December 18, 2006


Rachael Ray's energy and success keep her going and going (JOHN MARSHALL, 12/18/06, Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

[T]he one-time candy-counter attendant at Macy's also has expanded her multimedia efforts with a monthly magazine (Every Day with Rachael Ray), two compact discs with some of her favorite music (one for kids, one for Christmas), plus a daily TV talk show ("Rachael Ray") that debuted in September and now holds the fourth spot among syndicated chat fests, ahead of Ellen DeGeneres.

The indefatigable Ray, who surpasses even Katie Couric on the perk-o-meter, has laid serious claim to the title of America's Current Sweetheart. But not everybody is infatuated with Ray's cutesy-isms -- yum-o (for something she really likes), sammies (for sandwiches), EVOO (for extra virgin olive oil) -- or her endless mugging for the camera. A Web site called the "Rachael Ray Sucks Community" ( was started as a joke by Ray-hater Misty Lane of Lansing, Mich., but has grown into a much-mentioned Web phenom that now counts more than 1,300 members. They post regular diatribes that castigate Ray for her overexposure, her repetitiveness, her use of processed foods, even her bubbly personality. Referring to her as "Ray-tard" is one of their kinder cuts.

Ray even answered some of their criticisms with a spirited self-defense in the October issue of Esquire, under the headline of "Rachael Ray Doesn't Suck." She counters, "And the funny thing is, everything they say is valid: I'm not a chef; I'm a cook. But even the best chef in the world needs to know how to make a fast, tasty burger. Say what you want about me, but I throw down when it comes to burgers. I'm the queen of ground meat. The way I hack an onion is truly hacking at an onion. I do everything wrong. Whatever ..."

Where have you gone Marcia Adams...

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 18, 2006 8:15 AM

Ah, the tyranny of the perpetually perky is such that it MUST be countered by the revolutionaries of the continually cranky. No wonder we can't learn to appreciate the simple things some folks offer.

Except for French-fried Green Beans, however.

Posted by: Brad S at December 18, 2006 8:56 AM

Man, those beans looked good--even if it looks like Ms Ray may have eaten Mario Batalli for lunch....

Posted by: oj at December 18, 2006 9:16 AM

1,300 members on the Internet? That is nothing. Sounds like they have someone's ear.

Posted by: pchuck at December 18, 2006 10:44 AM

Pchuck: the media loves stories that afflict the comfortable, as long as it isn't one of their heroes, of course.

I've looked through two of her cookbooks, and found remarkably few recipes that sounded good to me.

Posted by: PapayaSF at December 18, 2006 3:19 PM

I bought one of her cookbooks for kids and it had some decent recipes (although you wouldn't call them light). Anything that gives some ideas helps in our household.

Posted by: pchuck at December 18, 2006 9:05 PM

Mr Macaca says, yum yum on that.

Posted by: Paul A'Barge at December 18, 2006 9:44 PM