My Delicious Life with Paula Deen
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My Delicious Life with Paula Deen

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by Michael Groover
     
 

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When a blue-eyed bombshell with fabulous legs bursts into his backyard in search of a pair of runaway dogs, Michael Groover has no idea his life is about to change forever. Sure, he knows about Paula Deen, the Food Network star who's won hearts across the country, but when she appears at his fence one day, he is more concerned with what the dogs are doing to his

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When a blue-eyed bombshell with fabulous legs bursts into his backyard in search of a pair of runaway dogs, Michael Groover has no idea his life is about to change forever. Sure, he knows about Paula Deen, the Food Network star who's won hearts across the country, but when she appears at his fence one day, he is more concerned with what the dogs are doing to his lawn than he is with the silver-haired owner giving chase. Still, even in an apron and a baseball cap, she is real attractive, and though Groover has pretty much given up on the idea of love, he asks her out.

Paula's legions of fans know that this chance encounter begins a courtship that will end in a fairy-tale romance and wedding, but they've never heard Michael's side of the story. Here, for the first time, the Savannah native tells all, from his quintessential Southern childhood on the banks of the river to his career as a docking pilot to his international travels with his bride. Along the way, he speaks frankly about the children he adores, the challenges and rewards of blending families, and the pleasures and difficulties of fame.

Michael loves food and is a pretty good cook himself, and each chapter is accompanied by one of his trademark recipes, such as Bayou Banana Puddin' or Captain's Deviled Crabs. He's not out to compete with Paula, but if they were to go head-to-head on chicken and dumplings, he's pretty sure his recipe would come out on top.

It's all here: shopping with Paula, eating with Paula, traveling with Paula, romance with Paula, and, of course, cooking with Paula. So if you've ever wondered how delicious it is to live and love with Paula Deen, climb on board. There's interestingsailing ahead!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439159996
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
11/03/2009
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

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Prologue

Miss Paula Deen came into my life bringin' blue eyes, beamin' smiles, balance, and butter — no end of the butter.

All of those great things arrived in one pretty package and standin' on the most gorgeous legs you ever did see.

But among all the kick-ass gifts that Paula gave me, a beautiful balance was the most life changing. Up until we married, my days were spent on local waters, lonely but livin' and workin' at the job of my dreams as a harbor pilot in Savannah, Georgia. It was a wonderful life and all I ever wanted, all I needed.

I thought.

What I never gave a thought to was seein' the Eiffel Tower, zippin' through a jungle along a sturdy sky-high cable, wonderin' how it was to have people ask me for my autograph, bein' the owner of a classic, bright orange, muscle car, hangin'out with Billy Joel, havin' close friends of every race, religion, and sexual persuasion the good Lord made, marryin' and cookin' on television with one of the most famous television cooks on the planet, and then, goin' home with her and curlin' up in our giant bed for a little inspired romance. Inspired by the cook, I might add. That fabulous, adorable cook.

Paula brought the most vivid colors you can imagine into a happy life of mostly soft ocean blues and cloudy-day grays bordered by sameness. The eggy yellows, steaming reds, hot oranges, peacock blues of the whole world suddenly opened up to me. Fame and fortune and good fellowship came to balance a very quiet life. Nothing has ever been the same again.

There have been some bumps, of course. What couple gets through life without a bump now and then? There were also some pretty damn embarrassin' moments, and I'm thankin' the Lord that, knowin' Paula, there weren't a whole lot more.

So, if you've ever wondered how delicious it is to marry a celebrated but also good, funny, smart, and sassy person whom the whole world loves, climb aboard with me. T here's some interestin' sailin' ahead. Copyright © 2009 by Captain Michael Enterprises, LLC

Foreword

by Paula Deen

Hi y'all,

Listen: I felt like it was my place to introduce the world to my Captain Michael Groover. And, of course, I also felt that maybe I need to do a little groundwork to help prepare y'all for that meetin'.

Michael's not old — he's only fifty-three, but he's a true ol' Southern river boy. Now, ol' Southern river boys may be a little rough around the edges, and so, I want you to be prepared. His language and his jokes may be a little like the water we live on — salty — and he can also be rough and gruff and bawdy at times.

But when times are hard, Michael Groover will make the best friend that y'all could ever hope to have in this world.

I fell in love with this salty sea captain. And I guess you could say the first thing I fell in love with was his sense of humor: very dry and very witty.

Michael Groover made me laugh and he makes me laugh every day of my life. He brought laughter and joy into a personal life that was very sad at the time I met him. I will always love him for that.

So get ready to meet this rough-gruff-on-the-outside man who's a teddy bear on the inside. I think by the time you finish this book, you'll know why I fell in love with Captain Michael and why I will love the man until the day I die. Copyright © 2009 by Captain Michael Enterprises, LLC

Meet the Author

Michael Groover is a tugboat pilot in Savannah, Georgia, where he lives with his wife, Paula Deen.

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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My Delicious Life with Paula Deen 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
lovemydogs More than 1 year ago
I could not put Michael's book down! He is a great story teller and I was hooked from page 1. By the way, I met Michael and Paula at a book signing and they are two of the nicest people I have ever met! Michael and Paula deserve every good blessing that comes their way.
eillen46 More than 1 year ago
Great read. I just love Paula and her husband. I am so happy she found a soul mate as good as Michael.
Jryanvta More than 1 year ago
Capt Michael's book is very funny and gives us a glimpse of what life is like with Ms Paula. Each chapter ends in a recipie. Have made the Bayou Banana Puddin 3 times now, it's a huge hit!
SamIAmSD More than 1 year ago
I cannot tell you how much this book offended me. Not only did it not live up to its description (which promised an intriguing look at the life of a tugboat captain), but Mr. Groover's "lookie how rich we are rich rich rich" is offputting in the extreme. Especially in this recession, where even Ethan Allan is advertising value, the world does not need this oaf prattling on ad nauseum about how they're rolling in the dough. Granted, we've always wanted to know how the other half lives, but we don't want them to be the ones to tell us. It's just tacky. If you like Paula Deen, do not read this book, because it will tarnish your image of her. You will feel like the victim of some crass marketing ploy. This is not a biography--it was just an attempt to make another million. Don't fall for it.
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