Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible: The New Classic Guide to Delicious Dishes with More Than 300 Recipes

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Hi, y’all!

This book is my proudest achievement so far, and I just have to tell y’all why I am so excited about it. It’s a book of classic dishes, dedicated to a whole new generation of cooks—for every bride, graduate, and anyone who has a love of a great Southern meal. My family is growing and expanding all the time. We’re blessed with marriages and grandbabies, and so sharing these recipes for honest, down-home dishes feels like passing a ...

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Overview

Hi, y’all!

This book is my proudest achievement so far, and I just have to tell y’all why I am so excited about it. It’s a book of classic dishes, dedicated to a whole new generation of cooks—for every bride, graduate, and anyone who has a love of a great Southern meal. My family is growing and expanding all the time. We’re blessed with marriages and grandbabies, and so sharing these recipes for honest, down-home dishes feels like passing a generation’s worth of stovetop secrets on to my family, and yours.

I’ve been cooking and eating Southern food my whole life, and I can tell you that every meal you make from this book will be a mouthful of our one-of-akind spirit and traditions. These recipes showcase the diversity and ingenuity of Southern cuisine, from Cajun to Low-Country and beyond, highlighting the deep cultural richness of our gumbos and collards, our barbecues and pies. You may remember a few beloved classics from The Lady & Sons, but nearly all of these recipes are brand-new—and I think you’ll find that they are all mouthwateringly delicious. It is, without a doubt, a true Southern cooking bible.

I sincerely hope that this book will take its place in your kitchen for many years to come, as I know it will in mine. Here’s to happy cooking—and the best part, happy eating, y’all!

Best dishes,
Paula Deen

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Editorial Reviews

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Make no mistake: Paula Deen's first full-length cookbook in more than two years is her best yet. You can't beat this Southern cooking bible for comprehensiveness; it contains 325 recipes, 80% of them new to this book; 100 how-to illustrations; and Paula's down home cooking tips will make you more savvy and confident in the kitchen.

Edward Ash-Milby

Publishers Weekly
While there are many excellent volumes devoted to Southern cookery, there seems to be no limit to our fascination with down-home eats—and thus, no limit to the market for chicken-fried anything. This omnibus is celebrity Deen's answer to The Joy of Cooking, covering the wide swath of regional favorites from Creole jambalaya to Memphis dry-rub ribs, from Charleston shrimp and grits to the grilled turkey sandwich known as the Kentucky Hot Brown. Written, with Clark, in her trademark colloqu-y'all style with plenty of personal anecdotes and helpful tips, Deen's recipes are approachable and unintimidating. Simplified illustrations throughout demonstrate techniques such as dropping cookies onto a baking sheet, arranging coals on a grill and scoring a ham. Sprinkled in and among the definitive, reliable classics like chicken-fried steaks with cream gravy, and burgoo are some contemporary updates like baked brie with fig jam, praline french toast casserole, and a tortilla-crusted tilapia. Then there are Deen's extra-homey signature specialties like cheeseburger meatloaf with cream of mushroom sauce; maple bacon and hominy; and butterscotch pretzel pie. Although it's not quite as comprehensive as it could be, this is certainly an honorable addition to the field. Photos. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
"This omnibus is [Paula] Deen's answer to The Joy of Cooking . . . an honorable addition to the field." —Publishers Weekly
Library Journal
Few Southern favorites are missing from Deen's latest, which succeeds as a comprehensive guide to Southern home cooking and comfort food. Over 200 brand new, regionally diverse recipes appear alongside classics from Deen's The Lady & Sons restaurant in Savannah. By now, readers should know that Deen doesn't skimp on full-fat dairy—be prepared to embrace butter, cream cheese, and sour cream as you work your way through recipes like Praline French Toast Casserole, Chicken-Fried Steaks with Cream Gravy, and Red Velvet Cake Doughnuts with Cream Cheese Icing. [See Prepub Alert, 4/25/11.]
Kirkus Reviews
An encyclopedic tour of Southern cuisine that leaves no doubt about Deen's (Paula Deen: It Ain't All About the Cooking, 2009, etc.) latest bountiful and delicious contributions to the contemporary American kitchen. Stuffed with more than 300 recipes for every occasion imaginable, Deen's cookbook sets out to prove that nothing beats home cooking. The Emmy-winning restaurateur and bestselling cookbook author has snowballed in popularity since beginning her TV career on the Food Network. Here, alongside New York Times food writer Clark, Deen aims to claim a well-deserved spot in the pantheon of engaging and enlightening culinary writers. The author divides her offerings into 16 easily navigable categories, with a large section of sauces, dressings and relishes to boot. Each recipe is written with exceptional attention to detail, yet the instructions are simple, rarely exceeding four steps. The author's inimitable voice enhances the introductions to each chapter, as well as sidebars and handy headnotes. As for critics of her penchant for high-caloric ingredients like butter and cream, let them eat Ooey Gooey Butter Layer Cake. Just make sure you don't miss out on the Low-Country Boil, a Southern tradition and one-pot wonder of which Deen writes, "Y'all, just one taste of Low-Country Boil is enough to remind you that down South even if you're poor in the pocket, you're rich in the belly." Preach it, Paula.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416564072
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 10/11/2011
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 55,343
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Paula Deen

