Americans love to eat. In fact we love to eat so much that 35% of us are obese. Obese people are much more likely to contract Type 2 diabetes; more than 25 million Americans or 8.3% of our population has diabetes and most of those cases are Type 2 diabetes. As we are eating, many of us love to watch food being prepared. The Food Network does nothing but show food being prepared and there are a myriad of cooking shows on other networks as well. These cooking shows have made celebrities out of many chefs, but two of the most popular are probably Rachael Ray and Paula Deen. Each of these chefs instructs us how to cook endless Americana recipes like Rachael’s Fancy Macaroni and Cheese and Paula’s famous Potato Casserole. Given the Americana flavor of Rachael and Paula’s shows, I hoped the cookware that carries these ladies names was made in America by members of our extended American family. What do you think I discovered?
I went to Rachael Ray’s website and started clicking around. The pots and pans in Rachael’s 14 piece cookware set with very cute orange handles were made in Thailand. Rachael’s porcelain enamel cookware set was also made in Thailand while her stainless steel cookware set was made in China. I admit I didn’t look at every single cookware piece on her website but as far as I could tell, I don’t think any of the many products bearing Rachael’s name are made in this country. Interestingly when I entered “Made in the US” in the search function of Rachael’s website, two graters came up that were made in the US. Strangely, when I entered “Made in America” in the search function, 208 products were listed, but the country of origin for those products, when it was listed, was not America. Go figure.
I visited Paula’s website and it was déjà vu. Just like in the case with Rachael, Paula’s Signature Stainless Steel 12-pc. Cookware Set is made in China, and her Signature Porcelain 15-pc. Cookware Set is made in Thailand. Just like with Rachael, when I entered “Made in the US” in the search function of Paula’s website, the same two graters came up that were made in the US. And when I entered “Made in America” in the search function, lots of products were listed, but the country of origin for those products, when it was listed, was not America. This great mystery was solved when I discovered that both Rachael and Paula’s store contact address was 4086 Del Rey Avenue, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292. Who knows, maybe the same companies in Thailand and China are making both ladies cookware.
Rachael and Paula are both American chefs providing members of our extended American family with lots of fun and recipes. Given the Americana nature of both Rachael and Paula’s cooking shows, I was hoping that they were also supporting the members of our extended American family in the cookware manufacturing sector by sourcing their cookware products from the U.S. I was disappointed by what I found. Still, you don’t have to buy cookware made in China or Thailand just because it has Rachael or Paula’s name on it. Instead you can buy cookware made in this country by Manpan, All-Clad, Regal Ware and Nordicware. You can use Rachael’s and Paula’s recipes, just make sure you cook up the food using your Manpan, All-Clad, Regal Ware and Nordicware cookware. Now that is home cooking!