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Paula Deen bites back at Anthony Bourdain: ‘Get a life!’

Paula Deen promo photo

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Paula Deen, Savannah’s most popular on-air food personality, bit back at Anthony Bourdain’s harsh assessment in TV Guide of her and other Food Network staples.

At the same time, she does not address his chief criticism: that the food she dishes out is incredibly fattening and unhealthy for its viewers. Instead, she said he went after her character and failed to address how charitable she is, while also questioning his level of charity.

Here’s what she told the New York Post:

“Anthony Bourdain needs to get a life. You don’t have to like my food, or Rachael’s, Sandra’s and Guy’s. But it’s another thing to attack our character. I wake up every morning happy for where I am in life. It’s not all about the cooking, but the fact that I can contribute by using my influence to help people all over the country. In the last two years, my partners and I have fed more than 10 million hungry people by bringing meat to food banks.”

Back at you, Anthony! What do you have to say about that?

Here’s what Bourdain, star of Travel Channel’s “No Reservations,” originally said in the print edition of TV Guide about Deen: “The worst, most dangerous person to America is clearly Paula Deen. She revels in unholy connections with evil corporations and she’s proud of the fact that her food is [bleep]ing bad for you. If I were on at seven at night and loved by millions of people at every age, I would think twice before telling an already obese nation that it’s OK to eat food that is killing us. Plus, her food sucks.”

He also insulted Guy Fieri, Rachael Ray and Sandra Lee.
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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

288 comments Add your comment

Mr. Smarty Pants by Gum

August 19th, 2011
1:13 pm

More Dagmar Please !!!

Lovey

August 19th, 2011
1:22 pm

Love Anthony and Paula but he really needs to keep the comments to himself.

Cassie

August 19th, 2011
1:24 pm

Well, Bourdain has a point about the fatty food. I think he could have said it nicer, but then again, he’s a tell-it-how-he-sees in New Yorker… so we can’t really expect any different.

bulldogbubba

August 19th, 2011
1:26 pm

Southerners know how to live life and it confuses others.

Mr Fernwell

August 19th, 2011
1:42 pm

Bring back Paul Ossmann!!!!

Odis

August 19th, 2011
2:05 pm

I agree with Anthony, nothing that Paula cooks is even remotely healthy and she glorifies the fact that her food is unhealthy and that she and her husband are grossly over weight. The day I watch Paula Deen deep fry a canned biscuit I knew I wasn’t her audience demographic. With the health crisic facing our nation, I do believe that she has a moral obligation to at least try and present healthy food options. Her entire show doesn’t have to be about healthy eating, but at the same time it can’t continue to be a pig-out feast either. She should show some responsibility.

Foodie

August 19th, 2011
2:19 pm

As a food network fan I enjoy watching the entertainment and joy of cooking shown by Paula and the others mentioned. The only difference between them and the high end chefs is the cost and complexity of the ingredients. This is class warfare in the kitchen.

Jean Crawford

August 19th, 2011
2:39 pm

Paula, you hang in there baby!!!!! You have been an inspiration to me and a lot of my friends. I look forward to seeing you every chance I have and know you’re going to be on! You always make me feel really good because you are a happy person. And you have given me some really good ideas on cooking and I buy all your books and magazines!!!! At least we don’t put worms or bugs in our food and try to act like they are tasty!!!!! Love ya!!!!!!

Irene Gemelos

August 19th, 2011
2:53 pm

I used to watch….Paula Deen was entertaining, jolly, cute, funny, a character and kudos to her good works for food banks. But truth be told, her food is high fat, high cholesterol, and just unhealthy….. unless you live with a cardiologist avoid it. We live in a country now with too many obese children (that live in poverty). It’s so sad to see a child who can’t physically keep up in sports and play because of over weight because for dinner he typically ate deep fried pork chops with a side of mac & cheese. A vegetable was a sprig of parsley or a mint leaf with his cream pie (as per Paula). I would like to see more celebrity chefs concerned about our unhealthy diets and our very serious obesity problem.

Marshall Stacks

August 19th, 2011
2:57 pm

I try to eat healthy; if I want to live vicariously, I’d rather watch Epic Meal Time than Paula Deen…

indiansummer

August 19th, 2011
2:57 pm

I want Suchita!

what?

