Source: 8 Things That'll Surprise You About Paula Deen
In January, Southern cooking queen Paula Deen - who's known for recipes like deep-fried butter and burgers with doughnuts as buns - revealed that she'd been living with type 2 diabetes for years. Public outrage ensued. Since then, she's stayed busy trying to help confused fans reconcile her famous lowcountry cooking with a healthier way of living.
She addressed this at a recent New York City Wine & Food Festival event, a TimesTalk hosted by The New York Times and moderated by Kim Severson. During the forthright (and at times bizarre) conversation, I was surprised to learn a number of surprising facts about Paula.
- She was in denial about having diabetes. Paula, who sees her doctor twice a year, went to three checkups before admitting that she really had diabetes. "When she told me I was diabetic, I thought . . . baloney. It was that half a cake I had yesterday. Nobody in my family has diabetes, and they all eat the same way.