Sunday, March 26, 2006

Food Porn

If I had to name my top three most pleasurable things, the things I simply couldn't enjoy life without, I'd have to boil them down to sex, sleep, and food. Not just mediocre sex, sleep, and food, mind you. I'm talking exquisite, luscious, totally satisfying sex, sleep, and food. Give me that, as well as music, writing/poetry, stimulating conversation, film/theater, and the other arts, and I'm pretty much set. (All proof, by the way, of my theory that I was born into the wrong era and really should have been a Renaissance- era courtesan.)

But anyway, food. Over at Hiromi_X's blog, there's a lively discussion about parallels between plain vs. unusual food and plain vs. unusal sex. You should read it here.

To me, whether the food's plain or unusual doesn't matter so much as if it's good--and I mean really good. When food is done right, even the most simply prepared dish can become a symphony of sheer orgiastic ecstasy coursing through every part of your mind, body, and senses.

Which reminds me of this really hysterical little feature called "Pornucopia" I heard on NPR's On The Media program, where a writer for Harper's magazine compares the different kinds of TV food shows to different genres of porn. You must have a listen here. (It should download and play in RealPlayer, but if not, you can click on the "listen now" link on the upper left hand side of the page here. There's also a text transcript of the piece on that page, but trust me, you really need the sound to get the full experience.)

(Photo credit: Ms. Belle G. Pepper Poses for a Photograph by MrPixel)

6 Comments:

Anonymous Hiromi said...

On the Media is a great show - thanks for the link.

My favorite cooking show is actually The Frugal Gourmet. But then he got caught up in a scandal and it's totally off the air.

3/26/2006 11:28 PM  
Anonymous Cherrie said...

My experience has always been that great food--and great wine--leads to great sex.

3/27/2006 12:59 AM  
Anonymous Tory said...

Something about making food is very sensual. To make something with my hands out of nothing and then have others enjoy it is gratifying. A well prepared meal will appeal to all of the senses and make you moan with utter delight. There are few things like it.

3/27/2006 4:05 AM  
Anonymous Cherrie said...

Usually I will enjoy the meal, take my lover to bed and then moan with utter delight, but close enough.

3/27/2006 8:07 AM  
Blogger AlwaysArousedGirl said...

I find cooking for someone very erotic...just one way of meeting their physical needs.

3/27/2006 1:14 PM  
Blogger Miss Syl said...

Hiromi: Yeah, I'm a bit of a public radio junkie. I like "On the Media," but of all public radio shows, "This American Life" still owns my heart. Actually the Frugal Gourmet isn't only off the air: he's also dead.

Cherrie: Well, the great wine probably helps a lot to move that along.

Tory and AAG: Yeah, I love cooking for people, too, though my kitchen right now is so small it's not very conducive. I was meant to have one of those massive, gourmet kitchens. I need to get richer, and fast.

It's also nice to be cooked for. I love me a man who can cook. In fact, my "ex" was a chef.

3/27/2006 11:41 PM  

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