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5.0 out of 5 stars Paula Deen, June 22, 2013
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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 don't normally buy items for a policical statement but this time I have. Paula has freedom of speech and I have the power of the buck. Today I bought this book AND a box of cheerios (in support of their ad that contains a mixed race marriage). Time for American to grow up beyond the age of ten years old, get over the polical correctness crap and get on with life.
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Initial post: Jun 23, 2013 10:03:41 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 23, 2013 10:05:23 PM PDT
Sam Spade says:
Of course Paula has the right of free speech. She also has legal responsibilities as a business owner and a business woman who is a public personality for a Cable TV channel. Her admitted use of the N-word turned out to be merely the tip of the iceberg with regard to her other racist behaviors. (The plantation themed wedding reception idea with the wait staff dressed up as slaves was quite repulsive. )

The testimony that she gave in the deposition regarding the racially biased work environment at her restaurant was what actually did her career on television in. We don't need gleeful racists on our cooking channels. Nobody's perfect, and there is that old adage about casting the first stone, but she really managed to reveal herself to be an over the top racist, and people have to pay a price for that.

It's a shame; of course I feel badly for her. But I have to weigh that against the now palpable racism. Now is not the time to be buying her book, as far as personal statements go. I'll probably get around to it some other day, like when it is in the discount bin at the local 99 cents store, or if Amazon drops it in the Kindle Daily Deal email. In any case, the book seems to be sold out now. (They should probably offer to gift wrap it in a Confederate Flag.)

The real shame here is that nothing can unite people like delicious food. Now there is a bad taste for people's mouths where there didn't have to be. At her advanced age of 66 years, she doesn't have much time left for a second act. But if there is to be one, she is going to have to do some soul searching.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2013 2:18:29 PM PDT
Avid Reader says:
Don Imus got fired for comments made so why shouldn't Paula? I don't feel bad for her she has a bad case of not thinking before opening her mouth. This isn't the first disgusting thing she has done. Ever watch Paula's Party? Trash overload! i love cooking hosts like Julia Child, Sara Moulton, Jacques Pepin etc who cook without all the asinine comments. In the end, it is her responsibility to deal with the consequences. If they put her book in the free section I might download it! A friend looked at it and said you would need a cardiologist standing by if you ate any of it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2013 9:32:35 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 25, 2013 3:46:57 AM PDT
Sam Spade says:
The butter content of the food is a consistent criticism made by liberals. (Why eating healthy is political, I don't know.) A question I have about the book is whether it is authentic or if it is over the top. One example of her cooking that I saw in an outtake was "macaroni and cheese, wrapped in bacon and then deep fried." Definitely sounds like something that could trigger a coronary if your arteries were on their way already. (And if the rest of the book is like this, there is reason to believe your arteries will be.)

I did a random sample of the book with the "surprise me" function in the preview. Some of the items were definitely interesting. Who doesn't like Brie baked in fig jam, for example?

But I am wondering if there is a better book of southern cooking that is a little less tempting of fate when it comes to your vascular health. Any suggestions out there?

Posted on Jun 25, 2013 4:35:55 AM PDT
TLM says:
Ironically I'm buying this book for the same exact reason. If I had the money I'd buy every stinkin' book of the woman's! It isn't a freedom of speech thing (though that's a good reason) it's because of how insane this whole situation is and how out of context it is. She needs to fire her PR people!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2013 5:56:40 AM PDT
Don Imus got fired for comments made during a broadcast, not something said 30 years earlier in private.

Posted on Jun 25, 2013 12:19:55 PM PDT
Deborah Kane says:
I'm with you, Sher. I am ordering this one and preordering the new book that comes out next month. Go Paula!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2013 1:46:09 PM PDT
Sam Spade says:
She's not in trouble for using the N-word 30 years ago. She is in trouble for a slew of present behaviors at the restaurant she owns, creating a hostile work environment. And the trouble she is in should make one think twice about buying her book right now.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2013 4:34:33 PM PDT
So someone is suing for hostile environment? And you automatically believe the litigant? Wow! Grow up! Perhaps the reason she didn't settle is because the charges are false! Why don't you post your real name? I find liberals tend to hide behind pseudonyms. I am going to order her books, after thinking twice! Get a life!

Posted on Jun 26, 2013 4:09:02 AM PDT
Varied Books says:
@Sher
I had to respond to your comment. I am also buying the book to support freedom of speech.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2013 10:35:42 AM PDT
Liberals are trying to screw up our lives daily. They need to stay away from my butter! I guess it is ok to invite terrorists to the White House though!
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