Aaron Hamburger was awarded the Rome Prize by the American Academy of Arts and Letters for his short story collection THE VIEW FROM STALIN’S HEAD (Random House, 2004). He’s also the author of a novel titled FAITH FOR BEGINNERS (Random House, 2005). His writing has appeared in Poets and Writers, Tin House, Details, The Forward, Boulevard, and The Village Voice. Currently he teaches writing at Columbia University, NYU, and the Stonecoast MFA Program. His website is www.aaronhamburger.com.
On one of her recent shows (which I took in while huffing on the stairmaster at my gym), Giada demonstrated how to make sugar cookies for a kids’ birthday party.
Step One: Buy sugar cookie dough from the supermarket.
Step Four: Bake according to the directions on the package.
Step Five: Smile, showing off your mouthful of glistening white teeth and say, “It’s that easy!”
I’ve used a few of Giada’s more complex recipes with some varying results. Her chicken scallopini with sage and fontina cheese and tomato sauce is absolutely delicious.
And her banana muffiins are terrific too, moist and flavorful.
On the other hand, her lemon nut cookies turned to sand.
And as for her sugar cookies, well…
But when I watch Giada, it isn’t for the recipes.
It’s to indulge myself in the fantasy of living in a home in Malibu, with a glamorously decorated kitchen that gleams as brightly as her teeth. I love when Giada proclaims, “It’s such a mess in here!” That usually means there’s a spatula on the counter.
It’s for the fantasy of being able to bake pasta dishes and desserts loaded with chocolate and marscapone cheese every week and maintaining Giada’s tiny hourglass figure, shown off in tight fitting tops which have inspired non-cooking-related comments from various bloggers.
It’s for the fantasy of being awarded your own cooking show on the basis of… what exactly? I don’t doubt that a meal at Giada’s place
would taste good. It would certainly be served on beautiful plates in a beautiful room or poolside terrace with stunning ocean views.
However, I do doubt that there are any number of chefs out there who could whip her tiny butt in the kitchen, and they don’t have their own shows on the Food Network.
But hey, isn’t this a fantasy?
(photos: paperplate.net, giadadilaurentiis.info, killahbeez.com)
PS: Check out Aaron’s comment recommendation: The Barefoot Contessa…