Paula Deen Celebrates! and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $26.00
  • Save: $6.54 (25%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Eligible for *FREE* Super Saver Shipping! Excellent customer service, qualifies for Amazon A to Z satisfaction. All pages and cover are intact (including the dust cover, if applicable). Spine may show signs of wear. Pages may include limited notes and highlighting. May include "From the library of" labels.
Add to Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Paula Deen Celebrates!: Best Dishes and Best Wishes for the Best Times of Your Life Hardcover – October 10, 2006


See all 5 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$19.46
$0.68 $0.01


Frequently Bought Together

Paula Deen Celebrates!: Best Dishes and Best Wishes for the Best Times of Your Life + Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible: The New Classic Guide to Delicious Dishes with More Than 300 Recipes + Paula Deen's The Deen Family Cookbook
Price for all three: $59.46

Buy the selected items together

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Image
Looking for the Audiobook Edition?
Tell us that you'd like this title to be produced as an audiobook, and we'll alert our colleagues at Audible.com. If you are the author or rights holder, let Audible help you produce the audiobook: Learn more at ACX.com.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (October 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743278119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743278119
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Fans of Food Network star Paula Deen enjoy her unpretentious Southern-gal persona as much as her easy, what's-not-to-like recipes. As a writer of four other cookbooks, including The Lady & Sons Just Desserts, restaurant owner, and purveyor of her own product line, she's also something of an entrepreneur. In Paul Deen Celebrates! she offers 170-plus recipes arranged by menus for traditional holidays and other, sometimes whimsical celebrations like Elvis's Birthday and Movie-Watching Pizza Party in Bed. The recipes, which are often Southern-rich, range from the more traditional, such as Shrimp Etouffé, Muffuletta Sandwiches, and Macaroni Salad, to the innovative, including Collard Green Wantons, Grilled Chicken Pita, and Scallop and Bacon Pizza. Her sweets include the likes of Old Fashioned Banana Pudding, Gooey Toffee Butter Cake and Margarita Mousse. Offered also are decorating tips, and "Paula's Pearls of Wisdom" like "treasure today's moment's because they will tomorrow’s memories."

Deen's dishes couldn't be more approachable and will doubtlessly inspire many holiday menus. Readers should know, however, that she regularly calls for convenience products like cake mixes and canned soups, whose use (by now something of an American tradition in itself) can do little to make homemade food taste as good as it otherwise might. Paula Deen Celebrates! should, however, excite Deen's many fans, who, along with the attractive formulas, receive lots of "back-story" on the author's own celebrations, life, and mostly good times. --Arthur Boehm

From Publishers Weekly

Popular Food Network personality Paula Deen returns, focusing on memorable meals for special occasions. Teaming up with Savannah Magazine's Martha Nesbit, the two offer full-blown menus for a wide range of events-from Easter and Mother's Day to Sunday afternoon football and Elvis's birthday. True to form, butter, cream and mayonnaise are well represented, as are a healthy sprinkling of "ya'lls." Deen packs the book with her trademark stories of family and friends, as well as decorating and entertaining tips from her personal assistant, Brandon Branch. Recipes run the gamut, from old favorites like Peppermint Bark and Chicken Pot Pie to Cream Cheese and Chicken Enchiladas, Oyster-Stuffed Quail and Herb-Crusted Pork Loin. Deen is known for her love of southern cooking, and dishes like Black-Eyed Pea Dip, Succotash and Country Fried Steak with Gravy are surefire winners. But her use of collard greens in Collard Green and Ham Hock Pizza and Collard Green Wontons push the envelope a bit, as do some of the decorating ideas from Branch. Those with a cursory knowledge of cooking will find the recipes well within their range, and Deen's low-key approach to cooking-which emphasizes enjoying the process rather than getting wound up about the results-will build confidence.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

Recipes in this book are easy to make and delicious.
Cynthia Briggs
I purchased two copies of this book ~ one for myself and one for a gift.
Susie from GA
Will definitely be my "go to" recipe book for all occasions.
MJones

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J. Love on December 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Just in time for the holidays, I got this book. I love Paula Deen's show and her cookbooks always have amazingly simple dishes to prepare.

The author's personal stories and remembrances are what really made this book for me. As a girl from the south, these recipes are like things your Mammaw and Mama used to cook up for the family for a special occasion.

These recipes aren't necessarily things that you would eat in your everyday meals; they're for celebrations. If you're looking for a Southerner to eat tofu and bean sprouts for Thanksgiving, you've got it all wrong and would do better with buying another book. I prefer my tofu marinated in soy sauce and stir fried with pea pods and broccoli, but I'd rather have a turkey and all the trimmins for Thanksgiving.

