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so very wrong
but being eaten by sophie ellis bexter and kelvin mackenzie
I'm getting really fucked off with the stupid glib comments from the celebrity guests. I'd rather they had experts about the period being recreated, or people with some insight trying it. In fact I'd rather they just threw the food into a canal than gave it to Alex Zane or Kathy fucking Lette.
And are they shoehorning in some sexual element to the dessert each week just to justify showing it at 9pm?
what's the theme for the next one?
followed by salad with miso dressing.
was forced on the programme by the powers that be. Largely because it seems so tacked on,
BUT I'll happily watch anything Sophie Ellis Bextor is in.
That aside, it is formulaic, but it's quite entertaining.
It annoys me when at the end of the programme the continuity anouncer says "you can log on to our website or whatever and get the recipies to try at home!" when Heston specifically states DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME at the beginning.
Also I think all of his bits to camera (when he talking food concepts) are recycled every week. He says the same shit about food "was an event for [the people of whatever period he's covering]" and something about sex, etc.
cos even if you dont like it you cannot deny that
a) it is informative in that it is suggesting that our ancestors were not as boring as you might think, that they too seeked entertainment and were experimental and daring (If they had the dosh of course)
b) that you can be experimental and playful with your food
He IS also showing how preconcieved our current ideas of food might be considering the country now considers itself to be blase about different types of food and we congratulate ourselves on how cosmopolitan and eclectic we can be with our palattes.
Heston is obviously a geeky technician of food and i find that refreshingly anti ponceyfied, he doesnt seem to have airs and graces
its a prog about cooking ffs. and we get to learn something (cookery or history orientated every episode)
Oh as for the celebrities....well if you had a panel of foodies then we would accuse them of having experimental palettes (like kelvin mackenzies previous criticism of hestons food) It would be good to have ordinary members of the public...but then we would not realise if they were an eclectic bunch.
By having celebs like zane, cilla, sophie and kelvin we know that this is a varied bunch of people, we know and understand how different they might be (except for them being celebs)
So annoying though it is to celeb critics such as us, it might actually be better for the majority of viewers