Ray fans gather to salute their inspiration

When Rachael Ray visited Las Vegas recently, Tom Jones and Stouffer’s spinach souffle were on her mind. And in much the same fashion.

Ray’s visit to Las Vegas last month was in support of her new book, “Rachael Ray: Just in Time,” a compendium of recipes for the quick meals — think 15 to 30 minutes, or 60 for a “slow” meal –for which she has attracted a legion of fans.

For her book signings at Williams-Sonoma in Summerlin and Sur La Table at the Miracle Mile Shops, they stood in long lines — and in cold weather, at the Summerlin stop — for a chance to meet Ray. Still, she says her fans are “not all star-struck.”

So how do they view her?

“For the most part, like your cousin,” Ray said as she signed piles of pre-sale books in a back room at Sur La Table before the signing.

Her popularity, she maintained, is because of the “can-do factor” of her books, magazine and Food Network shows. Fans, she said, are gratified by “their own success,” and the fact that they’re empowered to “live a rich life, whether they’re rich or poor.”

The fame she has acquired has, she said, been an accident. “I didn’t plan any of this. I think life’s always been a wonderful, fun surprise for me.”

“I’m lucky that people like Emeril (Lagasse) and Mario (Batali) and Bobby (Flay) made the Food Network what it is,” she said.

Asked about the slow-food movement, which yearns for a more relaxed standard of living and the enhanced quality and purity of food, Ray responded that “slow food can be made fast,” too, and added that convenience foods have improved in quality as time has gone on and are not only time-stretchers but can be downright tasty. Like that spinach souffle.

As for Tom Jones, Ray said she and her husband periodically visit Las Vegas to see him in concert. Afterward, they dine at Fiamma at the MGM Grand, because chef Michael White “is a fabulous chef.”

Jones was, she said, her “first and biggest crush.” She can recall putting on Jones-inspired shows for her grandfather at the height of the Welsh singer’s heyday.

“He’s all that and a bag of chips,” Ray said.

Contact reporter Heidi Knapp Rinella at hrinella@reviewjournal.com or (702) 383-0474.

Camp Broadway teaches kids how to sing and dance
The Smith Center's seventh annual Camp Broadway musical theater program gives 150 kids ages 6-17 an opportunity to learn musical theater skills from industry professionals over a five-day period. Marcus Villagran/ Las Vegas Review-Journal @brokejournalist
Las Vegas police officer on being PETA's Sexiest Vegan Next Door
Las Vegas police officer David Anthony talks vegan lifestyle and how he feels about being voted PETA's sexiest Vegan next door from his home on Monday, July 9, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
'NO H8' Campaign comes to Las Vegas
Hundreds of locals participate in the NO H8 campaign founded by Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley as a response to Proposition 8, a California ban on same-sex marriage. The campaign has since evolved to represent equal treatment for all. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Over 40,000 People Attend The 4th Of July Parade In Summerlin In Las Vegas
Over 40,000 People Attend The 4th Of July Parade In Summerlin In Las Vegas. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Star Wars and Golden Knights mashup at downtown art shop
Star Wars and Vegas Golden Knights fans attend the Boba Fett Golden Knight Paint Class at The Bubblegum Gallery in Las Vegas, Friday, June 29, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Bark-Andre Furry meets Capitals superfan Ovie the Bulldog
Two of NHL's furriest fans met at the Forum Shops in Caesars Palace on Tuesday, June 18, 2018, in Las Vegas. Vegas Golden Knights superfan Bark-Andre Furry and Washington Capitals superfan Ovie the Bulldog shared a plate of meatballs and spaghetti with help from Logan, "The Girl with the Hat." (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
News Headlines
Add Event
Home Front Page Footer Listing
You May Like

You May Like