Wednesday, April 16
According to the New York Times, Food Network itself (via Carrie Welch) has "no comment," which I find odd, seeing how much press (and hits to the website) Food Network is getting right now.
Perhaps they don't want to enter the political arena, but you can't buy this kind of press, Carrie. Capitalize! Here's some ideas how:
1) Challenge Cindy McCain to a Throwdown with the original recipe creator. If Cindy loses, John McCain will agree to drop out of the race.
2) Develop a show for Cindy called 30 Minute Steals in which she recreates chefs' recipes and offers tips on convincing guests they're her own. ("Tell people your Grandma taught you this recipe!")
3) Have Cindy pass out samples of the passion fruit mousse (also stolen from Food Network and published as her own in the New York Sun) to Chelsea Market passerbys as penance... with an attached coupon for Food Network branded cookware of course, available for purchase just a few stores down.
See--I have lots of ideas. Call me, Carrie:-)
The Times also has a quote from Rachael Ray:
"My recipes are supposed to be accessible to everyone — interns, students, senators and families alike,” Ms. Ray said through a spokesman, Charlie Dougiello. “I personally find it flattering when anyone cooks my food.” Ms. Ray, a Democrat, then invited both McCains to share recipes on her show.
The Washington Post got a quote from Ahi tuna with Napa cabbage slaw recipe creator and host of the former Food Network show Cooking Thin, Kathleen Daelesmans:
"Am I offended?" asked Daelemans, a Democrat who said she voted for Clinton in the Michigan primary. "Absolutely not. I'm flattered. I'd love to cook it for them personally."
So this "irrelevant" issue has gotten picked up by pretty much every major news outlet and countless minor ones.
And if stealing from Food Network wasn't enough, Wonkette has uncovered yet another recipe Cindy McCain has claimed to be her own. This one was even published! "Her" 3-Minute No-Bake Cookie recipe was stolen directly from Quaker Oats and printed in Yankee Magazine!
Don't be stealing from Quakers! That's just not right. The man in the hat may look nice, but he has a mean streak.
So, to all you presidential candidates out there (and your spouses): let this be a warning to you. It's fine if you don't have your own recipes; just don't claim others as your own. I highly doubt Hills runs home to invent a new cookie recipe after a week-long bus tour across Pennsylvania. But if asked, she better be honest and say it came off the back of a Baker's Chocolate bar and not developed while undergoing sniper fire in Bosnia.