Poor Rachael Ray. The perky, upbeat little kitchen diva has more than a few detractors in the food blog world.
I have no idea exactly why she evokes such a strong reaction in people. Sheesh!
Yes, she is a bit too much sometimes, mugging for the camera and being cute. I suppose that bugs people who do not mug and who are not cute.
Not much substance there maybe, but well, not everyone is an intellectual. Nor should we want them to be.
I’ve watched Rachael’s show(s) a few times just to see what annoyed people so much. (I kind of like the one where she eats on $40 a day while sauntering through Savannah or Carmel: My kind of eating budget.)
Yes, the EVOO and the eyeballing and the “yumo” stuff are a bit much. So? You don't have traits that annoy people? (I know I do!)
But really, is what she’s doing really so bad? I mean, not everyone can afford to buy top quality, organic items. Rachael Ray seems to be showing people how they can eat fairly decent food without spending a lot of time or money. She's helped them eat a few steps above fast food and TV dinners. Is that bad?
Some people don’t like spending hours in the kitchen, something most of us don’t understand, but, hey, we’re all different. (My mother, who married a chef and whose mother and grandmother cooked and loved it, readily admits she doesn’t like to cook. So? Should I stop speaking to her? Disown her? I think not.) Rachael provides fast meal ideas for busy people.
You’ve got to wonder if some of these RR bashers are jealous of her success. Maybe they want cooking shows of their own. Maybe they want a cookbook contract.
You could pick apart other TV cooks or chefs, too, I guess. Laugh at Paula Deen’s accent. (I like it. I like her.) Ridicule Emeril’s “Bam!” (Aw, c’mon, it’s endearing.) Make cracks about Giada’s toothy smile. (Good dentist!)
Really, it takes a lot less energy to leave them to their kitchens and focus on the positive. No one ever offered a TV cooking show to an old sourpuss. Trust me on that one.
Besides, some people believe that unhappy cooks produce lousy food.
And the photo? That’s my kind of convenience food, fresh herbed Mozzarella and sun-dried tomatoes and garlic from the olive bar I talked about a few days ago. Yum. Oh.