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Jul 23, 2007 03:57 PM

Oh Giada, What were you thinking?

(For the record, I'm ambivalent about Giada's show but think she has some decent recipes.)

A friend just sent me this link for an article in Esquire:

The photos are ... well ... they call to mind the infamous Elizabeth Bathory ( ) or an abattoir, for that matter. They're not images I want to associate with food.

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  1. Agreed. It looks like she is sitting in blood. Especially the 3rd pic on the Esquire site. Yuck.

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    1. re: wino22

      Yuck is right - OK, she likes tomatoes. But there HAS to be a better way to photograph her sexily with them - what about biting into one? But this just looks like rivers of blood she's lolling around in.

      But then again - we *are* talking about it. :-/

      1. re: LindaWhit

        >photograph her sexily with them - what about biting into one?
        "Giada Bites"? ... sounds like a Vampire movie.

        I think the pix miss a their mark by a bit too.
        I think bloodlust more than hunger, too.

    2. It's clearly a take off on the pictures from the Tomato Festival in Bunol, Valencia. The difference between tomatoes and blood is significant here and, in my humble opinion, when making a ragu.

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      1. re: inuksuk

        I disagree - La Tomatina Festival is a tomato throwing festival, which is how they get covered in tomato sauce. The pics of Giada (at least the 1st and 3rd ones) seem to show her squeezing the blood out of hearts and wallowing in blood. Very cannibalistic, to my eye. And disturbing.

      2. Reminds of that Beatle album cover (which was banned) where they posed with meat and parts of dolls. These images are very odd.

        1. Wow, that's actually really disturbing. Really.

          1. Oh, I disagree. These are great photos, very artistic, and she looks just fantastic. I wish I looked so good. Anyway, I too am ambivalent about her show, but I do enjoy her cookbooks.

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            1. re: kkak97

              She looks like she is in ecstasy...which is what I associate w/ a wonderful meal...great food, fresh ingredients....PURE BLISS!
              GREAT FOOD IS SEXY!

              1. re: kkak97

                I agree - with those of you who disagree! I looked at the pictures before I read the responses. It's so obviously tomatoes - and she just looks fab (and ecstatic)!

                1. re: cackalackie

                  Looks stupid. Not artistic, not ecstatic, just plain dumb.

                  1. re: Phaedrus

                    ...but you have to hand it to whomever did the airbrushing -- they did a fine job. Must be the same airbrusher who works for Hef.

                    1. re: glutton

                      I was thinking she looks really airbrushed.
                      The only good thing I can think of to say about those picks is - Killer shoes!

                      1. re: starlady

                        No airbrushing anymore...all done in Photo Shop or another computer program. Probably much of the tomato 'soup' whatever was added on the computer. I like these photos, I say go for over the top, which they did! The idea of any great photographs is to elevate it to beyond conventional thinking and expectations.

                        1. re: Jesdamala

                          True, my bad. It's looks very CG to me :)

                          And I have to ask, in the third photo why is she biting her fingers? Her acrylics fallen off in all the juice? It looks like her hand is rubber or something. The other two I don't mind. Don't like, Don't not like, don't care.

                      2. re: glutton

                        Photoshopped within an inch of her life.

                        But not all that well, I'd hink Esquire could afford better talent.

                      3. re: Phaedrus

                        I agree. Not horrific, not sadistic, not remotely sexy -- just dumb. I like cleavage, but I'm tired of hers. She's mildly sexy but these pictures do nothing to increase it.

                        Are we talking about it? Sure -- someone started a thread with a link to pictures and we followed up on it. On that level, it "worked". So what? It does nothing to spark a desire to buy Esquire or buy anything from their ads.

                    2. re: kkak97

                      HOT!!! I love the pics. Sexy and funny, totally cool.