The word, frankly, is overused.Jude Law is sexy. Leonardo DiCaprio has sex appeal oozing out his pores. Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, or George Clooney—do we need to discuss their sexiness? Brad Pitt pretty much defines sexy.
But buñuelos? Little fried pieces of shortening dipped in powdered sugar? I find that to be an insult to Johnny Depp.I have a suggestion for the producers of Top Chef: invest in a thesaurus. Instead of prompting the contestants, guest judges, and the beleaguered host to overuse the previously glittery and formerly shocking word (“sexy,” in case you missed that), maybe introduce a few new words. Put the now-lackluster (dare I say, defunct?) dinosaur back on the shelf and instead reach for descriptive words like tantalizing, seductive, flirty, perfect, or heavenly. Might I suggest alluring, enticing, romantic, or perhaps divinely inspired?
Cooking is supposed to be an art, so Top Chef could substitute arty words. Think masterpiece, creative endeavor, pièce de résistance, artistic triumph. Or consider words that normally describe food, such as delectable, savory, scrumptious, mouthwatering, and satisfying. Of course there is always that one simple word we used to use to label a great meal: delicious.Not everything is sexy, nor does it have to be. Last week, I spent the better part of an afternoon hulling fresh strawberries and mixing them with cream and sugar in my ice-cream maker. The results were well worth it. I called my two young sons to sample the creamy concoction:
“Well, boys, what do you think?”They did not have to think long for their unanimous answer: “YUM!”
trifecta writing challenge: the word is "dinosaur" and my essay is exactly 333 words