I've now watched both episodes of Nigella Feasts on the Food Network. I actually like her recipes (I'll definitely be making the sake salmon I saw today), but I've always found her a bit annoying, and I've finally figured out why. The woman does NOT know when to stop with the metaphors and colorful adjectives. I get that she needs to fill the time, and of course she should sound enthusiastic about the food she's making, but she is so pretentious, in spite of her midnight snacking on pork rinds from the fridge.
Zabaglione is "ethereal" and "blissfully frothy"; salmon is a "juicy coral", "oaky-brown", "bronze-edged" and "coral-bellied". Standing over a pot of something simmering is either "blissfully relaxing" or it's an "aperitif vapeuse" (whatever that is). A chocolate cake waiting to be glazed is never just that. It's a "patient, delicious brown disk". The liquid that's being poured over it is not just "golden" or "amber" once, it is those things several times, as well as "burnished" and "coppery".
I know I am a cantankerous grouch, but does anyone else find this annoying? I mean can't she pick just a few good descriptors for each dish and leave it at that? I also wish she'd tone down on the seduction act. I wouldn't be at all surprised if she worked pole dancing into an upcoming episode.
Ina Garten needs to teach a class on how to not be an annoying cooking show host. She's quickly becoming the only one I can stand to watch. And the America's Test Kitchen chefs of course. They never annoy me.