"The worst, most dangerous person to America is clearly Paula Deen. 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.
Well, this southern girl from Arkansas is really riled up about this! I have always been a fan of No Reservations, and I thought he was a pretty intelligent man. Obviously I was wrong because if he actually thinks that southern cooking is the reason we have an obese nation, he is a bit delusional. Maybe he could check out some statistics on fast food location versus average weight. And there are already statistics out showing the impact of westernized fast food when it is introduced in a foreign country. And I do know for a fact that Ms. Deen was not mentioned in those studies. Butter has been used for a lot longer time than our country has been fat! Another thing he doesn't understand, obviously, is balance--his earlier shows are a testament to that! The more indulgent southern foods aren't about every day! They are made with love during special occasions, Sunday dinners, family get-togethers, and etc. What he doesn't get is that this kind of cooking is about loving your family, pampering your guests, and carrying on traditions. It is obvious that Mr. Bourdain has no idea who or what he is messing with. I can assure you that any man that tries to take down a strong southern woman will understand very quickly that he better just back off...because it's about to hit the fan. Another thing that Mr. Bourdain (and may I add when I type Mr...my head is bobbing, and the pronunciation is elongated...) would do well to understand, is that we stick together---like molasses! In the words of my 86 year old grandmother...and she is still living...and using butter... well, "I just don't know what has gotten into that boy!" But we all know the real problem, don't we? He has just gotten a bit to big for his britches. It will all work out just fine, Ms. Paula Deen, and I hope you don't worry your pretty little head about it, you hear? Because it is apparent that "he just doesn't know any better...."
So in support of Ms. Deen, and all southern cooks across the nation, this morning I fried my toast. It's one of my favorite little indulgences (and Mr. Bourdain, this indulgence is legal!) and I encourage you to join me in this show of support for a way of life that has been passed down by the wonderful southern cooks that came before us, that loved us, supported us, and pampered us with this way of cooking!
And to think that I bought his book last week...hmm…I wonder if I can find the receipt…