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4.0 out of 5 stars MY LAST PAULA DEEN BOOK (SO FAR), October 16, 2011
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This review is from: Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible: The New Classic Guide to Delicious Dishes with More Than 300 Recipes (Hardcover)
I was disappointed in the fact that so many recipes are repeats from her previous books. Also, I was hoping for less chit chat about family members & more info about the recipe itself, since this is supposed to be the "bible" of Southern Cooking. I guess I just wanted to put this whole Southern Cooking thing to bed & say to myself, "this book tells me all I could possibly need to know about down home dishes". But I could not say that because there were many questions remaining. For example, on page 259 is a recipe for fried okra. Listen to the ingredients - "about 2 quarts vegetable oil for deep frying..then the recipe goes on to list 6 oz okra (about 20 pods). Two questions come to my mind here. Can I use this 2 quarts of oil for something else, perhaps to fry some chicken? The fried chicken calls for solid vegetable shortening..here I am with a batch of another kind of oil...what to do?? Is it ok to use frozen okra? - this is not mentioned in this recipe. Since this is labeled the "bible", I was thinking that more would be said about these things. Now of course, you "seasoned" cooks will figure it out, but I am just saying that some folks that don't have a southern background may be left in the dark with these things. If you have not purchased any other Paula Deen Cookbooks, then I would definately suggest this is the one to buy. But for now, I just don't think I want to purchase another "southern cooking" book for a long time. I hope if she comes out with another cookbook, it will be something besides grits, cornbread & bar b que. Southern cooking has been played out in so many cookbooks, I guess I am just stuffed & bored with "another" one of those books. The public is so fickle & I certainly am one who is is wanting to drift on to something else at this stage of my cooking life. No offense to Paula & her cooking, she is a grand lady with great recipes, but I see some of those recipes being shop worn & I am ready to move on. As for as Amazon, it is definately the cheapest place to buy cookbooks.
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Initial post: Oct 19, 2011 8:30:42 AM PDT
In a query wondering what to do with the oil after you fry the okra? You may indeed save it and fry chicken, potatoes, or whatever needs frying. Were I you I would fry chicken first, then potatoes etc.or what ever. Last of all fry fish or other seafood. by then you will want to change it (oil) out. As a cook you will want to know which foods have the strongest flavor and use your oil in that order. Nothing seasons veggies or a stir fry like oil left over from frying chicken. Use it sparingly and as we Southerners say, "You've got good eating" Remember to store the oil in the fridge and save the drippings from your fried chicken as a seasoning/roux and base for gravy. Put it in a jar and store in the fridge for later. Remember a good Cook never throws away flavor and that's where the flavor is, in the drippings. If you're not a good cook now you will be, practice makes perfect. A good cook uses all five senses. And remember recipes are guides, feel free to add and omit, tailor things to your taste, that's how recipes are born. Personally I use olive oil for everything. Throw away your fear and get cooking. Soon you will be able to open your refrigerator and make a great meal out of what's in it, that is if you have at least an egg or a few staples (smile). Happy eating!

P.S. You can use frozen okra. But fresh is always better. Try this for your next cooking experience, aged prime ribs, creamed corn and sauteed spinach.

That my friend is the easist meal you will ever prepare. If you don't eat beef try chicken. If you're a Vegan add your favorite veggies.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2011 1:53:12 PM PDT
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You are such a great cook, why aren't you writing your own book? These are exactly the things I was hoping Paula would have told us in her book. Gosh, can I come live in your kitchen & watch you make wonderful food? I promise to clean up in exchange. Seriously folks, this is the kind of things we need in a cookbook, I like, no LOVE, your thoughts. Thanks a bunch for taking the time to share a bit of kitchen wisdom. You knew exactly what I was hoping for in a "bible cookbook". Sure wish I could glean a lot more of your knowledge. Thanks again. Charlotte

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2011 11:16:21 PM PDT
You are very kind. Thanks for the kudos. I guess you can tell that I love to cook. If you have a question about something feel free to ask and if I can help I'll do it. And remember, a good cook never throws away flavor. And always taste you food before you serve it to someone else. If you don't like it chances are they won't like it either.

Happy Cooking!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2011 7:22:08 AM PST
Do I just contact you through Amazon?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2011 1:15:18 AM PST
That would be fine.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2011 8:03:14 PM PST
Do you have an all time favorite cookbook? Please share with us. Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2011 10:49:54 AM PST
A really, really, good cookbook would be Better Homes and Garden published around 1960. The newer ones are not that great, in my opinion.
You may have to do a lot of searching but hopefully you will locate one.

Good Luck.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2011 4:49:35 PM PST
Thanks so much for the info, I shall try to find the book on Amazon or ebay....you are so gracious to think of a way to help me. Blessings to you.
Charlotte

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2011 5:54:16 PM PST
Not a problem. If you can, look for one that has a red and white checkered binder with a pot, gravy boat and frying pan(all black) on the cover.
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