FROM THE SH ARCHIVES… TERESA GIUDICE: Tree’s “Really Caroline?”… Caroline Manzo’s “CookBook Proposal Rejected”…

ORIGINALLY POSTED:  October 8, 2011  8:04 pm     

RE-POSTED OCTOBER 13, 2012  3:33 pm  NOTE:  While looking for something else, came upon THIS item from over a year ago.   

 I’m funny… right, Joe?  Ain’t I funny, Joe?  Huh, Joe?  Joe?  Ain’t I, Joe?  Joe!!!

UPDATE:  Sunday, October 9…

Tree Joodice wrote a nifty little piece for her site and titled it “Caroline? Really?”… you can read Tree’s entire passive-aggressive attack on Don Caro…

Sunday, October 9, 2011 at 7:23PM

So Sunday Night is our Season Finale for RHONJ. I can’t wait for you to see how my family finally comes together after this crazy season! It started out so terrible, and ends so perfect. Everything about our family photo was just perfect. My brother, my dad…

I wish the episode ended with that though… I was really upset to watch Caroline and her family talk about my book like they do. Like I said in my blog last week, I had no idea all season the way other people were talking about me and my family behind my back… insulting my husband, making judgments about my kids, and saying mean things about me and now my job. But even if I’d known, I wouldn’t have done it back.

What really shocked me when watching this episode though–and when Jacqueline first told me about Caroline’s “concern” about Fabulicious! –was that Caroline would be offended. Caroline? Really? Caroline and her kids make fun of everyone and each other all the time. That’s one of the things that makes them fun to be around–they’re always joking. Me and my family are the same way (as you saw with my husband and Joey in Punta Cana).

I didn’t take offense when they were all making fun of Skinny Italian on camera because I knew they were joking. What I wrote about the Manzos in Fabulicious! was the same thing: a joke. And not even a mean joke, a repeated joke that was made up for a fake feud on the “Rachael Ray” show.  And I think my millions of compliments to the Manzos in the book make it very, very clear I was kidding. Actually, since the book came out, not one person, not ONE, has ever written me or said to me at one of my book signings that what I wrote about Caroline was mean. And I sold a lot of books. I think everyone gets it about my books.

No, they’re not regular cookbooks. That’s the point. I’m not a fancy chef. I’m a celebrity mom with an Italian heritage who wanted to share her family’s recipes. And I write the same way I talk–not always perfect, but I try to make it interesting, it’s easy to read, the recipes are delicious, and yes, I make jokes. Lots and lots of jokes. Jokes about priests and KY and Olive Garden, jokes about my friends, my family, my husband, but mostly jokes about ME–my mistakes in the kitchen, how I didn’t know how to cook, how I mispronounce things… I think the fun of my books (AND the amazing recipes) are what makes them so successful. And I do warn you about my jokes right in the introduction: “Buckle up, Baby Dolls, this is not your mama’s cookbook!”

I’m also thinking it’s pretty clear the Manzos never read “Skinny Italian” because I joked about everyone in it too–myself of course, Andy Cohen, the Atlanta, New York and OC Housewives, Danielle, even Dina (I joked about her insane love of meat… AND I said she was sexy AND I included sexy pictures of her in the book…). My cookbooks are not “bashing books”– they’re fun and funny and unique… like me. I tell you the history of pasta, the Italian belief about not making homemade sauce when you’re on your period, how to make quick, inexpensive, and healthy meals for your family.

But just to make sure, sure, sure that Caroline would know I was joking, I did also write that I was “a huge fan of Caroline Manzo,” that “Albie and Christopher Manzo are adorable,” and that I considered them all “family.” And the ONLY picture of a friend I put in my FAMILY cookbook was of Caroline–a big, beautiful color picture of the two of us. Under I wrote: “Me with another famous Italian mom, Caroline Manzo.” Not “famous fake-Italian mom” but “famous Italian mom.” I think you know where I’m going here…

To be honest, I don’t think Caroline is really upset. I think she’s trying to make up a reason to be mad at me and she doesn’t have anything else because I’ve never done anything to her or her family. (And you know if I had, it would have been all over Radar Online or US Weekly by now…) This is all she’s got? Fake mad about a joke I made on Rachel Ray TO HER FACE? That played on national television? That she wasn’t upset about then? She joked about my meatballs too, and I wasn’t upset because they were jokes!

I think it’s pretty obvious considering this is my second book like this that didn’t go out of my way to single out Caroline and insult her. She and her family are known jokesters and I thought she could take a joke. If I meant any harm, I wouldn’t have put a big, beautiful picture of her in there (you don’t see any of Danielle or Kim G. in there, do you?).

