Paula Deen’s magazine

Paula Deen’s Magazine….um, that rhymes.

I love Paula Deen–I like her recipes, and I like her TV show. I love that she CHOWS down at the end of her TV show, often getting whipped cream all over her face. I love that she piles a triple serving of whipped cream on any dessert, and isn’t afraid of cream or butter. I love that she often sticks her finger (ala Julia Child) into the food to nab a taste.

This is a woman who is NOT afraid of food at all (unlike Giada Larentiis, the size zero chef with gobs of makeup and lip gloss who eats her food all dainty-like at the end–she makes me lose my appetite).

Plus, I like her recipes. They are good.

So when I saw Paula Deen’s new magazine on the grocery store shelf, I nabbed it.

But, dear reader, her magazine sucks. If you want recipes, go to Cook’s Illustrated. If you want a narrative on food and ingredients, go to Gourmet or Saveur or even Martha Stewart Living. Paula Deen’s magazine reads like the Pennysaver in its writing style, and the recipes are presented like they’re appearing in a coupon book. (Basically, there are tons of pictures and recipes without a narrative tying the recipes together–but then the recipes themselves are not that intriguing, like discount clothes on a sales rack).

There were a few sections outside of food. For instance, there was a two page layout on “red white and blue” bouquets in celebration of July 4th. The ugliest bouquets ever.

Paula, I’m sticking to your TV show and your cookbooks. Omnipedia, you ain’t.

Update: another reason this magazine looks sub-par…all the photographs seem to be taken with FLASH (a no-no in food photography), and I noticed that the articles tend to just be a list of recipes, as opposed to being attached to a narrative or some sort of intro. which makes it come off like a Pennysaver.

5 responses to “Paula Deen’s magazine

  1. That is cool that she EATS. Skinny chefs kinda irk me, too.

    I think few people have Martha’s complete Image – I mean, she’s an ex-con, and still had her stock go up and got two TV shows! Interesting though that both Martha and Paula built their businesses after divorces (M’s husband was having an affair with her assistant!).

  2. Giada has a freakishly large head. So much so that it’s distracting. I think she’s a human bobble head!

  3. Not impressed with the food. My Grandma had better Sunday dinners and they cost a lot less!

  4. I cant believe that Paula Deen is actually on tv, much less as a chef. She has no professional culinary training, her recipes are mediocre at best, and that accent is nerve racking! Please get rid of her from the otherwise excellent food tv network!

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