By Andrew Z. Galarneau
A couple years ago, it was her recipes that had people asking Paula Deen to apologize.
Today, her admissions to using racist language, confirmed in a lawsuit deposition, had Deen take to YouTube with at least three videotaped apologies.
Whether or not it won over critics, it wasn't enough to save her contract with the Food Network, which had made the Savannah grandmother a rich woman, and one of America's best-known celebrity chefs.
In a 2011 interview with The Buffalo News, Deen was charming and affable, but also adept at parrying unwelcome questions. This is how she responded to questions about health impacts of her cooking style, three years after she started keeping a big secret: her diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes, which is linked to obesity, among other factors.
When asked about the health repercussions of an all-Deen diet, she acknowledges that it's not for everyone.
"There are some people who can eat anything and everything, and their numbers are great. I have fed men before who would come in every day and I would fix them a salad every day with lemon juice, and they ended up with quadruple bypass.
"So much is genetic. You need to know your numbers, be aware of them, and eat accordingly."