Paula Deen: It Ain't All About the Cookin' (Hardcover)

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Do you know the real Paula Deen? You may think you know the butter-loving, finger-licking, joke-cracking queen of melt-in-your-mouth Southern cuisine. You may have even visited The Lady & Sons to taste for yourself the down-home delicacies that made her famous and even heard some version of her Cinderella story (a single mom with two teenage sons started a brown-bag lunch business with $200 and wound up with a thriving restaurant, a fairy-tale second marriage, and wildly popular television shows), but you have never heard the intimate details of her often bumpy road to fame and fortune.

Courageously honest, downright inspiring, and just a little bit saucy, Paula shares the highs and lows of her life in the inimitable charming and irreverent style that you know from her television shows and personal appearances. She talks about long childhood summers spent in a bathing suit and roller skates and hard years living in the back of her father's gas station; a buzzing high school social life of sleepovers, parties, cheerleading, and boys; and a difficult marriage. The death of her beloved parents precipitated a debilitating agoraphobia that crippled her for years. But even when the going got tough, Paula never lost the good grace and sense of humor that would eventually help carry her to success and stardom. Of course, you can't get by on charm alone: as Paula has learned, you need plenty of willpower, hard work, and, above all, the love and support of family and friends to finance, sustain, and run a successful restaurant.

In each chapter, Paula shares new recipes: there's serious comfort food like her momma's Chocolate-Dippy Doughnuts, Courage Chili for when you know life's going to get tough, Sexy Oxtails for seducing that special someone, and the recipe for her new mother-in-law's Banana Nut Delight Cake that Paula finally got just right. And you'll love the never-before-seen photos of her family.

In this memoir, Paula Deen speaks as f...


ISBN 9780743292856
Genre BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
Format Hardcover
Pages 287
Publisher Date 2007-04-03 00:00:00.0
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Copyright Year 2007
Height 8.75 in
Wdth 6.5 in
Thickness 1.0 in
Unit weight 1.15 lb
Language English
Subtitle It Ain't All About the Cookin'
Audience General/trade
Authors Deen, Paula H.
Dimensions 9.3x6.7x1.1
Country of Origin United States

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  • Great reading
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    My friends and I are great Paula Deen fans. I bought 3 copies, 1 for each of us. Paula has done a great job telling her life story. She overcame many hardships and became a very successful woman.

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  • It Ain't All About The Cookin
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    I am a big fan of Paula Deen, she reminds me so much of my family. She really opens up and talks a great deal about her family and growing up in the south. She's just your average everday woman with average everday problems who made all her dreams come to reality. I love this book!h

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  • Wonderful Book about a Wonderful Lady!!
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    I think Paula Deen is the best. I love to watch her and her family. I love her recipes and the way you feel right at home with her. This book tells it like it is. She holds nothing back. I was amazed at some of the information she gave. She is a REAL LADY! I admire Paula for everything she has done and I am sure there are more great accomplishments to come. Thank you to Gordon Elliott for finding Paula and for Paula sticking to her passion and sharing it with others.

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  • Great book
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    Great book...Paula has had a very interesting life.

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  • Paula Deen
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    I loved this book. She writes just like she talks. Very entertaining and enjoyable.

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  • Paula Deen: It Ain't All About the Cookin'
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    I bought several copies of this book to share with friends and all of them have commented on the collection of pictures, stories and recipes. It is very entertaining to all who read the book.

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  • Paula Deen: It Ain't All About the Cookin'

    I am only half finished with this book but I'm ready to say it is excellent! Paula gives intimate details of her life. I've already had a few jaw-dropping moments. If you love Paula Deen, you'll love this book, but she does tell it like it is, so maybe rated PG.

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  • Good but not for everyone.
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    I find Paula very open and honest and sometimes entertaining about her life. But, some of this was Too Much Information! Not a book to buy for just everyone and not a book you would want to donate to the church library! I bought this for my Mom, but I should have read it first, because I would have changed my gift selection.

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