Paula Deen's The Deen Family Cookbook

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"Many of the bonds my family has were forged over the dinner table and through the sharing of recipes. Cooking is the way we express our love for one another....I feel so lucky and blessed by the strong support and wonderful memories — and the incredible recipes — that my family has brought me. They are the heart and soul of this book."

— FROM THE INTRODUCTION

Nothing is more important to Paula Deen than her family, and nothing makes that big family happier than sitting down to ...

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Overview

"Many of the bonds my family has were forged over the dinner table and through the sharing of recipes. Cooking is the way we express our love for one another....I feel so lucky and blessed by the strong support and wonderful memories — and the incredible recipes — that my family has brought me. They are the heart and soul of this book."

— FROM THE INTRODUCTION

Nothing is more important to Paula Deen than her family, and nothing makes that big family happier than sitting down to a meal together. In Paula Deen's The Deen Family Cookbook, Paula and the Deens, Hiers, Groovers, and Orts share their recipes and memories.

Paula's beloved Aunt Peggy makes an Old-Fashioned Meat Loaf that's as good in sandwiches the next day as it is for dinner. Baby brother Bubba Hiers brings his Beer and Onion Biscuits to the table, and his daughter, Corrie, makes a simple but luscious Lemony, Buttery Baked Fish that's perfect for a weeknight dinner. (Her Carrot-Pecan Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting are pretty tasty, too!) Son Jamie makes Huevos Rancheros, perfect for brunch, or try Bobby's Whole Wheat and Honey Pancakes. Husband Michael Groover knows his way around a grill: try his Company's Coming Grilled Steak and Veggie Supper for easy entertaining, and finish the evening with his Irish Coffee.

Of course, there was no way The Lady herself was going to let her relatives have all the fun: Paula is, after all, Paula. She shares her recipe for the Ham and Chutney Biscuit Fingers she puts on the table at every family party as well as the Eggplant and Sausage Lasagna that went a long way toward getting the boys to eat their vegetables. And while there's plenty of butter, bacon, and mayonnaise in these pages, you'll find some of the lighter recipes that Paula enjoys, too: Seared Scallops with Pineapple-Cucumber Salsa is her first choice for a healthful but romantic supper with Michael, and Oven-Fried Chicken Breasts with Honey-Yogurt Drizzle lets Paula indulge in her favorite foods without guilt and with room for dessert.

With more than 140 recipes and dozens of beautiful color photographs, there's something here for everyone. So invite over all those aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends, and treat them to some home cooking, Deen family style.

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Editorial Reviews

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In her first major cookbook since 2006's Paula Deen Celebrates!, the doyenne of southern kitchen craft presents a delectable spring special that contains 175 new recipes. The Food Network star pulls out all the culinary stops in this gorgeous, full-color illustrated cookbook. Not only does she include her own favorite newly developed recipes; she also sprinkles in original culinary concoctions from her brother, her bestselling author sons, her husband, and his family.
Publishers Weekly
Spunky Food Network matriarch Deen returns with yet another down-home Southern recipe compilation, including the input of family members this time around. Classic comfort food is what Deen and family do best, and in that respect this collection doesn't disappoint: dishes like Beefy French Onion Soup, Caesar salad, Michael's Navy Bean and Ham Hock Soup, Carrie's Bacon Creamed Spinach and a simple baked fish topped with a buttery mixture of lemon and green onion are surefire hits for cooks of all skill levels. Of course, it wouldn't be a Deen production if there weren't some serious bacon-, dairy- and mayonnaise-based dishes involved; artery cloggers include Candied Bourbon Bacon Bites, Croque Madame Casserole and indulgent Deluxe Twice-Baked Potatoes with Shrimp. Shockingly, Deen devotes a whole chapter to healthy food, including Red Pepper-Balsamic Dip, Easy Poached Salmon and a Spicy Chicken and Green Chile Chili that'll give hearts and waistlines a well-deserved break before Deen carts out the Coconut Cream Bread Pudding with Chocolate Velvet Sauce.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743278133
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 4/7/2009
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 307,367
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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.

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Introduction

I have always believed that a big family was the greatest gift that anyone could have. When I was a little girl I would just beg and plead with my mama and daddy because I wished for more sisters and brothers. You may know that my wish didn’t come true back then—I lost both my parents when I was barely grown, and was left to finish raising my brother, Bubba. Now I thank my lucky stars to be blessed with a family that just keeps on growing. And when I talk about family, I’m thinking about all the people who are most precious to me, whether or not we’re actually related.

I have the privilege of working with people so special to me that they’ve become part of what I consider my extended family. So not only have I got my darling husband, Michael, wonderful sons and grandson, and beloved brother, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, in-laws, and children by marriage, I’ve also got my assistants, my publicist, and my dear agent, Barry, who makes me feel like I have a daddy again. All these people have become so important to me that I can’t imagine they won’t be a part of my life forever. One thing that’s become clearer and clearer over the years: Family is not about being blood-related, it’s simply about love.

And food! Many of the bonds my family has were forged over the dinner table and through the sharing of recipes. Cooking is the way we express our love for one another. We celebrate just about everything that happens to us down here with a meal. It’s a grand old Southern tradition! I remember as a young girl going to family reunions, and, oh my gosh, everybody would just try to outdo each other with their best dishes. It always felt like the good eating was lined up for blocks on those tables. To this day, bringing my family together means piling up a plate loaded with everybody’s favorite recipes.

Those family recipes are the very soul of everything I do. On my restaurant menu, you’ll find my Grandmama Paul’s fried chicken and collard greens; you’ll find Aunt Peggy’s meat loaf and her sweet potato soufflé. And if you’ve ever sent one of your family recipes to me or my Web site, it might just end up on TV, where I love to share all the tasty tricks I learn from the people around me and beyond. My life is my cooking, and none of it would be possible without my family, and yours, too.

