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TV cooking shows -- lifestyle vacuum filled with culinary porn

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A cooking show is 28 minutes, foreplay to consummation.

Minimal production values--one set, very few performers, one camera, cheesy music.

There are no smells, cleanup or dishes.

Hmm. So many core similarities to pornography.

With everyone's schedule fragmented, there is no one left at home to rattle the pots and pans on a daily basis. Into this vacuum have rushed restaurants, fast food, and easy supermarket home meal solutions.

And culinary porn that can be sucked through a straw.

I'm fifteen years removed from the restaurant business, and I still learn something every time I catch Jacques Pepin or Mario Battali. What most of the others cook makes me want to gag, so they get zapped pretty quick with the remote.

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