Grease Under Fire

Paula Deen parlays just deserts into a sweet deal

Marshall Astor

Paula Dean's Lady's Brunch Burger

It's probably safe to say that few of her viewers were surprised when down-home-cooking doyenne Paula Deen announced on Jan. 17 that she has Type 2 diabetes. Deen's recipes are so gruesomely unhealthy, so prodigal in their use of butter and cream and sugar and all the things we are supposed to avoid, that her show has, for several years now, had an almost libertine glee to it. Deen, 64, shrugged off cholesterol, damned the consequences and embraced her role as the Hunter S. Thompson of the Velveeta set. Now that she has diabetes, her critics are crowing, as she surely...

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