Occasionally I'll catch parts of A Chef's Life on Sunday
night. I'm assuming it's a series following a chef-couple who've moved to eastern
North Carolina, the female half's home state and region, at least that's what
I've gathered in bits and pieces. I've never really thought about what I would
be attracted to if I were attracted to women, but sometimes I get glimpses. And
it's funny because this isn't a type that I aspire to or try to emulate,
looks-wise (for that, I prefer a harder-edged, colder, cosmopolitan vibe, or
just something unexpected yet pretty [definitely make-up-wearers]–I love the
look of silver-and-black-haired Finnish designer, Gudfinna
Mjöll Magnúsdóttir , who was featured in New York's international design
issue a few weeks ago).
Vivian Howard is grounded, practical yet still positive, pretty but not intimidating, sun-kissed
and soft but not fat (there is a similar vibe I get from Genevieve Gorder and maybe Maggie [not Lauren Cohan, generally] on The Walking Dead, if she gained maybe 10 pounds) neither young nor old (I would guess 34 if
pressed) professionally trained with time in NYC kitchens but respectful of her
family and upbringing (er, kind of cheap and not adventurous eaters) and successful
but balanced by two small children.
And this quote from an undated bio on the National Chicken
Council site clinches it: "I am a 35 year old chef and mother of twins. I
grew up in rural Eastern North Carolina on what was then a small family farm.
We grew tobacco, cotton, corn, soybeans and hogs. From as early as I can remember
I wanted to leave this place and live somewhere with big shopping malls and an
I've only been to western North Carolina, but would eat at Chef &
the Farmer, no question, if I ever made it back to the region.