is totally based on porn production. Think about it for a second. She's got multiple segments (aka storylines), different courses or partners and there's always a payoff or as Bourdain calls it, The Money. What do you mean by The Money? It's the final bite of complete and exaggerated ecstasy. All you need to do is keep watching right up to the point where she's ready to start eating and when she takes that first bite, Giada will normally explode in a When Harry Met Sally porn star tryout carnal purr. She really sells it when her eyes close and she tilts her head back and moans, "hmm soooooo good." And by the way, I take a lot less enjoyment out of seeing Tony do the same thing on No Reservations.

But, can you eat like a food porn star?

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