A bunch of people assumed the Cinnamon Roll recipe was some kind of joke:
We wish it had been! But no.
It was as real as it was awful. (Which is to say, VERY!)
Needless to say, people had some questions.
We also have a question for Batali:
What were you possibly thinking as you penned this letter?
One woman even tried the recipe:
And — wouldn’t you know it? — the rolls tasted hollow and meaningless, just like Batali’s poorly executed “apology.”
We’re guessing they also tasted cowardly, tone deaf, and distinctly like something you’d use to cover your ass in the event that your horrid past behavior was made public.
Maybe Batali will offer another apology for his awful apology.
And of course, he’ll have to include another recipe in that apology.
Unfortunately for Batali, there is no recipe in the world that could make up for this complete failure to act like a normal human being by A) not sexually harassing women and B) not sharing a recipe for cinnamon rolls when he was caught sexually harassing women.
All in all, this was a huge, orange-Croc-y misstep by Mario Batali.
Let’s hope he keeps a low profile from here on out (unless he wants to come forward with an actual apology).
(In the meantime, here’s a recipe for cacio e pepe that wasn’t created by a sexual harasser.)