August 19th, 2011
2:59 pm

Here is the thing. People are fat because they eat govt food, not by cooking recipes that Paula created.

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August 19th, 2011
3:00 pm

You tell him, you annoying redneck wench!

Em

August 19th, 2011
3:00 pm

I don’t think he needed to say her food sucks. But on the other parts, he is not wrong. I believe one of the corporations she works with encourages illegal immigrants to come into the US and work for them. She is fun to watch, but I would have to re-do every recipe. America needs more help on how to cook and eat healthy as part of an every day lifestyle – but the Food Network does not seem to be catching on.

smell the bacon

August 19th, 2011
3:00 pm

I think Paula’s butter bacon burgers speak for themselves. My father died of a massive, mycardial infarction when I was nine. It’s a “food-borne illness” says at least one surgeon, in an online CNN article TODAY. Spent a few hours in the NEGA Medical Center out-patient surgery waiting room back in May — a surgeon brought out a small vial of arterial fat he’d removed from a cardiac patient. All three of his family members were heavy enough to have BMI warnings, and they said they would put it in a cooler to show the patient HE needed to change HIS diet . . . denial will put us all six feet under. It’s not attacking someone’s character to mention the saturated fat content of his or her cooking, and the responsibility to the audience.

PMC

August 19th, 2011
3:00 pm

How is this about Paula Dean’s cooking? Have you seen Bourdain eat? The guy never met a side of pork he didn’t like or a meat in tube form he didn’t devour.

Lighten up everyone, take responsibility for your own health and your own life, and just enjoy being entertained by these folks.

JT

August 19th, 2011
3:02 pm

If you don’t like the food she prepares don’t watch the show! Plain and simple. She doesn’t owe anyone an explanation. There are many health food shows on. WATCH ONE THEM!

KEEP DOING IT BIG PAULA. YOU ARE LOVED!

Innocent Bystander

August 19th, 2011
3:02 pm

Paula mentions on her show many times that it’s all about moderation, and that she and her family don’t eat the sorts of food she cooks all the time.

At the end of the day, personal responsibility falls to each individual. It’s not, nor should it be, Paula’s responsibility to cook strictly food that is healthy. My family cooks a “Paula meal” maybe once a week (usually Friday or Saturday), and it’s our time to enjoy good food and sit down and enjoy each other’s company.

It’s really a shame that Anthony seems to think it’s up to a TV chef to teach America how to eat. This mentality destroys the concept of personal responsibility, which in turn is destroying our country.

Michael Griffin

August 19th, 2011
3:03 pm

What do you expect from a drunk !!

Just Saying

August 19th, 2011
3:03 pm

Here’s the thing. Sure it maybe fattening. But who cares. Paula isnt the problem, neither is food network. WE ALL have a choice on what we decide to put in our mouths. People should take responsibility for their own actions. If you dont like dont cook it. Im just saying.

Brainstorm

August 19th, 2011
3:05 pm

I ate at Lady & Sons when i visited Savannah last year, and I walk up Stone Mountain about five days a week, so I am not too concerned about keeling over due to clogged arteries. I also look forward to dining at her restaurant the next time I am in her town.

LMM

August 19th, 2011
3:05 pm

Well who said that the food paula cooks has to be healthy? Everything in this life that you can eat or drink is not healthy for you. Bourdain needs to get over himself! If he does not want to eat it, don’t eat it. for other who do, eat and enjoy. No one said that you have to eat rich unhealthy food everyday!!! I hope Paula continues to do what she does because one day, I want to tast and eat some of her food.

Tired

August 19th, 2011
3:05 pm

Food is meant to be eaten, not used as a prop for a television show that strokes some person’s overinflated ego. Cut them all loose…

JJ

August 19th, 2011
3:05 pm

as my granny used to say – put on your big boy pants Anthony. It’s not intended to be a daily diet, just like McDonalds. Isn’t the blame to be put with the person / parents. Johnny doesn’t do the grocery shopping or drive to McDonalds for breakfast lunch and dinner. Mommy & Daddy if around should take the responsibility of raising the children they have brought in to this world. If they would worry less about having all that the Jone’s have and more about the health and welfare of Johnny – he won’t have an xbox, nintendo and wii so that they can let him sit infront of the tv while they work to pay for those items. Instead they would have well planned family dinners with occasional dishes that Paul Dean would make, johnny would play sports, or get some kind of daily exercise. If not Johnny grows up not to know any different and his kids will be even fatter… speaking as the fatter kid. It is PERSONAL RESPONSIBILTY – not regulations that will make the difference. When we think that having a tv personality cook healthy food is going to change our bad habits or government regulations on food preparation will save us…. we FAIL.

