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Friday, July 8, 2011
Ina Garten and TR Pescod
Do I have to wait until I have seven cookbooks and a TV show before I get to have a little eye-candy in my kitchen? First of all, Midland, Texas is hardly the zenith of television production. So, the chances of seeing me on camera are limited to local interviews. I have published two cookbooks and am working on the third. That ought to count for something.
It's hard to begrudge Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, her very attractive (and alas, gay) TR Pescod. It is kind of like looking at all the pastry in the bakery window, appreciating it and then walking away.
She is a no nonsense cook with a cheerful attitude and loving husband. (He reminds me of my father.) I can't believe how much "stuff" is out there complaining about her "elitist" home in the Hamptons. That's like yelling at folks who have a ski lodge in Aspen or a condo in Florida. Get over it. She is fortunate to live where she lives and she appears to appreciate it.
After watching endless cooking shows, it is nice to see someone who is promoting the art of cooking and not selling themselves as (Rachel Ray) a personality. We don't have to watch jiggling cleavage (Giada) while she is chopping vegetables. She uses proper grammar and language fit for the entire family. (Who thought Bitchin' Kitchen was a good idea?) Ina is more forgiving on technique, than say, My Way Martha. As for the male cooks...forget it. If you really want to learn how to cook minus the all-about-me showmanship, tune into the Barefoot Contessa.
People complain that the filming of the show is "staged". Of course it is. That's why it is a series of television programs with a central theme and not a Utube video. Oh, and don't get me started about her gay friends. So she's not supposed to use the local florist? Honestly, grow up!!! I guess it's just as well that I'm not a famous chef. I couldn't stand the life under a microscope and all the second-guessing. PARTNER is used to my cooking. So for now, I'll just have to bask in the glory of dessert praises from my sons-in-law who are equally handsome as TR.