I brought it upon myself by admiring two things she had cooked that, it turned out, were from the cookbook. It's called "Food, Health and Happiness" and is about 5 years old. I thought about returning it or pitching it but decided to de-Oprahify it by putting white contact paper over her picture on the cover and gluing or taping together the pages at the beginning of each chapter that are laden with her pictures and anecdotes. That leaves just the recipes, which aren't bad except for the chapter with her low-cal Weight Watcher versions of comfort food. (Just eat the mashed potatoes and fried chicken, bitch. The clue is not to overeat them.)
I looked the book up on Amazon and it greatly upset her frau following because it had too many fur-rein recipes, no use of canned or convenience ingredients, too many steps and it included "expensive" ingredients like truffle oil and monkfish. They wanted the Pioneer Woman or Paula Deen's diet cookbook and they got Oprah's attempt at being Ina Garten.
One of her Amazon fans cautions the following: "Some of the things you need to make the recipes include a pasta roller, pastry bag, high speed blender, microplane, Kitchen aid mixer, cast iron skillet, splatter guard (for tomato sauce), food processor (7-cup) and whisk for salad dressings...
The ingredients you might have to order include lavender flowers, anchovy paste, truffle zest, Old Bay seasoning, red curry paste, Thai fish sauce, tamarind concentrate, curry leaves, mascarpone cheese, star anise, oat flour, xanthan gum, truffle flour, fresh truffles, and sea salt."
I don't find any of these things remarkable except for the edible flowers. My local grocery doesn't have all of them but Amazon does. I'm also not making fresh pasta because I know lazy ass Oprah never has.
Some questions for your consideration: Why would Oprah want to do a cookbook to remind at least half of her fan base how rich and sophisticated she is and what lazy rubes they are? Who is Oprah's fanbase and where do they align demographically?
Bearding note: In the forward, her final dedication is to Stedman, who she says tells her whenever she makes dinner that it's the best she's ever made. Oprah doesn't realize he's actually saying her previous dinner was shit. Who believes any of this, anyway?