Maybe it’s because she’s not doing any harm. Maybe it’s because, after a 9-hour Freaks and Geeks marathon, I’m tired of seeing people get picked on. Or maybe it’s because there are other public figures out there far more worthy of criticism. But seriously, can we all stop picking on Sandra Lee for a little while?
It seems as though every foodie in America uses Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee as an outlet for their grievances. Just read the comments under one of her Youtube videos and you’ll see what I mean. People hate this woman. And for what? Because she bought some prepackaged ingredients and assembled them on TV? Please.
According to the New York Times, Sandra Lee:
“…has produced two books in which she encourages a dislike for cooking, and gives people an excuse for feeding themselves and their families mediocre food filled with preservatives”.
When Serious Eats tore apart her “Hanukkah cake” video, reader comments followed in suit.
Am I the only one here that thinks buying food encased in plastic does not signal a hatred of the slow food movement, or that including technically non-kosher marshmallows in a cake to celebrate a Jewish holiday does not make one a bigot?
Sure, her assembly-based cooking techniques roughly equal those of a five-year-old. Sure, she has zero regard for other cultures. Sure, she regularly uses the word “tablescape.” I’m not here to defend any of these actions.
I only want to point out that while Sandra Lee may be ignorant and unskilled, she is not a bad person. And although esteemed chefs scoff at the factory-quality “meals” she cranks out, the accessibility and simplicity of her ingredients may encourage busy mothers to actually cook at home – a better option than, say, Domino’s.
In the end, I’m going to side with this guy:
This woman is not trying to destroy our cooking culture, she’s just trying to make us some cute little cupcakes.Â So let’s just just step back, take a breath, and leave Sandra Lee alone for a little while.
…right after we watch this: