An Open Invitation to Paula Deen
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.
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.
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.