Did I really hear a reporter on NPR say he could detect “the smell of pralines baking” in New Orleans? Is a Scotch maker really trying to market a $350 bottle in this economic climate? Is a famous and presumably wealthy chef really reduced to making desk calls to promote his new line of cookware, going office to office like an Avon lady? Jeebus. I guess there are worse fates than a Meatpacking gig.