Posted by: njbrown | November 18, 2009

Nigella and Julia

November 19, 2009

The other night as I watched one of the Food Network’s Survivor equivalents, I was amazed and amused to hear one of the twenty-five year old, male contestants describe (Nigella Lawson, that episode’s guest judge) as today’s Julia Child.  I think if Julia had been watching, she would have laughed uproariously!  The following is from Nigella’s Wikipedia biography:

Renowned for her flirtatious manner of presenting, Lawson has been called the “queen of food porn.”  With her “flirtatious” manner, her purring voice, and voluptuous curves – not to mention her lack of formal culinary training – Nigella, to me, is Julia’s polar opposite.  Somehow, I don’t think Julia ever aimed at being sexy and graceful in the kitchen…

I’ve written about Julia’s successors who knew her well.  This young chef is one of the new generation that clearly has only a vague understanding of Julia’s work and personality.  That makes me sad.



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