dawginexile

August 19th, 2011
3:06 pm

Get a freakin’ life, people! Paula`doesn’t have a “moral obligation” to tell supposed adults how to eat, you PC nitwit! Generations have grown up eating variations of the recipes she prepares; it isn’t about the food ingredients so much as it is the quantities people insist on shoving in their pie holes. “All You Can Eat” is not a dare. Good God, can’t you people make any decisions for yourselves? Must everything you do include a government seal of approval?

Just Saying

August 19th, 2011
3:06 pm

One more thing Anthony is a chain smoker and drinks….so how healthy is that.

Southern Comfort

August 19th, 2011
3:07 pm

Typical New Yorker. Rude, loud, and wrong. Keep it to yourself, please.

Really?

August 19th, 2011
3:09 pm

Hey, Paula: fix me a sandwich and shut up.

Did I miss something?

August 19th, 2011
3:09 pm

Can you eat the food Paula cooks just by watching your TV? Don’t think anybody preparing home cooked meals is the cause of the nation’s obesity crisis. A few more people eat at McD’s every day than cook up double-deep-fried twinkies for dessert.

P-Dawg

August 19th, 2011
3:10 pm

Anthony is a funny man. He gets on Paula for cooking unhealthy and poor tasting food but what has he done to contribute to society. He is clearly an alcoholic. Every show he stumbles into some bar and pretends not to want to drink…………….then he sits there and downs a bottle of scotch and vodka while he tries to sound philosophical. Now he is a man we all should follow down the road of destruction.
Paula’s dishes are by no means a meant to be consumed on a daily basis. I have made several of her dishes and they are extremely tasty. I am not a kid and I do realize that things need to be consumed in moderation. I guess that is what is wrong with America……….everyone wants to make judgments about others but never take the time to look in the mirror. Gooooo Dawgs!!!!

Sweedish Chef

August 19th, 2011
3:13 pm

Anthony Bourdain needs a laxative…..

TV Expert

August 19th, 2011
3:13 pm

Anthony…there’s nothing wrong with Paula’s food or any other food (even the “food” that you eat) as long it is eaten in moderation.

Mickey7

August 19th, 2011
3:13 pm

And this is from the guy who curses like a sailor, gets toasted on tv, and smokes!

Peter

August 19th, 2011
3:14 pm

Good for that Chubby Paula Dean….helping America to get FATTER !

Go you BIG GIRL !

bamabelle2000

August 19th, 2011
3:14 pm

YOU GO PAULA! Any idiot knows you don’t eat that kind of food on daily bases or you will be fat duh It is about moderation. Hell the world might be a better place if some of these “healthy” eaters would have a cheeseburger every once and awhile and get over the attitude.

Prettygirl1908

August 19th, 2011
3:15 pm

I love Paula Deen and her food can have as much butter as she wants….look, we love our food to taste an look great….Let’s have a little respect for the South please!

Leary

August 19th, 2011
3:15 pm

I’m sure Paula’s food is delicious. It is what I was raised on, but not what I eat now. As a special treat or for comfort food it may be just what the doctor ordered, but it is not for daily consumption. It wouldn’t hurt her program to cook something that is good and good for you also. The character attack was uncalled for…

Eye Roll

August 19th, 2011
3:17 pm

“With the health crisic facing our nation, I do believe that she has a moral obligation to at least try and present healthy food options. Her entire show doesn’t have to be about healthy eating, but at the same time it can’t continue to be a pig-out feast either. She should show some responsibility.”

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Have you ever heard of this thing called PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY? Every adult is personally responsible for what they stick in their mouth! What abou the CANCER STICKS that BOURDAIN inserts into his mouth (along with his foot)? PARENTS are RESPONSIBLE for what THEIR CHILDREN eat?

