Yup, we’ve got that one

And more than one million more. Become a member today and read free for two weeks.

Read free for two weeks
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 frankly and intimately as few women in the public eye have ever dared. Whether she's telling tales of good times or bad, her story is proof that the old-fashioned American dream is alive and kicking, and there still is such a thing as a real-life happy ending.

Topics: Television, Chefs, Success, Domestic, Funny, Heartfelt, Cookbooks, Family, American South, and Inspirational

Published: Simon & Schuster on Apr 4, 2007
ISBN: 9781416539681
List price: $13.99
Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
Availability for Paula Deen: It Ain't All About the Cookin'
With a 30 day free trial you can read online for free
  1. This book can be read on up to 6 mobile devices.
Clear rating

Paula Deen's life is a true success story. When she started her first business at the age of 42, she was struggling to hold her rocky marriage together and barely had two nickels to rub together. Throughout all her troubles, Deen has persevered and followed her dreams. The book is an interesting read and it's told just as if Paula was sitting in your living room telling you her life story. She includes recipes for some of the foods that she mentions in her chapters. An excellent read if you're looking for something fairly light and conversational. I enjoyed it immensely!read more
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Pretty good. Written just like she talks. Good Inspiration for overcoming and following your dreams. Honest.read more
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
I loved reading this book - I read it in only a few hours. Paula shares some of her secrets with classic southern charm...what more could you want!read more
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Read all reviews

Reviews

Paula Deen's life is a true success story. When she started her first business at the age of 42, she was struggling to hold her rocky marriage together and barely had two nickels to rub together. Throughout all her troubles, Deen has persevered and followed her dreams. The book is an interesting read and it's told just as if Paula was sitting in your living room telling you her life story. She includes recipes for some of the foods that she mentions in her chapters. An excellent read if you're looking for something fairly light and conversational. I enjoyed it immensely!
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Pretty good. Written just like she talks. Good Inspiration for overcoming and following your dreams. Honest.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
I loved reading this book - I read it in only a few hours. Paula shares some of her secrets with classic southern charm...what more could you want!
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Autobiography is not my favorite genre, but having watched Paula Deen's show a few times, the book caught my eye when I saw it on the new book shelf at the library. Paula Deen is known for Southern-style "comfort food" and it appears she has needed quite a bit of comfort in her somewhat turbulent life. Fans of Ms. Deen will enjoy the book and be happy for the much better life she has made for herself with the help of her sons.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Every bit as fun and goofy as you'd expect from Paula Deen!
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
I actually wanted to read this book because someone told me Paula Deen suffered from severe anxiety and agoraphobia and wrote all about it. I'm not agoraphobic but I get panic attacks and I was curious. She only brought it up briefly a couple times and then seemingly figured out her reasons why and cured herself.

I liked this book a little because I like the cook, not the book, and it really needed to be cut in half. She gave out odd advice on opening a restaurant. That said, she told some "secrets" about who she really is. She's a real person, and she's lived a real life. I saw some reviewers who really trashed on her for what she's done. Dude. Like you haven't ever made a mistake? Come on. She was brave for being so real in this book. Other than that the only good thing were the recipes.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Load more
scribd