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Starred Review. Anyone who's ever watched, mesmerized, as the author of this memoir pan-fries a porkchop on the Food Network will find lots to savor in her down-home life story. Deen, the sunny host of Paula's Home Cooking and the author of three cookbooks, relates the collapse of her first marriage, her surprising fight with agoraphobia and the rise of her Savannah restaurant, The Lady and Sons, with candor, good humor and mouthwatering descriptions of Southern food. Of her husband's favorite dish, Sexy Oxtails, Deen writes, "It is a loving dish; a hearty, lip-smacking dish; and those tails are better than a passionate kiss." Yes, she includes the simple, savory recipe alongside recipes for favorites like belly-filling Shaggy Man Split Pea Soup, salty-sweet Pan-Fried Corn and addictive Biscuits and Sawmill Gravy. Deen writes the way she talks-lots of ain'ts, darlings and honeys-but the effect is charming and disarmingly upfront. On her early Food Network success, she says, "I was not a size 2, but instead a sassy, roundish, white-headed cook. Women could identify with me... I could be them, and they could be me." She's absolutely right; when Deen has turned the last of life's lemons into Southern-sweet lemonade, readers may want to stand up and cheer, or maybe just tuck into a big, celebratory plate of porkchops.
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Paula Deen is the bestselling author of thirteen books and an Emmy Award–winning Food Network television star. She was born and raised in Albany, Georgia. She later moved to Savannah, where she started The Bag Lady catering company. The business took off and evolved into The Lady & Sons restaurant, which is located in Savannah’s historic district and specializes in Southern cooking. She also co-owns Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House with her brother. Paula publishes a bimonthly magazine, Cooking with Paula Deen, and is a regular guest on QVC, where she sells her books and food products.See all Editorial Reviews
Interesting book on Paula Deen. Very good read. I miss her on FOOD NETWORK.Published 4 months ago by storm ready
Don't waste your time. My mother is an avid fan of Paula Deen and had been dropping hints that she wanted this book, so for Christmas I ordered it for her. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kat M.
What a GREAT read this was...shocking too. I love Paula Deen but didn't know that much about her until I read her story....after that, I loved her even more.Published 6 months ago by Lynn Durham
Loved learning about this survivor's life. Well written, read it in one eveningPublished 6 months ago by Kathryn Winkler
This is a Paula Deen life story not a cookbook. There's about 15 or less recipes throughout the whole book. Threw it in the trash.Published 7 months ago by ledeis johnson