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.

Melissa Clark is the author of thirty-two cookbooks, including her latest, Cook This Now. She is a New York Times food columnist, and her work has also appeared in Food & Wine, Gilt Taste, and other publications.

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Recipe

CHEESY SOUTHERN QUICHE WITH COUNTRY HAM

I baked my share of quiches back before I opened the restaurant, when I was catering. Everyone adores a rich, eggy pie like this, and I think it's the prettiest thing for a brunch buffet.

SERVES 6 TO 8
Paula's Flaky Piecrust Dough (page 339) or store-bought piecrust
1 large egg white
3 tablespoons shredded Cheddar cheese
3 large eggs
1 ½ cups half-and-half
¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
6 ounces thinly sliced fully cooked country ham, cut into ½-inch-wide strips
1 tablespoon butter, cut into small bits

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Roll the dough out to a 3/8-inch thickness and line a 9-inch pie plate. Line the dough with foil and fill with dried beans or pie weights. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, then remove the foil and beans or weights and bake for 5 to 7 minutes longer.

2. Take the crust out of the oven, but leave the oven on and increase the oven temperature to 375°F. Brush the bottom of the crust with the egg white and sprinkle evenly with the cheese. Return the crust to the oven and bake until lightly browned, 10 to 13 minutes.

3. In a medium bowl, prepare the custard by whisking together the whole eggs, half-and-half, nutmeg, salt, and black pepper.

4. Lay the ham over the bottom of the partially baked crust and carefully pour in the custard.

Dot the top with the butter pieces and return to the oven. Bake until the top of the quiche is puffed up and golden and the middle is almost set, 25 to 35 minutes. Let the quiche cool for at least 15 minutes on the counter. That middle will keep on cooking gently. By the time you cut into it, the quiche should be good and set so that your slices come out nice and clean.

BLIND BAKING

This means partially baking a piecrust before you add your filling. Blind baking ensures that your crust doesn't get all soggy from a liquid filling. The pie weights prevent the crust from puffing up when you bake it. If you don't have pie weights around your house, just use dried beans or uncooked rice on top of the foil to hold that crust in place.
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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    Good book, but NO pictures

    It's Paula Deen, so YES, it has fantastic recipes and her wonderful down-home, charming style of sharing her food passion! I was disappointed that there are no pictures though. There are illustrations for techniques, such as properly placing a cooking therometer in a pot. Why are pictures a big deal in recipe books? They bring your imagination to life in a very vivid way that makes you anxious to run to your kitchen and get started right away! And after all, isn't actually cooking the goal of a recipe book? Not convinced yet? Take a look at Rose Levy Birnbaum's Pie and Pastry Bible or her Cake Bible. I dare you to do that and not race to your kitchen to get started baking! Other than the omission of photographs, this book is great, full of wonderful recipes and Paula-ness, and most definitely a keeper for anyone who takes delight in preparing great food.

    26 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2012

    Delicious Recipes!

    Paula did it again! Fabulous recipes that can be trimmed down for those of us who are counting fat, calories, and so on. Or, just enjoy them as Paula intended them to be. Either way, you will find no disappointments!

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Best Cookbook Ever!

