Martha Stewart Criticizes Rachael Ray; Rachael Ray Agrees
In her first television interview since serving five months in prison in 2004, Martha Stewart spoke to Nightline (the interview is set to air Thursday, but the story is already online). As a followup to their uncomfortable encounter on her show, Martha criticizes Rachael Ray's recent cookbook release Book of Ten and calls her an "entertainer":
"Well, to me, she professed that she could -- cannot bake," said Stewart. "She -- just did a new cookbook which is just a re-edit of a lot of her old recipes. She -- and that's not good enough for me. I mean, I really want to write a book that is a unique and lasting thing. Something that will really fulfill a need in someone's library. So, she's different. She's -- she's more of an entertainer than she is, with her bubbly personality, than she is a teacher, like me. That's not what she's professing to be... She does it very differently than I do, she's a totally different kind cook than I am. I don't know if she has a garden, I don't think so, but if she does, she doesn't show that on her show so much."
Nightline followed up with Rachael Ray, who accepted the criticism, and said:
"Why would it make me mad?" said Ray. "Her skill set is far beyond mine. That's simply the reality of it. That doesn't mean that what I do isn't important too... I don't consider it needling. I really just think she's being honest. She does have a better skill set than I do when it comes to producing a beautiful, perfect, high-quality meal. I'd rather eat Martha's than mine, too."
Hardly the "slam" that US Weekly suggests.
Earlier on Eat Me Daily
- Rachael Ray on The Martha Stewart Show Makes for Some Uncomfortable Television [video]
- Cook's Illustrated Rates Rachael Ray's Cookware Set as 'Not Recommended'
- Setting Rachael Ray on Fire [video]
- Bid on Dinner and Lunch at Martha Stewart's House [omfg]
- Martha Stewart-Brand Turkeys
- Conan Visits Martha Stewart - Classic Late Night with Conan O'Brien [video]