Paula Deen: It Ain't All About the Cookin'
Paula Deen It Ain't All About the Cookin' Author:Paula Deen, Sherry Suib Cohen Do you know the real Paula Deen? You may think you know the butter-loving, finger-licking, joke-cracking queen of melt-in-your-mouth Southern cuisine. You may have even visited The Lady & Sons to taste for yourself the down-home delicacies that made her famous and even heard some version of her Cinderella story (a single mom with two teenage son... more »s started a brown-bag lunch business with $200 and wound up with a thriving restaurant, a fairy-tale second marriage, and wildly popular television shows), but you have never heard the intimate details of her often bumpy road to fame and fortune.Courageously honest, downright inspiring, and just a little bit saucy, Paula shares the highs and lows of her life in the inimitable charming and irreverent style that you know from her television shows and personal appearances. She talks about long childhood summers spent in a bathing suit and roller skates and hard years living in the back of her father's gas station; a buzzing high school social life of sleepovers, parties, cheerleading, and boys; and a difficult marriage. The death of her beloved parents precipitated a debilitating agoraphobia that crippled her for years. But even when the going got tough, Paula never lost the good grace and sense of humor that would eventually help carry her to success and stardom. Of course, you can't get by on charm alone: as Paula has learned, you need plenty of willpower, hard work, and, above all, the love and support of family and friends to finance, sustain, and run a successful restaurant. In each chapter, Paula shares new recipes: there's serious comfort food like her momma's Chocolate-Dippy Doughnuts, Courage Chili for when you know life's going to get tough, Sexy Oxtails for seducing that special someone, and the recipe for her new mother-in-law's Banana Nut Delight Cake that Paula finally got just right. And you'll love the never-before-seen photos of her family. In this memoir, Paula Deen speaks as frankly and intimately as few women in the public eye have ever dared. Whether she's telling tales of good times or bad, her story is proof that the old-fashioned American dream is alive and kicking, and there still is such a thing as a real-life happy ending.« less
Who doesn't love the Paula Deen we see on tv? This book give us insight into her life and tells you so many things that you can't imagine this bubbly, energetic woman going through. And there are a few recipes too!
Interesting reading. One cannot but admire a woman who works so hard to change her life and takes the risks to do so. Obviously, she is a successful cook but I grew up in the upper Midwest and several of the foods she talks about as being Southern are also favored where I grew up including fried chicken, potato salad, coleslaw and many others.
It is a nice to see the recipes she included at the end of most chapters. Sometimes I was disappointed when she would rave about a certain food but give a recipe for something else. That happened twice and the first time was in chapter one where I looked for peanut butter balls. One particular food selection she found a gentleman made is appealing to my husband - a hamburger, topped with a fried egg, a little cheese and sliced onions all of which are among his favorites.
This book is about a tough woman who works hard to make a living for herself and her sons. She thrives on foods made by her family members yet seeks the special dishes that other make as well. From cooking for family, the public and on television shows she enjoys the moment. And, she speaks her mind sometimes forgetting that others have opinions, too, but she learns from her mistakes and tries to overcome them. All in all, one can say that Paula Deen could be the woman nextdoor who likes to cook and loves doing it.