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Anyone Read Sandra Lee's Memoir?

Maybe this is a case of sympathy for the devil--but has anyone read Sandra Lee's memoir, Made from Scratch?

I'm not a fan of her show, but it sounds like she might actually be a pretty interesting person. I read a bunch of blog posts about her memoir and wrote my own (http://wishboneclover.typepad.com/wis...) based on other reviews and excerpts--but have any Hounds tossed down $19.95 (or whatever) and read through the whole thing? Is it worth a trip to the library?

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  1. You wrote a review of the book with out reading it?

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    1. re: Withnail42

      No, I wrote a reaction to the book without reading it. I'm not a book reviewer.

    2. I saw her chefography and was amazed at her life. She raised herself and I believe a sister from a very young age. She was an entrepeneur with some sort of drapery product. Worked her butt off. She grudgingly earns my respect.

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      1. re: southernitalian

        Just remember who produces the chefographies--the same network on which her show is broadcast. I give her credit for making lemons into lemonade, but a book? I'll pass. I saw the cover and she looked sorta sad. Now I know why.

      2. No, and I do not plan on reading it.

        Other than someone jotting one of her "recipes" down on paper, I cant think of a bigger waste of trees.

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        1. re: swsidejim

          Now Now... Be nice lol!
          I think you're getting a little cranky. See what happens when you eat at a chain restaurant? :-}
          Actually, I read part of her book and I'd have to agree with you. I didn't find her to be nearly as inspiring as she thinks she is.

          1. re: Tay

            hilarious post tay. Damn Claim Jumper must still be in my system(at least I didnt have to pick up the tab, or id be more cranky).... : )

            If I see her show on t.v., I cant switch the channel fast enough, let alone sit down and read about her/written by her... the horror.... ; )

            1. re: swsidejim

              I have no intention of reading the book either. I'm just saying, she's not the vapid blonde she plays on TV. She obviously has a lot of gumption. I have never seen more than 5 minutes of her show but I bet it's better than the FN show that I don't have!

              1. re: southernitalian

                Southernitalian
                Please don't get the impression that II'm making light of her personal trials and tribulations. I'm not disparaging her personal experiences. I just didn't find her story especially book worthy. If others do, I'm certainly not thinking less of them..

                1. re: Tay

                  You can make light of her all day long and I won't be offended! Swear! I wouldn't read the book if you paid me but my 60 year old mother and all of her friends will tear thru it! :) I was just surprised when I watched the chefography story. Still not a fan, still not interested in the book or the show.

                  1. re: southernitalian

                    Good. I wouldn't want to give the impression I was making light of her personal difficulties. I just didn't find her story all that compelling or(for me,) book worthy.

            2. re: Tay

              "I didn't find her to be nearly as inspiring as she thinks she is."

              I think that about sums it up. I think I'm gonna wait for the books on tape version.

              1. re: Tay

                Tay, did you buy the book or was it in a Dr. office? Please explain yourself!

              2. re: swsidejim

                I feel sorry for her. Her mom was an alcoholic and they were on welfare. It's sad.

                Which is why I am surprised why she is always having a cocktail at every meal

                1. re: stellamystar

                  I heard her interviewed on Joan Hamburg's radio show (WOR NY) and she sounded intelligent. I think her show is ridiculous but then I am a person who loves to cook and bake. Her angle is that there are so many people who want to serve something better than fast food and can't afford the time, or don't have the skill to cook it "from scratch".I can respect that. I also respect how she remade herself and created a commercial product using her looks and drive.

                  1. re: lucyis

                    I read a bit about her on People magazine (I swear -- I was at the doctor's office) and couldn't help to feel sorry for her circumstances. Now, I can't stand her show, but kudos to her for making something of herself.

                  2. re: stellamystar

                    I met someone who use to work on her set and without spreading rude rumors, he said the apple apparently doesn't fall far from the tree in terms of her mother's habits.

                    I just can't believe she got a book deal!

                2. I'll read it right after Anthony Bourdain does.

                  Say no more.....

                  1. I haven't read the book and don't plan to read it. I cannot tolerate her TV show, but have seen it while my Mom was watching. It does occur to me, though, that she's an entrepeneur and so, saw her niche on FN and ran with it. I wonder if she really cooks that way at all. She may just know an opportunity when she sees it.