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Paula Deen Celebrates!: Best Dishes and Best Wishes for the Best Times of Your Life Hardcover – October 10, 2006
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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
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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?
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.
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
Big Easy Mardi Gras
My Wedding Anniversary
St. Patrick's Day
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
Sunday Afternoon Football Party
Homemade Christmas Gifts
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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Paula Deen Celebrates!: Best Dishes and Best Wishes for the Best Times of Your Life
I was a little bit desapointed because of the lack of pictures. Read more
The Herb Crusted Pork Loin is delicious! It's easy, healthy, and the whole house smells lovely. And it converted someone in my dinner club to a pork roast enthusiast, when she'd... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jennifer Guerrero
Good Paula Deen recipes. I bought this book specifically for the hummingbird cake recipe but found some other good lucking stuff I will be trying soon.Published 2 months ago by firle sussex
Great recipes! Detailed, specific and easy to follow. I would recommend.Published 8 months ago by Laura