Reviewed! AOL’s “Now Eat This!”, CollegeHumor’s “Precious Plum!”

/ Jun 11, 2013


AOL’s “Now Eat This!” Pushes Good Ol’ Italian Dishes with Flare


In AOL’s “Now Eat This! Italian with Rocco DiSprito” the celebrity chef travels to Italy to prepare some of the recipes in his New York Times best-selling cookbook of the same name. Every recipe clocks in at under 350 calories, but he also cooks the recipes that inspired his alongside the Italian mothers responsible. Every episode starts with a miniature profile of the mother responsible and a walkthrough of their recipe. And since it’s Italian food, you can watch along as the calories literally pile on. But then Rocco offers his version, which is sometimes easier and comes with a hint of modernity — like using microwaves instead of furnaces or tricks from molecular gastronomy like adding xanthan gum or arrowroot to thicken liquids without adding calories. Read more…

— Chris Dignes
CollegeHumor’s Honey Boo Boo Parody “Precious Plum!” is Bad Apple

DCollegeHumor’s “Precious Plum! (Honey Boo Boo Parody)” is, as advertised, a parody of TLC’s “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” and follows Mama and Precious Plum to the Little Miss Tiny Tits in Chunky, Mississippi. And that’s where the subtlety ends. Sort of like the show it’s mimicking, there’s not a whole bunch of plot in the pilot — the source material relies more on the characters to carry it, which the parody attempts to do as well. Similarities really end there, though. Where the show captions are added for hard-to-understand phrases, the whole parody’s captioned and understandable. What would usually be bleeped is both captioned and unedited. Read more…


–Chris Dignes


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