Last month, in perhaps the least surprising news story of the year, celebrity chef and cargo-short enthusiast Mario Batali was accused of sexual misconduct by four different women.
There is a standard life cycle for stories like this: allegations surface, people pretend they don’t exist; more allegations surface, people take them seriously; the celebrity admits guilt and apologizes; lather, rinse, repeat. Normally these mea culpas don’t include fun activities to try at home, but Batali decided to add a little culinary whimsy to his apology letter by adding a recipe for pizza-dough cinnamon rolls.
And because the internet is a wonderful place (just kidding, it’s an endless hellscape), writer Geraldine DeRuiter decided to make the recipe. In a post on her blog, DeRuiter takes us through the steps of making cinnamon rolls out of pizza dough (what the hell, Mario) while also weaving in her musings on the sexual misconduct of celebrities, her own experiences with sexual harassment in the workplace, and the various threats she and her husband receive just for existing.
The result of Batali’s recipe, much like the conclusion DeRuiter reaches on misogyny as a cultural issue in America, is unsatisfying. Not “unsatisfying” in the sense that DeRuiter doesn’t make good points – she does – but in the sense that the conclusions she reaches don’t leave much room for optimism.
The whole thing is very well-written, funny, and definitely worth checking out. But those cinnamon rolls look like butt.