Nigella Lawson - the seductive chef who turns baking a cake into an altogether suggestive affair - has hit the headlines this week following her new show and the high calorie contents of the desserts featured.
Many people (the Daily Mail included, naturally) have
jumped on the bandwagon to criticise the once curvacious-but-now-not-so-much
cook for her calorie laden recipes, branding her as trying to make the nation
But can we really blame Nigella for our waistline woes?
True, one of her new recipes on this week's programme
featured a cheesecake which contained a whopping 7,000 calories (but then
again, it is almost made of 100% fat) and another saw Nigella sandwich ice
cream in brioche.
However, I fail to understand just why there has been
such a negative response - after all, isn't indulgence and 'a little bit of
what you fancy' the brand that Nigella has always promoted? With her recent
weight loss aside, Nigella has been one of very few chefs who truly eats what
she cooks, therefore winning female fans for her honesty and male fans for her
evocative use of food.
A little escapism is what this nation needs, particularly
when we are constantly being told what we can't eat because of any number of
reasons. As long as you don't indulge in her recipes every day, I say find
another bandwagon to jump on.
After all, if it's good enough for Nigella...
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