Of course, I could never have started my restaurant without my aunts, uncles, cousins, and, most of all, my wonderful sons. Everyone really came together and pitched in from the very beginning, and they’ve been there for me ever since. My Aunt Peggy and Uncle George made my dream of owning a beautiful restaurant come true when I didn’t think I would be financially able to finish what I’d set out to create. My little brother, Bubba, helped handle business matters at The Lady & Sons before opening Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House.

Then there are Jamie and Bobby, who have been behind me all along. My boys were barely out of their teens when they started delivering lunches for The Bag Lady. And when we got our own restaurant, Jamie went right to work in the kitchen, and Bobby’s smile was out front, making guests feel welcome in the dining room. The smartest thing I ever did was add “& Sons” to the name of the restaurant. I wanted so badly to give those boys wings, to see that they had security and a future, and I feel I have done my best. I think so many of the people who eat at The Lady & Sons pick up on the love that’s at the heart of our restaurant.

I try to thank my beautiful family and acknowledge them every chance I have, but even if I do this every day for the rest of my life, it will never be enough. That’s why I decided that it was time to go ahead and dedicate a book to them. I just have to share with y’all the love and good times I have with my family. Not to mention all the stories—like the time Cousin George got behind the wheel of the family car at age eleven, or how Brooke went from being “the five o’clock girl” to being Jamie’s beautiful bride and mama to my grandson, baby Jack. I feel so lucky and blessed by the strong support and wonderful memories—and the incredible recipes—that my family has brought me. They are the heart and soul of this book.

I’m proud to share the recipes that I grew up on, like Aunt Peggy’s Old-Fashioned Meat Loaf and Our Favorite Hearty Oxtail Stew. And I just can’t keep to myself all the new ones that marriage has brought to our family table, like Michael’s Deluxe Twice-Baked Potatoes with Shrimp and Michelle’s Banana-Chocolate Gorilla Bread. Although I may be the one you’ve seen cooking on TV, there’s a whole family of great cooks behind every dish I make.

As you look through these pages, you’ll recognize some old-time down-home favorites as well as some more health-minded dishes. Those tend to be the ones that Michael and I enjoy a little more often these days to balance out all the pound cake and fried chicken! Eating a more moderate diet is something we all have to think about, especially as we get older. Making it all still taste delicious is a must for me—otherwise it’s right back to that fried chicken! I look to Bobby when I need inspiration for that kind of cooking. He’s so clever when it comes to cooking fish or coming up with healthy grilling recipes for a cookout. That’s where his cooking really shines.

I hope you’ll enjoy learning a little more about where all the great food in my life comes from, and I know you’ll love trying your hand at my family recipes— they’re all time-tested and Paula-approved, I guarantee!

I wish you best dishes, y’all—from my family to yours.

© 2009 Alan richardson

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2009

    Paula Deen...you go girl!

    I found the recipes to be easy to do with what I already had in the cupboard. I especially loved the meatloaf recipe. I love her family's country style and perfect recipes. The personal stories make it more personal. Keep 'em coming Deen Family!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2009

    Great Cookbook!

    love the recipes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Yummy!!!!!!

    I love Paula Deen and this cookbook is the best. If you love good Southern cooking, this is the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

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    she's done it again

    Paula has done it again ! She never fails to delight me with her recipess and her personal stories. Always witty.

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  • Posted June 30, 2009

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    Wonderful!

    I found the recipes to be easy to do with what I already had in the cupboard. I loved the stories behind the recipes, it was like having Paula right here in my kitchen to give me inspiration!

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  • Posted June 20, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    enjoy cooking

    i find all of paula deens cook books to be wonderful. they all have easy recipes, ingrediants that you can find anywhere and ingrediants that are affordable. i also enjoy her family stories she tell along with the recipes and the humor she uses. she seems to be down to earth. i have bought almost all of her books and magazines thus far. my family has enjoyed everything i have made from her books. i would reccomend her cook books even to those who have no skill at cooking what so ever. she will make it look like you have been cooking forever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2009

    Another Beautiful Cookbook from Paula

    This cookbook is absolutely stunning to look at! Each recipe has an accompaning picture with it and a story behind where the recipe came from. A must have for Paula Deen and cookbook fans!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

    Love books

    Paula just makes me feel like im in her kitchen with her when she cooks. Its ashame they took her show off of tv, a lot of people liked her and i still do. I dont care what she says i mean everybody says something they dont mean to say. I say they need to put her show back on tv and just leave her alone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2009

    Always Love Paula Deen

    Fun Family Receipes!

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  • Posted June 15, 2009

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    Hey Y'all Come Eat!

    I absolutely love anything by Paula Deen.She is always entertaining and delightful.Her cookbooks are easy to use and the stories that go along with the recipes make you feel right at home with the foods.I am not really a cook but the pictures and instructions give the reader the confidence to try any of the recipes in this book.So pick up this cookbook and start fixing some of the things in it.You'll be hollering "Y'all Come Eat!" before you know it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2009

    Love Paula

    Paula is an inspiration to everyone in starting her business and raising her two sons. She has a loving family and this book really shows that. It was great to see how everyone associated with her contributed to her book. Loved seeing the pictures too.

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

    Comfortable

    Varied options for your cooking, with many fun contributions form the family. Something for everyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2009

    Another 10 from Paula and family.

    So easy to use. Recipies are amazing. Lot's a flavor and as always with Paula funny storys. My WHOLE family loves it. She makes cooking a joy.

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