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Paula Deen's Savannah Style
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Paula Deen's Savannah Style

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by Paula Deen, Brandon Branch (With)
 

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With its lush gardens, stately town houses, and sprawling plantations, Savannah is the epitome of old Southern style, and who better to give you the grand tour than Paula Deen, the city’s most famous resident and anointed Queen of Southern Cuisine?

In this gorgeous, richly illustrated book, Paula Deen shares a full year of Southern living. Whether it’

Overview

With its lush gardens, stately town houses, and sprawling plantations, Savannah is the epitome of old Southern style, and who better to give you the grand tour than Paula Deen, the city’s most famous resident and anointed Queen of Southern Cuisine?

In this gorgeous, richly illustrated book, Paula Deen shares a full year of Southern living. Whether it’s time to put out your best china and make a real fuss, or you’re just gathering for some sweet tea on the porch at dusk, Savannah style is about making folks feel welcome in your home. With the help of decorator and stylist Brandon Branch, you’ll learn how to bring a bit of Southern charm into homes from Minnesota to Mississippi. For each season, there are tips on decorating and entertaining. In the spring, you’ll learn how to make the most of your outdoor spaces, spruce up your porch, and make your garden inviting. In the summer, things get more casual with a dock party. Sleeping spaces, including, of course, the sleeping porch, are the focal point of this chapter. In the fall, cooler weather brings a return to more formal entertaining in the dining room, and in the winter, attention returns to the hearth, as Paula and her neighbors put out their best silver and show you how they celebrate the holidays.

Paula loves getting a peek at her neighbors’ parlors, so she’s included photographs of some of Savannah’s grandest homes. From the vast grounds of Lebanon Plantation to the whimsically restored cottages on Tybee Island, you’ll see the unique blend of old-world elegance and laid-back hospitality that charmed Paula the moment she arrived from Albany, Georgia, with nothing but two hundred dollars and a pair of mouths to feed. And she isn’t shy about giving you a window into her own world, either. From her farmhouse kitchen to her luxurious powder room, you’ll see how Paula lives when she’s not in front of the camera.

Packed with advice and nostalgia, Paula Deen’s Savannah Style makes it easy to bring gracious Southern living to homes north and south of the Mason-Dixon Line.

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Publishers Weekly
The Food Network queen of buttery Southern fare departs from publishing cookbooks to present—with help from Branch, her personal assistant and creative director—a photo-laden guide (photos by Deborah Whitlaw Llewelyn) to her style of home decorating. Like Deen's food, the decor she highlights is welcoming and comfortable, and often over-the-top (music rooms complete with harps and grand pianos; oversized crystal chandeliers). She covers plenty of topics applicable to many readers, such as “porch livin',” the practical use of slipcovers, and collecting. “There's not a house in Savannah that doesn't lovingly display a collection of plates, pottery, canes, ceramics, crafts, or anything that takes our fancy,” she explains. The frequent “Brandon's Style Secrets” sidebars scarcely offer secrets, but they do contain nuggets of fun and time-tested wisdom: “For your [holiday] flowers, use several tiny bunches instead of one big expensive arrangement. You will get the same look for less money.” Though reading Deen's accent (nothin'; havin'; fixin') isn't as charming as hearing it, the prose is friendly, and the volume offers a warm invitation to those who want a peek at how Deen and her fellow Savannahans live. (Apr.)
From the Publisher
"Like Deen's food, the decor she highlights is welcoming and comfortable...The volume offers a warm invitation to those who want a peek at how Deen and her fellow Savannahans live."

Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416552246
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
04/06/2010
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
746,246
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet 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.

Brandon Branch is Paula Deen's creative director and personal assistant. His column Style Secrets with Brandon appears in Cooking with Paula Deen magazine. He lives in Savannah, Georgia where he enjoys gardening and spending time with his two Daushounds Simon and Charlie.

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Paula Deen's Savannah Style 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
NYC_at_Heart More than 1 year ago
Overall this book is nice. I just received it as a gift. The only downside for me personally is that it's written exactly the same way she speaks...SUPER southern. For me that's way over the top. It's one thing when she's on TV, but to try and read that way is very difficult for me...and I'm FROM the south!!! But the photos are great & provide lots of inspiration, which is what I look for in this type of book. The text is fairly informative for the most part, but it's more of a history of the South & Savannah in general & the way Southerners live more than a decorating book (then again, that may have been the whole point!). Brandon Branch does provide insight & tips, but I'd say that's less than half the content. I still like her book though - for her first "non-cookbook book," I give her lots of credit. It's a lighthearted read with lots of visual inspiration...and at a very reasonable price (especially for members!). She certainly stays true to her on-air persona, so if you're a true Paula fan, you'll love reading her down-home Southern-isms. Even in written form she doesn't take herself too seriously!! :)
jokarasow More than 1 year ago
This book has beautiful ideas for decorating your home throughout the different seasons! Decor and the flower arrangements were beautiful! I hope I can recreate some of the looks!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love my nook, but this was the first mistake I made when making digital purchases. This may be a lovely book for your coffee table, but is not suited for digital format.
lindersue More than 1 year ago
This is a great beautiful and inspiring book. Anyone would love to have this to see how easy it is to create such beauty. That Brandon is a master at decorating. He is truly so talented. This is a most amazing book. Highly recommended.
angela_dawn More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful Mother's Day gift. It has a special place on the coffee table for all my friends to enjoy. I hope to see more of Paula's decorating ideas in future books. She not only is a wonderful chef, but a wonderful southern designer.
maryr49 More than 1 year ago
I received this book as a Mother's Day Gift. We have spent a lot of time in Savannah,Ga. Our daughter attended the Savannah College of Art and Design. We are not from the South, but looking at this book certainly made me want to hop on a plane and head to Savannah once again. The book expresses the relaxed elegance of a Savannah Lifestyle. Paula Deen has been a favorite of our for years. Enjoy the photos and maybe get some good ideas for your own favorite room. Oh, and if you get to Savannah, try the Shrimp and Grits, to die for!
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