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Paula Deen's Kitchen Wisdom and Recipe Journal Hardcover – November 4, 2008

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About the Author

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.

Sherry Suib Cohen has written twenty-one books for major publishers and was a contributing editor at McCall's, Rosie, New Woman, and Lifetime magazines. She regularly writes for periodicals, including Parade, Family Circle, Redbook, Reader's Digest, and Ladies' Home Journal. Cohen is an award-winning member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and lives with her husband, Larry, in New York City. She makes a great soup.

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A WORD FROM PAULA

When I was little, I learned to cook mainly from my Grandmomma Paul. She was a masterful cook, but more than that, she loved me, and the wise words she gave me about how she felt about cookin' and how to ripen fruits and break bread and fix the occasional cookin' calamity were far more important than even her wonderful recipes. I wish I'd had a kind of journal then, to write down all those grandmomma-wise words along with my own ideas that popped up as I watched her chop pecans for her fresh apple cake. My best thoughts on life still seem to appear when I'm stirrin' my pots, and the freshest impressions and even the sweetest memories of family and friends come bubblin' up along with the intoxicatin' smells from the jambalaya on my stove.

Take this old story I heard when I was very small. There was this young wife who asked her momma why the momma always cut a little bit offin' the butt end of a pork roast before she cooked it. Because, the momma explained, it tastes better because the juices are released easier and because her momma cooked it that way and because her momma did the same.

The young woman wasn't convinced and she traveled a long way to ask the identical question of her grandmomma.

The old woman thought and thought, trying to remember, and finally she said, "I cut off the butt end because how else would I fit the durn potatoes around it?"

This journal, then, is my way of getting some of my personal solutions, some new recipes, and passed-on tips to you and still give you room for the potatoes. The blank pages are for you to jot down your own answers to cookin' dilemmas and recipes you've learned and adapted from your momma and want to pass down to your kids. It's also for you to write your own flights of fancy, inventions, frustrations, and victories in the kitchen -- a cookin' diary to look back on and laugh and remember your signature dish that you made every weekend when the kids were little but you haven't made in years.

I'm hopin' you take pleasure in some of my personal reflections, and, more than anything, I'm also hopin' that you enjoy collaborating with me in your own kitchen. If you really let loose and write down your deepest feelings about cookin' and family and kitchen memories, I'm banking on it that you'll jump on this cookin' journal like a duck on a June bug.

Copyright © 2008 by Paula Deen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Spi edition (November 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416597026
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416597025
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,173,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Steven Peterson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 19, 2008
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Reviewers surely differ in their evaluation of this work. Given where I am in the kitchen right now, I actually like this book very much. It fills a need for me. As I have purchased a number of cookbooks and downloaded a wide array of recipes from the Web, I have run into information/recipe overload. I try a recipe and like it--and then can't recall where it came from, and I waste too much time trying to run it down (and I can't always find the desired recipe at that).

This book has a smidgeon of recipes, a smidgeon of reflections, some "how to" items (e.g., how to slice onions without tearing up), "cookin' first aid" (What do to after oversalting soup?), cooking trivia (how many kernels are on the average ear of corn?), and so on.

But the special value for me? Many blank pages, in which I can place recipes that I like and am apt to use on numerous occasions. Examples? From the Berghoff cookbook (the Berghoff was a glorious restaurant in Chicago)--chicken schnitzel and red cabbage; from the web--lemon garlic tilapia, chicken piccata, gourmet mushroom risotto, meatloaf, oven fried haddock; from one of Mark Bittman's cookbooks, a combination of two recipes for grilled chicken (each alone is fine, use ingredients from both--the result is even better); Racheal Ray's "My lazy sister Ria's chicken"; and so on.

Deen observes that "The blank pages are for you to jot down your own answers to cookin' dilemmas and recipes you've learned and adapted from your momma. . . ." Well, I'm not so interested in either of those--but I intend to meet the spirit by creating space for collecting my favorite recipes that are scattered about various cookbooks and printout from the Web.

So, for me, this book works.
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Paula has done it yet again. I swear she reads the minds of cooks all around the world!
If you're like me and still have that big box stuffed full of recipes...this is the journal for us!
And for the people who are poo pooing this.....it's called a JOURNAL...you actually write things down....yes people get off your lazy duffs and start doing things again! This includes writing...wow...what a novel concept!
Way to go Paula!
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Okay, I'm not a fan of Paula Deen, but my wife is, and she LOVES this book. Ummmmm.... do I need to say any more?
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when i ordered this book i thought it was a cookbook when it got here i flipped thru it and it was a book to write your own recipes in. well it was a gift for my mom so i wasnt going to give it to her then thought what the heck, christmas eve she got the book, and she was so excited. about a quarter or it is already filled out!!!
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I haven't had a chance yet to use this book really the way it's supposed to be used yet, but oh, how I know it will come in handy in my kitchen! :o) The whole book is divided into three sections with tabs for each section with lots of blank pages throughout to list favorite recipes, or recipes that are from friends and family. And occasionally, there's a little tidbit of wisdom from Ms. Paula herself. I tell ya, that girl is as country as cornbread, and it shows when she goes to "talking" in the book. I can't wait to start fillin' this thing up with all sorts of recipes, especially the ones from my family.
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This is the greatest little gift book on the planet. As a guy, I never know what to buy ---and here's the solution---a little of Paula, a little of you! I laughed with the wisdom and really understand the joy of creating recipes to hand down to the generations.
Once again, our Ms. Deen has done it. Sure, in the interests of full disclosure, my wife collaborated on this book, but it's phenomenal---I swear I'm impartial!
L. Abbott Cohen
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I ordered other cookbooks of Paula's from Amazon but luckily borrowed this one from the library. To call it a cookbook is a misnomer. It is basically a book of blank pages for you to fill in recipes. There are scattered bits of Paula's wisdom and a few...very few...recipes thrown in. I do like the spiral binding...so easy to lay flat when reading. If you're looking for a place to write recipes, this may be for you. You cannot add pages.
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Paula Deen's recipe journal is awesome! I am slowly filling it out with family memories, holiday traditions, and recipes and plan on passing it down to one of my children when they get older. Not only is it a wonderful gift for ourselves but it would make a great, inexpensive gift to give others. I definitely plan on giving it to others in the future. Great job, Paula Deen!
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