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An Open Invitation to Paula Deen

Phaedrus Jun 26, 2013 07:54 AM

To the moderators, I know there are a bazillion threads on PD right now. I couldn't see how this open invitation from an African-American food historian could fit in any one of the threads without getting lost.

http://afroculinaria.com/2013/06/25/a...

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    angelsmom Jun 27, 2013 10:47 AM

    Most eloquent !

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      Jeanne Jun 27, 2013 12:07 AM

      Thanks so much for sharing this!

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        happybaker Jun 26, 2013 10:22 AM

        I somehow found this yesterday (maybe through chow!) and I too am touched by the writing and thoughts.

        Huzzah for good writing, that can touch and illuminate all.

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          INDIANRIVERFL Jun 26, 2013 10:09 AM

          Dear Phaedrus,

          Unfortunately your words, while excellent, will probably be drowned in the efluvia of the rest of the media. The rush to judgement based on partial evidence, putting out a candle with a fire hose, or the attitude that it has always been that way, so why should I change, has always been an irritation for me. But it is part of the society that I have chosen to live in. And I did chose. I almost became an expat in Europe, with a great job waiting for me after service.

          Interestingly enough, your reference to the mixed family in the cereal commercial was most timely for me. The comic strip "Jumpstart" is on my must read list and I didn't get the reference until reading your essay. One of these days I will have to buy a TV and integrate myself further into our culture.

          The heritage of any recipe is rarely mentioned, other than it came from great aunt so and so. The only TV food personality That did, for better or worse, was the Frugal Gourmet, Jeff Smith. And he had his own problems.

          I wish you success in your endeavors. Hope you don't get flamed too badly as your essay reaches wider audiences.

          1. Gio Jun 26, 2013 09:03 AM

            Thank You, Phaedrus...

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              jujuthomas Jun 26, 2013 08:39 AM

              wow. love that.

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                chloebell Jun 26, 2013 08:46 AM

                I read this yesterday. Loved it.

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                rasputina Jun 26, 2013 08:27 AM

                Thanks for posting it. He said it well.

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                  teezeetoo Jun 26, 2013 08:45 AM

                  great link and thoughtful piece. Thanks for posting.

                2. HillJ Jun 26, 2013 08:04 AM

                  Thank you for sharing this Phaedrus.

                  Until now, my skin was crawling; still confused by the real and the fake explosion. Guilty of playing along and not proud to swap words over any of the drama.

                  When people with a real talent for shaping their words make calm and gentile observations my own belief in what matters is restored.

                  And on this thread, I end my own guilty focus of PD.

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