And ask yourself when you watch the episode: WHY would I? Why would I purposefully insult someone I had only ever been nice to–even nice to behind their back, unlike how they were to me? How would writing a “bash book” help my career? Why would I even want to bash the Manzos? I have no problem with them. Never have. I’m focused on moving forward, taking care of my 4 girls, working hard, writing books, promoting my books at book signings around the country, launching my Fabellini drink, launching my make-up line, and getting ready for a HUGE project…

So on the flip side, WHY would Caroline? Why would she pretend to be upset about something so small and obviously a joke? To create bad feelings for me and my book? But why? Maybe because she was mad it’s me that got a cookbook and not her?

I remember when I was writing my very first book proposal, Caroline was also trying to sell her own cookbook (and 5 other Housewives were too!). Caroline told me I was doing it wrong, that I wasn’t smart enough, that I didn’t have the right agent, the right co-writer, the right anything. I took her criticism like I always do, with a smile, and did what I wanted to anyway. And my book got picked up. Caroline’s didn’t. Not one publisher wanted it. I don’t know why. I wish everyone success in all they do, but I can’t help it hers didn’t get published. Go buy blk water! Eat at the Brownstone! Download “On Display”! Buy Fabulicious! I want the best for everyone.

I’m not sure everyone else feels the same, but what can I do? I’ll just keep being me–the same person I was on Season 1, the same person I was before the show, the same person I am when you meet me anywhere at any time.

Sorry this is so long and seems like I’m defensive, but I guess I am because I’ve worked so hard on my cookbooks, they mean a lot to me, and I’m not going to sit quietly while someone tries to make up YET ANOTHER FAKE STORY to make me look bad. First it’s my marriage, then my kids, then my own family, now my job… enough! I’m sure this will cost me another round of tiny tweeter attacks, but that’s fine. At least my fans can hear my side directly from me.

Love to you all!

Teresa xx

PS–I DID apologize to Caroline as soon as I heard she was upset about the book and told her to her face I didn’t mean any harm by it, that it was just a joke. I seriously don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings with a joke. Heck, I’ll throw in an apology to Danielle right now for naming a Puttanesca sauce in Skinny Italian after her. I’m sorry, Danielle, if that joke hurt you or your daughters in any way. I truly am. (I’m sorry though, I can’t apologize to Kim G. for anything because it’s against my religion to worship the devil…)

NOTE:  I would lay money that Tree Joodice did not write this piece for her own site.  It is too logical, too self-effacing and there are a spattering of big words, words that Tree would not use, nor know the definition… and it simply does not sound like Tree. Also, Tree was just in Punta Cana braggin’ about bein’ on the NYTimes Bestsellers list for her “cookbook”… Tree had been takin’ bein’ an “awther” pretty seriously.  Now, all of a sudden, Tree is admitting that she’s NOT a fancy chef, her cookbook is not a regular cookbook and everyone should realize that she’s just joking???  ‘Cause, everyone has seen Tree jokin’ around with just about anyone she comes in contact with… remember?  Well, good if you remember, ’cause I don’t…

 Yeah, Tree.. you’re funny.  Get me more pizza…

Tree’s site… Fabulicious


37 comments on “FROM THE SH ARCHIVES… TERESA GIUDICE: Tree’s “Really Caroline?”… Caroline Manzo’s “CookBook Proposal Rejected”…

  1. I think she has good people working for her. I imagine she reviewed the final draft and said, “yeah that’s exactly how I feel.” Does she write her blogs? Sometimes yes, but most of the time I think Tre “contributes” to the writing of the blog.


    • if she has a ghost-writer, they write the blog and Teresa attaches her name to the blog and that is all the contribution she gives. The ghost-writer is given an ‘assignment’ and does the research about the topic and then does it all for the ‘author’. To give Teresa any credit for her blogs is absolutely ridiculous. The most basic rule of writing is how one speaks indicates how one writes as the person has phonological awareness that provides them the basis for spelling, sentence structure and so on. You cannot expect any one to believe that with the verbal evidence of Teresa’s speaking skills she writes anything herself. If she did, we would see more issues in how she writes. No editor will correct that many mistakes in her writing. She has a ghost-writer for her cookbooks and likely that is the same person doing her blogs. Teresa refuses to admit she uses a ghost writer for her blogs but it evident she does. She is ignorant and can barely communicate with any abilities over an early elementary student.

      I am a freelance writer and as a part of my work I have ghost written many different types of projects and understand the process of ghostwriting. I am also a master level social worker who has worked with children and adults with many developmental, learning, and social issues. Teresa is not writing her own material in any way shape or form.


