After watching the Pioneer Woman and QVC’s David Venable make blithering fools of themselves promoting her new book, I decided to research one of its more vile concoctions: apple dumplings made with Pillsbury crescent rolls and Mountain Dew. When I Googled the recipe, over eight thousand results were returned. The ones I reviewed were practically identical to the recipe she’s published on her site and in her faux cookbook being released next week. Here’s a sampling from Google:
It begs the question, what the hell is so special about the Pioneer Woman’s version, that she and HarperCollins have now copyrighted it? With a recipe so widely available on the Internet, what’s the point? Surely the Pioneer Woman could have lifted another dessert, say from one of her usual hometown sources, Taste of the Territory or Heavenly Fodder.
The Pioneer Woman’s manipulative publicists have been burning the midnight oil as well. Supplying pro-Pioneer Woman websites with advance copies of the book, they’re hoping for favorable reviews and perhaps a shout-out on Twitter. The media onslaught and book tour begin next week with stops in New York, Massachusetts and Virginia. Serious foodies needn’t bother.