Posts Tagged ‘Paula Deen’
January 18, 2012 – Little did I know that my lovely wife would be the first to comment on my recent Paula Deen blog. Lindsay is a fan of Paula Deen as was her dear grandmother. I’ve decided that it wasn’t enough to just leave her words sitting in the comments section, because she has such a way with words that I have placed them here for you to enjoy as a post.
So … in Paula Deen’s defense, here is my beautiful wife Lindsay reading me the riot act as only she can do in her own charming way -
Baby, baby, baby…. You are going to catch hell, and rightly so! Are you seriously going to pick on Paula again? First of all, let’s talk about the picture you have decided to embellish your blog with. OF COURSE you had to choose a picture of the Queen of Southern Cooking stuffing her face. Her pretty smile just wouldn’t have done this blog justice, now would it?
As for Bourdain, he’s freakin’ awesome. But let’s face it… He’s a damn Yankee (from New York City!) that doesn’t know a damn thing about the South, soul food, and sweet tea.
Now, on to the real issue. Do you honestly believe that Paula Deen had the obligation of sharing her medical problems with her audience, fans, and patrons? That’s nonsense! Paula may have known about her diabetes and continued to prepare her “unhealthy” meals for herself and others, but her medical problems shouldn’t be anyone else’s concern! It isn’t up to her or any other TV personality to educate people on the “dangers” of eating high fat, high calorie, and sugary foods. We have an unhealthy, over weight Surgeon General to provide us with that information! Those who are making Paula’s best dishes at home and are visiting her restaurant are CHOOSING to eat her famous greasy fried chicken and gooey butter cakes. And why? For the same reason you eat them. THEY’RE DAMN GOOD!!! Paula is not a hypocrite for having type 2 diabetes and continuing to cook her “lard laden-ed goodies.” She has never once argued to be the epitome of health! (Lord knows she wouldn’t have a fried chicken leg to stand on there!) and I’m pretty sure she’s never claimed her dishes to be good for you… Not in a health sense anyway.
If I know you as well as I think I do… You don’t really believe what you wrote. At least not all of it. If you did then you would agree with all of those who blame McDonald’s for ramming Big Macs down their throats and super sizing their fries and ultimately making them fat. (Which of course is why they had to sue the restaurant for not having booths large enough to accommodate their fat asses.) I believe I just won my argument….Mr. Roycroft.
I hope you read this before eating your midnight snack of cornbread and milk. Ooops! too late! — Your Loving Wife
January 17, 2012 - Wow, what a surprise to hear that Paula Deen has Type 2 diabetes. It wasn’t that long ago when Anthony Bourdain and Paula Deen had their little media spat about Bourdain calling Deen an unhealthy cook. Ahh yes, I remember it well. It was on that very day when I blogged about their little love hate relationship and all hell broke loose.
Where do I begin? How about the reader who anonymously threatened me and my family in comments because I dared blog about Paula Deen. Or better yet, that so called conservative blog that actually banned me from commenting on their site because I said she exaggerated her southern drawl and all that “Y’all” crap was getting old. So much for freedom of speech. Dare I even mention that I agree with Bourdain’s comment that “she’s proud of the fact that her food is f-ing bad for you.”
Oh hell , I can hear them all now… the frantic pecking on the key boards all over blog land in a freaking frenzy, writing the hate filled comments that I’m sure to receive very shortly. Those same fat asses that drool over Deen’s butter packed, lard laden-ed goodies who fill her restaurant to capacity waiting with pregnant anticipation for her famous greasy fried chicken. Oh and let’s not forget about the sweet tea, cakes and pies. Yum yum!
Funny thing about Paula Deen … she has known for two years about her diabetes but has not mentioned it until now. Seems to me that she’s been quite the hypocrite selling her fat filled sugary recipes all the while knowing it was killing her. Never once mentioning to her devoted fans that she was sick and possibly due to her over weight, diet and lack of exercise.
Anthony Bourdain nailed it when he told Eater.com in regards to her diabetes announcement: “When your signature dish is hamburger in between a doughnut, and you’ve been cheerfully selling this stuff knowing all along that you’ve got Type 2 diabetes … it’s in bad taste if nothing else.”
I personally can eat the hell out of some Buffalo chicken wings and I do love some home cooked southern food, but not every day. I enjoy a variety of foods and I will be the first to admit that I eat whatever the hell I want without stopping to ask myself if it’s healthy. It’s called using common sense and moderation.
