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Apr 13, 2013 11:00 AM

Does Lidia Bastianich Have A Tic?

I thought Rachael Ray's throwing the salt over her shoulder all the time was annoying but I am afraid Lidia is now Queen of Annoying Habits. I love her cooking have most of her cookbooks but I just can't stand to watch her that often. The whole mmm mmm mmm thing she does. Does she have a tic?
I don't know which is worse, her slurping when she tastes something and then tries to talk with food in her mouth or her mmm mmm mmm. Whenever any of the cooking show hosts make noise when they are tasting something it makes me wonder if the food is good or are they trying to convince the audience that it is. At least my favorite, Julia Child never made noise when she tasted food.

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  1. up to the end of her tv career "our dear julia" had that silly background music throughout her show to transition instruction segments and an adorable slight lisp when speaking.

    At 11:56 on this video Julia takes a bit of the jelly roll and says mmm...and then proceeds to talk with food in her mouth. Julia was as human as the rest of us, yes?

    pedestals are for cakes, not people.

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    1. re: HillJ

      she was also probably in her 90's and the lisp was do to false teeth. she would never have talked with her mouth full

      1. re: robt5265

        Even as a young woman Julia had a lisp. No big deal really just a fact. And yes, she was known to talk with her mouth full. She loved to eat with energy! Also no big deal.

        Why is that so difficult to accept that tv cooks are just like anyone else? Julia Child was approachable. She brought a earthiness to home cooking. I loved that about her approach in the kitchen.

        Expecting tv chefs to have some impossible impeccable manners is just silly.

        1. re: HillJ

          from childhood, I was taught to eat with my mouth closed and not talking. I would think that would be taken a step further for someone on national television.

          1. re: robt5265

            Have all the expectations you want, robt. Imperfection works for me.

            1. re: HillJ

              Same here. Imperfection is more interesting. And I don't understand the fuss about "mmm mmm mmm"...why do some find it so irritating??? Also, a little 'slurp' actually enhances the tasting process.

              A least she doesn't say "you know" after every other sentence. Now THAT's an irritating habit. LOL.

              1. re: The Professor

                Let's toast to the irritating habit! :o)

    2. I have never seen a Bastianich recipe that I would care to eat. Almost everything is drowned in olive oil. You'll notice that her mmm ejaculations more often occur when she is adding ingredients, stirring, etc., than when she actually samples the food. I have often been tempted to post something similar to what you've written, but if I were to express the full extent of my loathing, it would get deleted.
      I am disappointed that television executives don't require better manners on the part of their presenters.

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        1. re: greygarious

          Funny that. How many of her shows have you watched? Like hundreds? LOL
          I'm just as bad sometimes. I can't stand Bobby Flay but if there's nothing else on I'll watch all the while grumbling about him and his "stupid" cooking methods.
          Same with GR/Jamie.
          I swear on the next Jamie Oliver series he'll be sitting in a hole he dug in his garden with only his hair and eyes showing.
          STAND UP MAN!
          Why sit on a tiny garden stool like a kindergarten kid with your knees touching your chin and cut things up on a little cutting board flopping around on your lap?!!!!

          1. re: Puffin3

            Have you not heard of "hatewatching"? It explains the ratings of most reality shows, among others. Hundreds, no, but certainly dozens. Whenever I turn the TV to the Create channel, it seems to be showing LB or Rick Steves. I often leave the TV on while I'm falling asleep to some other cooking show, and awake to find LB's show running.

          2. re: greygarious

            I have never seen a Bastianich recipe that I would care to eat. Almost everything is drowned in olive oil.
            I own Lidia's Italian American Kitchen and Lidia's Italy and I would have to disagree with this comment (even though it's an old one, greygarious)
            I have made several of the dishes and they're quite good! If you think there's too much oil, then just use less, but many don't actually call for copious amounts

          3. You folks are, of course, entitled to your opinions. I don't agree at all, but that's just me I guess. Lidia cooks in a traditional Italian style. I've enjoyed several of her recipes. Add less oil if you prefer, and I'm not especially fond of rather impolite (IMHO) personal remarks either.

            1. I agree with both of your problems regarding LB. The mmm mmm mmm, and the talking with her mouth full of food drive me crazy. If you notice, her mother doesn't do either of these obnoxious sound effects.

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              1. re: robt5265

                Her mother is not the focus of the show. If you don't like it, don't watch! She speaks clearly and explains her recipes and methods well.

                Some people have too much time on their hands...

                Splendid Table interview with Lidia, for their Key3 series