...so why do you hate her?
It's so interesting to me why so many people deeply revile Rachael Ray? What is it?
Are her recipes not elaborate enough for you? Is it because she uses premade items to cut corners in her recipes? No specialty ingredients? Her quirky laughter? Her silly-named recipes, "You Won't-Be-Single-For-Long Vodka Cream Pasta"? She's the anti-Martha?
As far as I'm concerned she deserves some respect. She is by far one of the queen's of successful multimedia. Her efforts, magazine and TV shows put her in the league of the successful, she just has her own unique style.
The reason for her success? I'm sure it has something to do with her relate-ability to people and because she cooks like most of America does; the easy way. Most folks do not bake from scratch or have the time or money to cook fancy meals. People want quick versions of old classics. Rachael offers this.
So what is the problem? You don't like her infectious smile? Approve of her simpleton ideas? Does using something from a can bother you? Is it food snobbery (on your part)?
I want to know.
But especially, why must you knock her? If you saw a recipe you thought looked good but found out it originated from her, would you really not make it?
She really didn't become as successful as she has because she is misunderstood or people hate her. She is creative, presents adaptability, thinks on the fly...all skills important to any trained chef. She's even entertaining.
What is it? I want to know.
Many, but not all, schooled in the finer points of creating "haute cuisine" feel the need to put her down and it's usually pretty ugly. I don't understand this. Is it jealousy for her good fortune of becoming a force in the food world without any formal training? I see this a lot with women in many fields and areas of life. They feel the need to derail the efforts of someone who has made a successful attempt to do something they love. Instead of raising that person up, supporting and applauding their obvious success, they put them down in an attempt to make themselves feel or look better. It's ugly. Once I witness behavior like that, I far remove myself from the situation. Those people will never change. I'm not saying that is necessarily happening with her, but it might be.
Overall, it's sad. And unnecessary. Is it jealousy? Or is it the hatred of easily cooked food that annoys you while you slave away making homemade pasta every night?
I'm sure she is inspiring for many novice cooks. I bet many people have ended up in the kitchen because she made something they felt they could recreate for themselves, family or friends. Once people feel confident in the kitchen they move on to more difficult recipes with success. If she can inspire that behavior, well, I think it's a beautiful thing.
Let's remember, this woman is not doing something evil, she's cooking dinner for gawd's sake. Why must she be bashed?
Splain it to me...
Do you love her or hate her? I'm fascinated by this.