‘Barefoot Contessa’ Falls Prey to Familiar Media Recipe

It seems entirely appropriate to try and summarize the news cycle that gobbled up Ina Garten, a.k.a. TV chef and author “The Barefoot Contessa,” in the form of a recipe. The cooking time in this case was three days and involved some incendiary claims that she had deliberately crushed the Make-a-Wish dreams of a six-year-old cancer sufferer named Enzo. Here goes:

Media Dish:

Upside-Down Coverage Cake


– TMZ.com March 25th “exclusive
– Several hundred follow-on news items
– Many thousands of angry reader comments
– A large dollop of speculation
– One official spokesperson explanation, purchased fresh at market March 28th

Serving Instructions:

This is not a dish meant to be savored or even properly digested. Rather, the idea is to enthusiastically chew on a slice – at home or for workplace diversion – and then promptly spit out. No nutritional value.

@hollywoodspin rhorgan@gmail.com Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.