Now y’all send me your hate mail and show some support for Paula Deen. – JRoycroft
Some of you probably caught my post bringing to the attention of my being banned from another blog. I am happy to report that they have decided to allow me to continue to comment on their site and have also placed me back on their blogroll. As a gesture of diplomacy, I have removed my post which brought attention to their decision to ban me. So … now you no why the post has been removed. I still remain a supporter of Anthony Bourdain, and all he does to bring attention to the plight of some of our fellow humans across the world. Regardless of what some of you may think of him and his opinions, Bourdain is a good man. In support and defense of Bourdain, I am sharing with you his recent blog post. Read and enjoy - John Roycroft
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
August 28, 2011, 10:36 AM |
I just got back from family vacation, where, for ten days, I violated all my rules and everything I’ve ever preached about how to travel. I stayed put. I rarely left the hotel grounds. I ate in the same two restaurants for most of my trip—rarely deviating from pasta, pizza and gelato. Though there was a lake a few hundred yards walk down, I never put so much as a toe in it—spending the bulk of my days instead, splashing around in the shallow end of the pool with a Barbie pail , an inflatable porpoise, and a relentlessly energetic 4 year old girl. It was marvelous.
I missed—or was at least physically absent from—the monstrously overblown “controversy” about the dietary choices of “regular people” and the larger question of whether I am a cruel, horrible, snake-eating, Yankee liberal elitist—or just an occasionally obnoxious guy making a point. Or a bit of both. Without revisiting a week where I found myself in the rare, worrying– and yet strangely satisfying position of having both FOX News AND the New York Times drop a deuce on my head, I’ll let this Monday’s episode of NO RESERVATIONS make my argument for me.
The show begins in New Orleans, a city I feel very connected to—and continues deep into the heart of Cajun country and culture. The South—particularly (but not exclusively) Louisiana, is where “American” food comes from. There are certainly other uniquely regional cuisines and specialties in this country—but creole and Cajun constitute uniquely American-born mutations. They could not have occurred anywhere else. Like the birth of jazz—they were created at bizarre yet magical intersections of cultures and circumstances—the end products of long journeys, much pain and simple pleasures.
One of the things I’m always looking at as I travel around the world is “where the cooks come from”. And if there’s a regular feature, a common thread wherever you go in this world, it’s that the best cooks and often the best chefs come from the poorest or most challenging regions. And it is without doubt that the greatest , most beloved and iconic dishes in the pantheon of gastronomy—in any of the world’s mother cuisines—French, Italian or Chinese–originated with poor, hard-pressed, hard working farmers and laborers with no time, little money and no refrigeration.
Pot au Feu , Coq au Vin, Sup Tulang, Cassoulet, pasta, polenta, confit, —all of them began with the urgent need to make something good and reasonably sustaining out of very little. So many of the French classics began with the need to throw a bunch of stuff into a single pot over the coals, leave it simmering unattended all day while the family worked the fields, hopefully to return to something tasty and filling that would get them through the next day. French cooking, we tend to forget now, was rarely (for the majority of Frenchmen) about the best or the priciest or even the freshest ingredients. It was about taking what little you had or could afford and turning it into something delicious without interfering with the grim necessities of work and survival. The people I’m talking about here didn’t have money—or time to cook. And yet along with similarly pressed Italians, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Indians and other hungry innovators around the world, they created many of the enduring great dishes of history.
So the notion that hard working, hard pressed families with little time and slim budgets have to eat crappy, processed food –or that unspeakably, proudly unhealthy “novelty dishes” that come from nowhere but the fevered imaginations of marketing departments are—or should be—the lot of the working poor is nonsense.
The many Cajuns who were good enough to host us on this Monday’s episode make this case, I think, far better than I ever could. Notice, when you watch the show, how everybody cooks. Men, women—even the kids seem to be helping out. Many aren’t cooks, per se, but everybody we met , everybody, was really, really good at at least one dish. Cajuns proudly trace their roots to a particularly harsh and brutal diaspora, followed by a steep learning curve as they adapted to an incredibly difficult new environment. Their culinary traditions reflect that.
At the traditional “boucherie” I attended, an entire community swung into action within seconds of me putting two bullets into the guest of honor. And one and all– everyone, from musicians, mechanics, to the town mayor—set about demonstrating the real guiding principles of gastronomy. Slow cooked, “smothered” and “stuffed” turkey wings, a stew made from the backbone of the pig, delicious, hot boudin made from the blood or less expensive bits, head cheese, cracklins. None of this was expensive. None of the cooks were professionally trained. But what I ate that day—and on other days—in Lafayette, Breaux Bridge and Eunice was some of the most delicious food I’ve had anywhere.
