Rachael Ray in Newsweek

This week's Newsweek features essays written by women about how they ended up where they ended up. The series, entitled My Journey to the Top, includes essays from Arianna Huffington, Julie Greenwald, Andrea Wong, Rachel Roy, Kyra Sedgwick, Lucy Jones, Shirley Franklin, Lorena Ochoa, Rachael Ray, Shonda Rhimes, and Elaine Page.

The cool thing about this article is that the piece isn't written about Rachael Ray, it was written by Rachael Ray. If there was ever an example of "do what you love and the money will come," it's Rachael Ray. For those of you needing some inspiration, I highly recommend reading the whole piece.

Rachael explains the basics of how she got the 30 minute idea way back in the day and how her career just blossomed from there. This stuff is interesting, but the part that really grabbed me was this:

Food was always a conduit in our family for storytelling, and it was a way for us to keep in touch and remember things. We're people that use food to keep each other together and to always cheer us up and make all of our days better.

And that's what is so easy about my job. I am sharing the idea that just learning how to make a few simple dishes for yourself or with your kids or for your friends or your lover or your brother or your cousin or your neighbor not only improves the quality of your life, it improves the quality of the lives of those you choose to share the food with. It just does. It's one of the easiest ways for a poor person to feel rich. Make good food.

I read that and said to myself - yes, that is exactly it! That's why I am a fan of Rachael Ray and her recipes. It's not about impressing people or creating some crazy perfect gourmet meal; it's about connecting with your friends and family and showing them you care. I certainly feel that way when I cook for my friends and family.

The piece goes on to discuss the genesis and development of Yum-o! and the sense of accomplishment that the charity brings to Rachael. I consider this a must read article, people!

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