Saturday, August 25
However, I do have some reservations over her reactions to simple actions and phrases. Seriously.... if you thought Rachael was bad, you haven't seen anything until you catch Ingrid Hoffman ramble off some catch phrases en español.
Still, I was surprised to read such a scathing review from the New York Times. In it, Gina Bellafonte claims that Ms. Hoffman is "quickly staking her claim as the country's pre-eminent cleavage cook" and even compares her to guitar-wielding, Latina entertainer Charo.
"Ms. Hoffmann specializes in Latin fusion, ethnic food from which any real sense of ethnicity has been stripped. Her set, a cheerful lime-green kitchen gleaming with chrome, seems never to have opened its door to a pig’s foot," writes Bellafonte, who after dissing Ingrid's (or her producers') choices in fashion, goes on to say that "[t]hough I count among my acquaintances a number of very attractive women who really know their way around a saucier, 'Simply Delicioso' has not convinced me that Ms. Hoffmann would be one of them."
While I've never been one to turn down an opportunity to poke fun at Ms. Sandra Lee, I certainly wouldn't base my entire review on whether or not the host chose to wear a turtleneck apron or an open blouse. It's not that it's just off-subject, it's sexist.
Blah. I'm not even beginning to assert that Simply Delicioso is food tv's saving grace. I'm just saying that it deserves more than a boob-focused review.