And what about New Orleans? There’s nothing fancy or expensive about the wonderfully kooky Afro-Chinese hybrid street food, Yakkamein, or red beans and rice—or the fried chicken at Willie Mae’s. A good muffaletta sandwich, an oyster Po’ Boy—these are not expensive luxuries, they’re birthrights—and no one who’s eaten them can ever say they are any less delicious than anything served in a Michelin starred dining room. Made well, by someone who knows what they’re doing, they are unimprovable by man or God. They are also, one would assume, quite delicious and quite fattening enough without squeezing them between two Cinnabons.
For ****’s sake, the South pretty much taught us all to cook. They know what good, affordable food is—having pretty much written the book on the subject. All I’m saying is that Macaroni and cheese is a good and noble dish. Deep fried macaroni and cheese is no better and certainly no more affordable.
This is the last episode of NO RESERVATIONS of this season. We begin shooting a new season in September, but in the interim period, while we’re out there travelling, I hope you’ll find amusement—and maybe even some useful information– in THE LAYOVER, a ten episode, high speed mini-series we just shot in an alternately thrilling and exhausting bounce around the world, from New York, Singapore, Hong Kong, Rome, San Francisco, Miami, Montreal, Amsterdam, London, and Los Angeles.
And for the NOLA/Cajun episode, I want to thank Lolis Eric Elie, Wendell Pierce, David Simon and everybody from the HBO series “TREME”, upon whose previous works and extensive research and experience we shamelessly piggybacked.
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- Paula Deen vs Anthony Bourdain (theroycroftreport.wordpress.com)
First let me tell you this…I am a great fan of Anthony Bourdain. I’ve been watching him since day one, before “No Reservations” ever aired. I think Paula Deen is delightful and has a good story of struggle and success to tell. On the down side, to me she comes across as a caricature of a person from the south. Being from Georgia it kinda bothers me when she opens her mouth and every other word that comes out is “y’all.” Can you say, dumb southerner? Her exaggerated southern drawl gets old real fast.
Paula Deen is no doubt quite the success story. She worked hard to get where she is, but she is not a trained chef. She is just a really good cook that wouldn’t let anything stop her from moving forward. Anyone’s grandmother can match anything Paula Deen can cook. On the other hand, Anthony Bourdain is a master chef who graduated from the CIA in 1978. His resume speaks for itself. The two cannot be compared in any way. Ok, so now that I have pissed off the Paula Deen fan club…
In an interview with TV Guide, Bourdain called Paula Deen “the worst, most dangerous person to America.” He went on to say, “She revels in unholy connections with evil corporations and she’s proud of the fact that her food is f—ing bad for you. If I were on at seven at night and loved by millions of people at every age, I would think twice before telling an already obese nation that it’s OK to eat food that is killing us. Plus, her food sucks.” he told the magazine. He later clarified on Twitter that Paula Deen is “hardly the worst person in America, just the most destructive influence on Food Network.”
Bourdain tweeted :”Next time I’m asked (for the millionth time) who the worst cooks on Food Network are, I’ll just shut up,”Who cares?”
Paula Deen had this response, “It’s not all about cooking, but what I can contribute by using my influence to help people across the country. In the last two years, my partners and I have fed more than 10 million hungry people, bringing the meat to food banks . I do not know what Anthony did to contribute in addition to being annoying. ”
I commend Paula Deen for all she does for charity, but apparently Paula Deen doesn’t watch Bourdain’s show, “No Reservations,” because if she did she would realize that he has a much bigger impact on bringing attention to those who suffer most in our world than she ever could.
How’s this for influence – Bourdain’s food/travel show, “No Reservations”, has focused on the millions of people who are struggling for survival, both at home and abroad. Bourdain has brought to viewers the human side of conflict in Beirut, where he found himself in the middle of the terrors of war. He has also shown us the terrible poverty in Brazil, the disaster in Japan, and the awful scars left from the genocide in Cambodia.
His episode on the Haiti earthquake was eye opening and gave the best journalistic human view of any news agency out there. Bourdain has also devoted shows to post-Hurricane Katrina which devastated New Orleans.
Yes, Anthony Bourdain speaks his mind and I commend him for being honest. He is a no nonsense kinda of guy that will sometimes say things that some might find offensive. So do I… so what? At least he doesn’t subscribe to the politically correct bs that most other liberals do.
Anthony Bourdain gets my vote any day for what he does to promote awareness of the plight in other cultures, other countries, and people of the world. Money isn’t always the answer to every problem. Bringing attention to it is a good start. Aside from being a great chef, it’s one of the things Bourdain does best.
He may or may not donate $millions to charities, but he most certainly brings attention to the of millions of people in our world who are hurting, struggling and dying. So Paula, how much is that worth y’all? – John Roycroft
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