Didn’t your mother ever teach you about making the RIGHT CHOICES?

PS – Odis sounds like a redneck moniker not a pretentious wannabe food critic ;}

TC

August 19th, 2011
3:18 pm

Love Paula Dean, many things in life are bad for your health. If you eat period you are going to eat something fattening. Have some veggies with your meals.

Jan

August 19th, 2011
3:18 pm

Good heavens! Paula fixes food that many people dream of eating or that they eat on occassion. She is a guilty pleasure and so is her food. If you don’t like her or her food, the don’t watch her and don’t eat it. Now that was easy!

DHB

August 19th, 2011
3:19 pm

Just Saying…If you don’t like Paula Deen’s show, don’t watch it. If you don’t like Paula’s recipes, don’t make them. If you don’t like Paula’s food, don’t go to her restaurants. Thank God it’s a free country!

mark

August 19th, 2011
3:19 pm

Sounds like anthony is a little jealous of (PAULA) He sucks and I hate his show. You dont see her puffing on a ciggarete every five minutes. What kills more people, cancer or cholesteral?

Raiderbeater

August 19th, 2011
3:19 pm

So……all the people that hate Paula Deen because she cooks fatty food….do you have a fast car? Do you choose to smoke? Leave someones choices to themselves and your opinion to yourself least you be written about by others.

John

August 19th, 2011
3:20 pm

When did become Paula’s problem to keep people from eating fatty foods. She cooks the way my grandmother ijust because she is onTV does make it here problem to tell people how to eat. When are people in America going to start taking responsibilty for their own actions and stop blaming people on TV? If your overweight because you eat unhealthy its up to you to push away from the table. It is up to you to learn how to be more healthy.. Stop blaming fast food and on tv personalities for your health. It happens too often ” oh my kid is fat” lets sue Mcdonalds because you dont the parenting ability to tell your NO!!! Come on people. Quit laying the blame on other people and take responsibility for your own actions.

swhite1115

August 19th, 2011
3:20 pm

You know, I’m not a big Paula Deen fan, she’s way too hokey for me. But I don’t understand Mr. Bourdain. Is she holding a gun to someone’s head and making them eat this food? Does everyone now have to bow down before the altar of Bourdain to make the proper foods? Are his foods rich…other than the price? And to all of you talking about the “crisis” in the country of obesity I would just have to say, as does Paula Deen, “get a life.” If the food Nazis spent as much time complaining about the bloated, obese national budget as they do about physical obesity we could probably do away with it in a couple years. I sense a tremendous amount of jealousy on Bourdain’s part: If I were on at seven at night and loved by millions of people at every age.” In the words of Shakespeare, “Methinks thou dost protest too much.”

Nate

August 19th, 2011
3:21 pm

Evil corporations? Is Anthony a communist?
Anthony goes around eating free food all over the place.
I’ve never seen him prepare one meal.
As far as I can see he’s just a “BUM!”
Paula Deen, and even Andrew Zimmerman, who’s on the same
network as Anthony, are the most sincere honest people I’ve ever seen on
TV. Anyone that would personally attack people like those have an evil inside them.

bugs

August 19th, 2011
3:22 pm

Paula said on Fox that he musta woke up and peed in his cereal.I agree

Sweedish Chef

August 19th, 2011
3:22 pm

BTW…..it’s not Paula’s job to keep your kids from getting fat, IT”S YOUR JOB!!!!!

Jose Perez, III

August 19th, 2011
3:24 pm

There no way that you can tell me that Paula’s food taste bad. My wife cooks many of her recipes and they are delicious. Yes many of her food is high in fat but so what? You already know what you are getting. Try her Carrot cake and tell me that it doesn’t taste like the best you’ve ever had. So instead of listening to Anthony let your taste buds do the real critique. You don’t have to cook everything that you see on TV but you can’t say that everything you see Paula do is bad for you because everything that Bourdain cooks is not necessarily your cup of tea either….

Eye Roll

August 19th, 2011
3:26 pm

Em whines … “America needs more help on how to cook and eat healthy as part of an every day lifestyle – but the Food Network does not seem to be catching on.”

Have you ever heard of a remote control? Do you know how to change a channel? Coming soon just for you … the Uptight & Pretentious Channel!!!