[Sca-cooks] OT/OOP From the Boston Globe: "Hatred of Rachael Ray Can Be A Powerful Uniting Force"

Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius adamantius1 at verizon.net
Sun Nov 26 08:46:04 PST 2006

On Nov 26, 2006, at 10:46 AM, Elaine Koogler wrote:

> Or maybe it's her perky personality.  She's just too "cute" for
> words....ugh!  And I don't feel like I've ever learned anything from
> her...as I have from some of my favs, like Mario!  I dunno...the  
> FoodTV
> channel seems to have so many peaks and valleys...Iron Chef,  
> Mario's shows,
> Alton Brown, etc vs. Bobby Flay, who seems to be all over the  
> channel in so
> many shows, Emeril who is VERY annoying,

I feel Emeril is mildly annoying, but you definitely can't say he  
doesn't know his stuff, whereas I've dealt with Bobby Flay for a long  
time, both from a distance and very much in person, and there's a  
very narrow window for the stuff he actually knows how to do. For  
everything else, he relies on underpaid staffers, just as Martha  
Stewart has been doing for what seems like centuries.

> and now Rachel Ray.  Do they really
> think these latter folks are all that great!!  I guess maybe they  
> do appeal
> to some folks...just like some of those awful "family" comedies on  
> broadcast
> TV!

Well, much as I regret to say it, Ray is indeed perky and, well, like  
it or not, a bit on the... curvaceous side (although there's a little  
more of here these days than her two-year-old publicity shots  
suggest). If one were to be influenced by that sort of thing (I, of  
course, am immune to such considerations), it seems to me that you'd  
want someone nice-looking, who _also_ can cook. Looking great while  
driving a sports car in heels is optional ;-). Especially since  
sports cars associated with me tend to be wearing boots...

But then you hear Rachael Ray's voice, which is a sort of nasal rasp  
with just a touch of Richard Simmons about it, and realize she's good  
for about three minutes before you'll start looking for heavy objects  
to slug her with.


"S'ils n'ont pas de pain, vous fait-on dire, qu'ils  mangent de la  
brioche!" / "If there's no bread to be had, one has to say, let them  
eat cake!"
     -- attributed to an unnamed noblewoman by Jean-Jacques Rousseau,  
"Confessions", 1782

"Why don't they get new jobs if they're unhappy -- or go on Prozac?"
     -- Susan Sheybani, assistant to Bush campaign spokesman Terry  
Holt, 07/29/04

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