The recipe book, and I hesitate to call it that because it's more of an entertaining book, has wonderful meal planning recipes and ideas for celebrating with your family & friends. Although I'd have loved more entertaining ideas, maybe next time, Paula?
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By B. Seidl on December 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
After reading a previously posted review I am wondering why someone who isn't a Paula fan would even bother buying her book as that reviewer was definatley not a fan of Paula. For those of us who are TRUE Paula fans this book is another example of Paula giving us her true southern hospitality. Yes, there are recipes that come from her shows, but isn't that what a cookbook should do for any food network star? I mean unless you want to download the recipe each time you use it. There are also new versions of old favorites. But the point of the whole book is to use it as a menu planner for celebrations. Paula's personal history in the book only lets you get to know her more and gives personal insite on a woman who is so loved in the city of Savannah that if someone bad mouths her you are run out of town. So be warned those who wrote bad reviews...you won't be getting and best dishes, hugs and kisses from Paula any time soon with your cranky attitudes. Also, I have had the honor of meeting Paula in person on numerous occations and also being on her new show Paula's Party, what you see is what you get with her. She is warm and caring and her over the top way of doing things is just who she is, so if you want a boring food network star...go watch the Barefoot Contessa or Giada.
3 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By I. Greer on June 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I think Paula Deen has been treated unfairly, and I wanted to show my support for her in some small way. I already have some of her books and a lot of her recipes from her shows, but I got on Amazon and saw that they would accept reviews mentioning her; so, I picked out the book that seemed to be getting the most attention, Paula's Cooking Bible, plus Paula Deen Celebrates, one that sounded like something I would like, and ordered them! I enjoy reading cookbooks as well as trying new recipes, and I will just have these to add to my collection.

I like the feature you have on a lot of your books where you can look inside and see the index and table of contents and get a good idea of what you are getting.

Thank you, Amazon, for taking the high road and not making a mountain out of a mole hill over the Paula uproar. We Southerners get a bad rap, anyway, in the racial divide. I once worked in the North and saw more prejudice there than I ever saw in the South, except they just kept it quiet and pretended.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J L W on July 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I just got a book with the exact same cover but the whole title is Paula Deen and friends. I don't know if many of the recipes in the above book are similar to the book I got from Rodale, but if they are, what a disappointment and my book is going back. Most of the recipes are so basic and use packaged ingredients constantly. I expected scratch recipes from her cook books. Now I don't know whether to try a different book of hers or to expect the same type of recipes from every book. Maybe someone could comment on this that has more familiarity with her books. I love southern cooking, but I want to make the whole recipe, not just open packages of this and that. Also, I am a little surprised at how much salt is added even when using many ingredients in a recipe that already contain salt, such as bisquick.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By mamacita on June 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Finally! A cookbook with good down-home recipes that I remember growing up. My main purpose to purchase was to support Paula Deen in the unfair and uncalled for criticism by the news media and liberals. I will boycott all businesses that sever ties with her. I always loved Sears but now will cut up my credit card with them and avoid anything with Craftsman on it. It was not unusual to spent $300 every time I shopped there. I'll find someone worthy of earning my dollar.
3 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
52 of 69 people found the following review helpful By B. Marold HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on October 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
`Paula Deen Celebrates', by Food Network star and home cooking matron, with assistance from "Savannah Magazine" columnist, Martha Nesbit expands Ms. Deen's franchisee in a most logical and expected manner, by being a collection of recipes appropriate to twenty-one (21) favorite occasions to celebrate with food.

Among all the various different cookbook styles, the special occasion menu book seems to be the one most useful for the largest number of people next to your basic encyclopedic reference cookbook such as `The Joy of Cooking' and `James Beard's American Cookery'. And, Ms. Paula has, to my lights, done a better than average job at providing both an excellent selection of occasions and recipes for those occasions.

Her rather idiosyncratic selection of events is:

New Years' Eve Brunch

New Years' Day Good Luck Meal

Elvis's (sic) Birthday

Valentine's Day

President's Day

Big Easy Mardi Gras

My Wedding Anniversary

St. Patrick's Day

Easter Dinner

An Easter Egg Hunt

May Day Pink and White Party

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

Mother's Day Tea

Graduation Potato Bar

Father's Day Boating Picnic

Fourth of July Outdoor Grill and Low-Country Boil

Movie Watching Pizza Party in Bed

Thanksgiving

Sunday Afternoon Football Party

Homemade Christmas Gifts

Christmas Dinner

One thing that immediately strikes me about the choice of recipes is the emphasis on coordinating food colors and personal traditions, to the total disregard of seasonal availability.
Read more ›
5 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Search