Ok, first off this isn't a bash session, just some interesting things I noticed.
1. She is a Dunkin Donuts spokesperson, but thanks Starbucks in her books and makes no mention of Dunkin Donuts.
2. I keep reading threads and articles about how her 15 minutes are up. Didn't people say the same thing about Martha Stewart & Emeril? Heck didn't Martha Stewart just buy Emeril? Which makes me think...if you could buy any food network personality, who would it be? I would love to have Chairman Kaga yell "allez cuisine" right before I poured a bowl of cereal one morning.
3. If you want a good laugh, google Rachael Ray and click images. It's all pictures of her in suggestive clothing....ok it's her head superimposed on other people's body. Too funny!
4. She has 14 cookbooks which sell like hotcakes and she's not a chef. What does this say about the average persons taste buds. Ok, that was mean, I have one of them, but that's because the goodcook.com sent it to me by mistake. Honest.
5. Her Tv show gets 2.3 million viewers. That means if every viewer of each show spends 1 penny on her show she'll make 5.98 million dollars a year. She actually made $6 million from her books and tv show. She now has a contract with Dunkin Donuts and a Cutlery line.
6. She's cute. She may be annoying and overexposed, but she's cute. If she looked like Anthony Bourdain, we wouldn't want to buy into her act. Although I gladly buy into his every second he's on tv...and in a culinary way!
7. She's from a restaurant family, so why shouldn't we believe she knows food? She's more experienced than most of us chowhounders. Isn't she?
8. If she didn't have something to offfer, people wouldn't spend so much time bashing her. I laugh at all the threads criticizing her every move. Don't you people have remotes?
9. Has anyone cooked any of her recipes and had a near death experience? No, because they are simple, and probably rather tasty.
10. In the time it takes you to read this, you could have made a pop tart. Seriously, I live alone and I cook for myself a lot. Do I want to spend more than 30 minutes cooking? Sometimes, but that's a different story. At the end of the day, people want a nice meal and they don't want the hassle of slaving over a hot stove. She gives people an option other than takeout, which as I can say from first hand experience, is slowly killing us.