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The Kwanzaa cake is like Freddy Krueger. IT REFUSES TO DIE! It made headlines once again yesterday, when a chef/food stylist named Denise Vivaldo stepped out of the shadows and admitted she, in fact, was the one who wrote the recipe for Sandra Lee. I don’t know what was more shocking to me – that someone actually admitted to this idea, or that someone other than Sandra Lee came up with it.
I don’t know who the hell this Denise Vivaldo woman is, but she needs to have her “chef/food stylist” card revoked, pronto. All these years, she contentedly sat back in the shadows while Anthony Bourdain, FNH, and the rest of the food world ranked on Sandra Lee for this culinary abomination. Now, when the topic of the Kwanzaa cake has all but been dead and buried, she dredges it up from its corn-nut grave and suddenly wants credit? Why? Money? Publicity? A few new tubes of ugly fuchsia lipstick?
I, for one, am shocked and appalled – not only by the hideousness of the cake, but also by the fact that celebrity chefs pay people to create recipes for them. Take Sandra Lee, for example. She goes around talking about “HER” recipes and how “SHE” came up with them, but it’s all a crock of shit! These celebrity chefs publish cook books and have television shows, but according to good old Denise, it’s common THEY DON’T EVEN WRITE THEIR OWN RECIPES! Blasphemy!
Anyway, Denise Vivaldo confessed her sins in a now-infamous article on the Huffington Post, and took several shots at Sandra Lee along the way. Here are the 5 most interesting, most revealing, or just plain WTF quotes from her article:
She has bad food taste? Uh, Denise honey, YOU’RE THE ONE WHO WROTE THE RECIPE. Doesn’t that mean you have “incredibly bad food taste” too?
Do you want a fucking cookie?
Wow, Denise. Way to bite the hand that pays you $100-$400 (plus groceries!) for each of your gross recipes.
If Denise was so against the method behind the recipes, why did she agree to take the job to begin with? She used the excuse that she had to “pay the bills” – but did those few hundred dollars really make all that much difference? I don’t fucking think so. She bragged that she’s been writing recipes for authors and food companies for 20+ years, and “at least twenty of the fifty cookbooks” she wrote or contributed to “ended up on the New York Times Best-Seller List.” I call bullshit.
Perhaps it would behoove you to remember that the next time she calls you looking for another angel food cake. Denise.
Let’s hear it, FNH. What do you think of this news? Are you surprised Aunt Sandy wasn’t really the one who came up with this trainwreck?
Other posts on Food Network Humor:---NY Mag Paints Sandra Lee As A Manipulative Control Freak
---Sandra Lee’s “Other” Abomination: The Hanukkah Cake
---Tis The Season: Guy Makes Sandra Lee’s Kwanzaa Cake
---Sandra Lee’s Semi-Homemade Wedding Cake
---Sandra Lee’s “Noel Cake”
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