Tragic Details About Sandra Lee

Sandra Lee’s work has faced a lot of criticism over the years. While the concept of “Semi-Homemade” cooking was designed to be easy and affordable for people, many foodies judged her use of processed foods. However, Lee never wanted to be an elaborate, made-from-scratch chef, telling New York magazine, “When I came to the Food Network, I didn’t want to do a cooking show. … I wanted to do a home-and-garden show.”

Regardless, Lee has been taken to task by online trolls on food blogs and mainstream publications alike. The New York Times once wrote, “She seems more intent on encouraging people to create excuses for not cooking than on encouraging them to cook wholesome simple foods.” In an interview with The New York Times Magazine, Lee brushed off the naysayers, stating, “I’m not sure that some of the food purists are in touch with what really goes on in American households.”

Of course, there was also Lee’s infamous Kwanzaa cake, which was blasted for not only being culturally insensitive but for its mess of strange ingredients. It didn’t help that the late celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain roasted the creation. “Watch that clip and tell me your eyeballs don’t burst into flames,” he once told MSN TV. “It’s a war crime on television.” Bourdain often went after Lee, but she remained unfazed, telling New York magazine, “It’s just shtick, so I can’t even be mad at him.”

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