      • sophia, you are not present when the blogs are being written or posted. You dont know if all teresa contributes is attaching her name. Please stop acting like you do.


      • I can’t presume to know what or if any arrangement with other writers Teresa has with her blogs. A ghost writer has a assignment, yes, but many ghost writers actually interview their subjects and watch videos so to capture their “voice.” Many ghost writers listen to tapes provided to them by the authors. Fact is we don’t know how Tre produces her blogs, but we are guessing she’s getting help. Personally, I’d rather read a professionally written blog than one of Jax’s tomes or one of Caroline’s two sentence blogs. I understand people who feel that Tre is cheating the system or coming across as inauthentic. However, to me Melissa comes across as a totally different person than who she is in real life. And unlike Teresa and her blogs, we do have evidence that Melissa is not who she portrays on the show.


  2. No matter whether she wrote this or had someone do it for her with her thoughts, I admire her. She is the only one who has had the respect to apologize for any wrong doings. That’s more than I can say about the other 5, Good luck in every endeavour you under take Teresa. :-)


  3. She may not write all her blogs but everything in them rings true as far as her feelings towards..well..everything. I think she works very close with whoever it is because they all fall into place with her actions on the show perfectly…just like the incoherent rambling blogs that Jac writes all by herself, unfortunately.


  4. Caroline is JEALOUS of Tree’s cook book success,….Duh!
    IMO it doesn’t matter who writes Trees blogs, obviously they come from Tree’s thoughts.


  5. I think when she saw the episodes on bravo when the Manzoids were really kicking her, she had to be hurt. She did survive. I have to admire her tenacity.


  6. (I’m sorry though, I can’t apologize to Kim G. for anything because it’s against my religion to worship the devil…)

    I bet Kim G and Jacqueline were both wearing red when Jaco skipped out on da season 3 reunion to drink Patron at Kimmy Grannytell’s house!!!


  7. I don’t have any of Tre’s books but reading this makes me realize what a reach it was for Caro and gang to get so offended by remarks in the book. Yeah I bet Caro had pointers to share with Tre about how to do things…Caro knows a lot. Overbearing much?


    • It musta burnt Caro’s britches when Tre’s book got picked up. The show was supposed to be about DonCaro and her supporting cast, too, but when all she could do was patronize and spout fonts of esoteric information, she got sidelined.
      Instead of creating her very own cookbook and listening like Tre did to her ghost writer, PR etc., she hold Tre in contempt instead of herself. Actually, she does hold herself in contempt, she just doesn’t wanna eggmitt it.


  8. Funny how Caroline drove Jacqueline home after PFS, a broken woman and the next day she spends her time drinking with Kim G? Riiiiight, that makes sense… Not!


    • Wait…I thought Jax cried for days, surely she didn’t have time to go and have a guzzle with Kim G.!! And yes I’m being sarcastic! :-)


  9. I don’t own any of Teresa’s cookbooks but her healthy cookbooks are a great idea. I would probably buy her mothers cookbook. Caroline’s anger has to do with the lawsuits from the Cana Punta lawsuit.Bravo will not let any of the HW’s speak on it but the whole Manzo clan is being sued because of something bad happening on that trip.


  10. Nah – she definitely doesn’t write her own stuff. This sounds mean but sometimes I can’t beleive she was smart enough to hire “people”.


    • Does Martha Stewart write, create and make everything herself? Hell no! Even designers have designers that work for them. Authors have editors. CEO’s have to answer to the board, etc… Did Donald Trump go out and build the buildings he owns? NOOOOOO! Rachel Ray learned to cook from her MOM and oh, how about Paula Deen, they are the most successful brands out there in the culinary world! These petty arguments are stupid about how T has this help and that help. When your running any type of business, you need help!


  11. The reason no one picked up Chuckie’s cookbook because she is boring and dull. Have you checked out her recipes on her website? There’s actually a recipe for egg salad. But not just any egg salad, hers has eggs, mayo, mustard AND salt and pepper. Who’d a thought?


  12. Caroline said buckle up on one of the reunions when she was talkin to danielle i think. Sorry to break it to you guys, lol


  13. Yeah , I think it goes w/o saying how jealous Caro is of Tre. She can’t stand to see someone with the happiness she doesn’t have. Funny, as unhappy as Caro & Jax have proven themselves to be , one of the biggest things they’re trying to convice us ( & themselves i/m/o) of is how unhappy Tre is . For no actual reason?? What would she have to be sad about that couldn’t be said of these other gals? They all have money problems.All of the hubbies have something they’ve been questioned on in terms of loyalty. Beyond that, Tre has her books & seems happy to me. Odd how people can tell on themselves when they try so hard to tattle on others.


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