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Paula Deen: Love Her or Leave Her?

Earlier this week Paula Deen made an appearance on Rachael Ray's daytime talk show. When I was watching the segment where Deen discusses her wig, I couldn't help but cringe. Something about the Southern queen of butter rubs me the wrong way. Still, her shows on the Food Network are among the most popular. I'm wondering: how do you feel about her?

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goddessru goddessru 7 years
I find her extremely obnoxious. Ok- so you like to use butter in everything, I get it's my responsibility to "reduce" that and also that she's doing southern cooking. BUT what really annoys me is when she claims she's making a diet dish because its got ONE healthy ingredient in it. Come on Lady!! Are you serious?
bvfashion bvfashion 7 years
While I definitely can't hate on Paula Deen, because she is to be admired for making something out of nothing, I don't love her. Or at least, I don't love her food. I'm just not that into super buttery fatty style of cooking that she seems to love. The woman deep fries her bacon for christs sake!
SecondCitySoiree SecondCitySoiree 7 years
Just like Rachel Ray, I used to like her, but then the Food Network PR machine took her personality, amped it up, and made her into a "brand". I was really turned off after seeing her at the 2008 South Beach Wine & Food festival...she seemed so fake, and so packaged. Not at all like the Paula Deen from a few years ago. It makes me sad. :(
gothamgal gothamgal 7 years
I would say "like her" but her style of food isn't to my taste. She seems warm and genuine, a great host.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
She's okay, a little TOO much personality sometimes but otherwise okay.
bransugar79 bransugar79 7 years
I used to be a middle of the roader on this issue. I don't think her cooking is innovative, and as several people have mentioned it's just regular Southern cooking, so what's the big deal? My mom or aunts or grandma could out cook her any day of the week and they don't need 12 pounds of butter to do it. Now I actually live in Savannah and the Paula Deen craziness is just unbearable. It's like she owns the whole city. I'm not jealous I just wish she'd go away, or that people would stop drinking the butter laden kool aid already. I admire people who pull themselves up by their bootstraps but no matter what anyone tells you this woman was never destitute. She may have been an average middle class housewife but she wasn't hurting for anything. She decided she wanted to start a business and she did ;like so many other people have in this country since forever, I don't think that makes her a revolutionary. All I can do now is sit back and wait for her 15 minutes to be over and hope that the next "it" personality is from a different part of the country
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 7 years
i'm somewhere in between love her or leave her. i watch her sometime but some days she can get on my nerves. that being said i have used some of her recipes ~ just modifying them to be healthier. :)
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 7 years
I love her! She has an infectious personality and all her food looks delicious!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 7 years
I think she'd be great to have as a grandma. Think of holidays at her house! Yum, food. I had no idea that she wore a wig, though! No wonder I always thought her hair looked sort of fake in certain pictures.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I love her. She's totally unapologetic and hilarious, and her red velvet cupcake recipe is the best I've ever tried.
mollyparnis mollyparnis 7 years
I admire anyone who has a dream and goes for it
xxstardust xxstardust 7 years
I love her to pieces. I try and cut back on the butter (sometimes, anyway. Butter *is* delicious, and I go to the gym so I can eat it if I want, lol!), but seriously? That lady has some serious kitchen skills.
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 7 years
I live in the South and have HAD IT with Paula, same as I did with Emeril and also with Rachael Ray. OVERexposure and little diversity in cuisine, and not much healthy to eat. Blech. I'm sick of sour cream, butter and garlic. Bring back Sarah Moulton...
Ashybaylor Ashybaylor 7 years
If you have issues with her, it's more than likely because you are not from the South. Her food is very home-style southern cooking, which is wonderful. She uses recipes we all use down here, and the ones we don't have that we get from her are awesome. If you think her accent is phony, you have never been to Georgia...enough said. She seems very warm and loving, as well as cooking from the heart. I don't see how it could get much better
SublimeChica SublimeChica 7 years
I find her to be pretty obnoxious and I normally avoid her recipes due to the fact that each one seems to call for 1lb of butter, but the woman certainly can cook!
sonya-ina sonya-ina 7 years
I love her! She's so real and is not afraid to use heaps of butter, haha! If only I could be so daring ; P
Advah Advah 7 years
I wouldn't necessarily follow her recipes, but I love her. :P She cheers me up like no one else!
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