    The guy who said these recipes are loaded with fat must be on a diet. This cookbook has great recipes and I love the personal stories Paula wrote at the beginning of each recipe.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2013

    Forgiveness

    Things said in the past need to be left in the past. Buying this book is a small gesture of support for Paula and the horrible things that are being done to her for a small lapse in judgment. These companies who made millions of dollars off from her hard work should be ashamed of themselves.
    Good luck Paula.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2011

    Love this cookbook!

    I am not a huge Paula Deen fan. Her laugh tends to grate my nerves at times. From time to time, though, I do watch her show and have found that I like some of her recipes. This book was given to me as a Christmas present. The day after Christmas I made the buttermilk pancakes and the first words out of my daughters mouth after her first bite was "these are delicious; they are the best pancakes ever!" That says a lot coming from a 13 yr old picky eater. I will definitely try a majority of the other recipes.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

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    I found this book to be what it says... the bible of cooking. T

    I found this book to be what it says... the bible of cooking.

    This book literally changed my life.

    Now, I too recently was diagnosed with diabetes, but I don't attribute this to Southern Cooking, that is just blasphemy.

    Southern Cooking is the proper way to live.  I loved the passion, the humor, the words that say "I love food".
     

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 18, 2011

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    Highly recommended- you must check it out.

    I bought this book the day Paula was scheduled in Tyler Texas for a book signing. I collect cookbooks and have always made it a #1 priority to buy books with pictures because they are so mouth watering. This new book of hers needs no pics. This is such a user friendly book and easy recipes for people who don't have a lot of time in the kitchen. This is such a well thought out book, Thank You Paula Deen, for a wonderful addition to my collection. (My Favorite Meatloaf) wonderful flavor. Happy Cooking, now go buy it!!!

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    Not enough pictures!

    Good book, but not enough pictures. I saw Paula talking about the book and it sounded like there would be alot of pictures, but not the case. But other wise a very good book. I like it alot.

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Highly Recommended - check it out.

    I purchased this book for my daughter for Christmas. I love the recipes in this book. Very simple and easy. Plus I love Paula Dean.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2012

    My hearts breaks

    Im paula biggest fan . Stood in line for hours so she could sign book and somebody stole it . Wish i could afford this book , but single mom of 3 girls keeps me poor . Love u paula .

    4 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    These are the best recipes

    This book is full of tasty snacks for you and your whole family

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    Captures Southern Cooking

    Good recipes, Good directions and good results!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 6, 2012

    You Can't Beat Paula!

    I have 4 other Paula Deen cookbooks. There seems to be some overlapping of recipes from my previous collection, but if this is your first Paula cookbook, you can't go wrong. And if you are a Paula collector, you won't mind a few duplicates. SHE'S STILL GREAT!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Love it, y'all!!!

    This is definitely worth purchasing!!!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2011

    A 2011 BEST BUY!!

    I love Paula and this book is just terrific. Sometimes you buy cookbooks (like me) because you just love them and collect them, but when you get home, and page thru them, you find that you really only would realistically make a handful of their recipes. Not true with this one. I "bookmarked" almost 3/4 of the recipes- or more. Her recipes come out well 98% of the time. Cudos, Paula. I just wish you were living with me in my home instead of yours. And cooking for me, of course.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2011

    Highly recommend....great book.

    I have several Paula Deen cookbooks and love them all. I like anything Paula Deen.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2013

    This book just MADE MY DAY.  I recently purchased this book, aft

    This book just MADE MY DAY.  I recently purchased this book, after I heard that Paula is a racist.  
    Now, all stereotypes aside, She is a sweet little slice of cheery pie!  
    I can't understand how she admitted to all these comments.  I'm not saying I know her, but if I did, I would say that she LOVES the n-word.
    She recently called me a (insert n-word here)horse who couldn't eat a watermelon if it was shoved in my face.  
    I think it just shows all the love in her heart.  Love you too, Paula!

    3 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2012

    Great Cookbook

    This is a great cookbook. It has a good variety of recipes, which are easy to follow.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    Put it in the fryer

    The food in paulas mind is unhealthy, fatty, and inhuman.
    I can imagine her saying "lets take this healthy spinnach and put it in the fryer"
    EAT AT YOUR OWN RISK

    2 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2012

    Excellent recipes!

    Great cookbook. Can't wait to give the recipes a try. Anything by Paula Deen has been a hit in this house :)

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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