She has been diagnosed with it for three years. She turned 65 on Jan. 19.
“I told you so” rings hollow. Her career, TV shows and cookbooks are dedicated to butter-enriched, high-fat indulgences, so we have long expected diabetes to come into her life.
Leave it to bad boy TV chef Anthony Bourdain to say what many have thought. He notes that she has known about the diabetes for a long time and has had to figure out how to position herself.
“When your signature dish is hamburger in between a doughnut, and you’ve been cheerfully selling this stuff knowing all along that you’ve got Type 2 diabetes — It’s in bad taste if nothing else,” Bourdain said on Eater.com.
That dish is the Lady’s Brunch Burger — a half-pound beef patty topped with bacon and egg fried in butter served between two glazed donuts.
I am with Bourdain on not liking the food produced from her recipes. I have gagged a couple of bites down at family functions, and one time stowed the rest of the plateful behind the Christmas tree when I thought no one was looking.
My advice is to avoid the Better Than Sex cake. It is not.
How can anyone think that is Southern cooking? I prefer collard greens.
The Butter Queen and her two sons have become shills for drug company Novo Nordisk, which manufactures a diabetes drug. That has gotten Bourdain’s snarky goat.
He tweeted a comment that has been widely passed around in the Internet: “Thinking of getting into the leg-breaking business, so I can profitably sell crutches later.”