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Paula Deen "In Bad Taste"?

Paula Deen

For a Food Network chef as well-known for her Southern twang as she is for her love of mayonnaise and butter-laden dishes, Paula Deen’s recent admission that she’s been suffering from type 2 diabetes for the past 3 years has some questioning why she continues to whip up such high-fat meals. And no one is more vocal about his disdain for her fatty and sugary fare than fellow cook Anthony Bourdain.

Bourdain sat down with Eater to discuss his reaction to Paula Deen’s recent announcement that she’s had diabetes for three years now and has signed on with a pharmaceutical company to endorse a drug she takes to manage her disease.

When asked whether he feels Deen’s plan to endorse the diabetes medication while dishing out dangerously high-fat foods is hypocritical, Bourdain quips, “When your signature dish is hamburger in between a doughnut, and you've been cheerfully selling this stuff knowing all along that you've got Type 2 Diabetes... It's in bad taste if nothing else.”

While discussing her condition on the Today show Paula Deen did defend her cooking by explaining to Al Roker that she has always told viewers that this type of food should not be consumed on a daily basis. Deen explains, “I share with you all these yummy, fattening recipes, but I tell people, in moderation... it's entertainment. People have to be responsible. Like I told Oprah, 'Honey, I'm your cook, not your doctor.' You have to be responsible for yourself.”

What do you think of what Anthony Bourdain has to say about Paula Deen’s cooking style?

Do you think Paula Deen’s plan to endorse diabetes medication and cook high-fat fare sends the wrong message?

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  • By ctmedz

    I adore Paula Deen and that sweeeeet southern personalty. Thats like saying someone allergic to chocolate should never share a recipe for choclate chip cookies!! Paula shares so many recipes, whether they are from the viewers, her own or her families. Why should she discuss her medical issues with everyone? And, besides that, she may have diabetes, but she isnt dead. She can eat some of her recipes and at one point these are the foods she did eat growing up on. I dont know, I dont get Anthony Bourdain's comment...PLEASE!!! Paula having diabetes doesnt change my feelings for her in the least!! She is one of a kind!!

  • By TheresaL

    Honestly, I have never cared for Paula Deen's cooking style or her show. I do believe it is hypocritical to endorse the medication and continue with all that butta! I understand that everyone wants to make more money, but feel this is not "in good taste"

  • By ginabad

    I'm not a fan of this kind of food, but I do think that Paula Deen is missing out on a huge opportunity to change the way she cooks, to reinvent herself and her dishes in a healthier way - not bland, tasteless or skimpy. We all change when life throws a curveball. (Was it really a curve for her though? She must have know the risks.) Paula should cook on her show as she cooks for herself. Nowadays, the market is leaning towards tasty, healthy eating (primal diet), she should catch up now that she has good reason. Just my 2 cents...

  • By achiaramonte

    I think she should have been up front about having diabeties, but I don't fault her cooking. I think everything in moderation. No one is supposed to eat like that every day, or even four times a week. I wish her the best in her treatment and hope now that she has come out with it, she'll use it as a learning opportunity for eating fatty foods in moderation and exercising

  • By gwenparrish

    I watched Paula Dean on The Chew last week and she was fantastic. I love Paula Dean and I do NOT think that she has acted in bad taste. She is correct - she is an entertainer - not a doctor. We MUST start taking personal responsibility for our actions. I have three of her cookbooks, however, I do NOT cook out of them everyday and when I do use them, I do a little substituting with the ingredients. I will say that while I understand why she partnered with a pharmaceutical company (ie, she has to make money too) - this bugged me. I am a proponent of changing habits (diet, exercise, ect.) Which she has. She said she has not had a glass of sweet tea in over 2 years. She also said that one of her son's is working on a cook book for diabetics. That's the message we should be sharing! That she is making responsible choices and her followers should too.

  • By keeganandjacksmommy

    i love paula dean! her medical history is just that - hers! she has no obligation to share her medical issues with us. i hope that by revealing the diabetes issue she will now use her position to start showing people how to cook/eat healthier. maybe a new diabetic/ healthy cookbook is in the future? :)

  • By junconventional

    Let's see 1. Paula didn't have to disclose her medical history 'cause that's her business 2. Anyone that is going to eat the way Paula eats just because gets what they get - 3. Anthony his taking lipitor (while I love Anthony he has some nerve), drinks, and he used to be a smoker. Other than the smoking, I don't see him trying to be a role model for Americans. Have you seen his shows lately - why didn't you include Andrew Zimmern, Adam Richman , or Emeril Lagasse. 4. We all need to be taking our health more seriously 5. Paula ain't crying playing the victim. She has lived the life she wanted. Besides it is not uncommon for people in their 60, 70, 80's to develop something.

  • By mlbert

    As there are so many different types of cooking and chefs on food networks/channels, I cannot fault Paula Deen entirely as this is is how she makes her living. I never watched her shows as I knew right away how unhealthy her recipes are and frankly, most Southern cooking which uses a lot of butter, fat, and sugar right away would tell you it's really just asking for heart disease and diabetes for sure. I'm not surprised at all that she finally announced the truth about her diabetes disease which affects millions of Americans now. It's just too bad that instead of changing the format of her show by showing her fans how they can reverse the disease by cooking up more healthy recipes to combat diabetes, she instead advertises the diabetes drug she uses. For me moderation is not the key as it resulted in the disease anyway. All the more for me to not watch her show at all.

  • By chauntel9

    I do think Paula Deen should've been honest with the public years ago. She's doing it now for her own financial gain. However, I don't think it's fair to blame her for the health of others. If this were true, the blame would equally have to be shared between all the fast food companies, and companies that make convenience foods (Little Debbie, Nabisco, etc.)

  • By chanelshykisses

    I think the public should leave her alone and stop being judgemental,she's only human!

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