When he wasn’t stressing over the Occupy Wall Street unmentionables over at the Huffington Post 2011 Game Changers event, Grub Street asked Dr. Oz and his daughter (and co-host of The Chew), Daphne Oz, to think back to Frank Bruni’s blunt breakdown of Dr. Oz’s eating style: “It was the most efficient, joyless eating I have ever seen.” Their reaction? Yup, Bruni was basically right.
Frank Bruni once called Dr. Oz’s diet “the most efficient, joyless eating I have ever seen.”
Dr. Oz: You have a good memory. That’s right.
Daphne Oz: My own eating habits are definitely informed by having grown up at the same dinner table as the man to my left. However, I tend to be a little less rigid, I definitely enjoy my food, and I’m not quite so strict in my restrictions.
Dr. Oz: Frank found it joyless, but, you know, I like to automate my life.
Daphne Oz: It’s efficient. [Laughs.]
Dr. Oz: It’s very efficient. So what I was doing was, when he wrote that, I used to put walnuts — I still do — in water and soak them. And he saw me eating walnuts out of water, and he found them very bland. I like the essence of them, I like the Omega-3s in them, he was looking for pepper sauce or something.
Daphne Oz: I’ve seen you eat fresh fish, and I’ve seen the joy that it brings to your face. There are foods that definitely strike joy into his heart.