Food in the News: The Anthony Bourdain/Paula Deen ‘Feud’
You may have heard about the rant Anthony Bourdain went on regarding the various hosts featured on the Food Network. He criticized the influence and even the personalities of everyone from Guy Fieri to Rachael Ray. His comments may be warranted to some despite the fact that they were unprovoked (though he has apparently been repeatedly asked who he thinks the ‘worse chefs’ are). Read more to see how he saved the ‘best’ for last- for Paula Deen herself.
A gonzo journalist by nature, Bourdain travels extensively and really delves deep into the world of food, discovering the culture and history behind the people who make the cuisine and the way their influence is felt globally. By comparison, many other television chefs are confined to a kitchen space where they entertain, cook and showcase their simple ways of creating good food. Bourdain has not hidden his disdain for such television in the past and has now gotten under the skin of many with his latest comments.
In regards to Southern chef Paula Deen, Bourdain chose to call her “the worst, most dangerous person to America” given her love of butter and what Bourdain reportedly feels are cooking techniques that promote obesity in America. Deen countered with a more subtle response, expressing that she concerned herself more with working families struggling to put food on the table and not the elite diners that Bourdain both serves and surrounds himself with.
It can be said, however, that you don’t have to shop organic and spend an entire paycheck to make sure your kids eat a healthy meal. There are affordable ways to be sure your children eat a balanced meal that isn’t chock-full of bad fats and carbs. Anthony Bourdain himself turns the spotlight on the suffering poor of Asia and Africa and shows how they make do and manage to continue their cultural cuisine traditions despite the hardships they suffer. When considering Paula Deen, one would hope that her audience is aware that they can prepare the occasional cake or fried chicken, but not eat it every day! Her food may be delicious, but it should be a reward or a holiday treat and not a way of life.
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