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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  2,236 ratings  ·  445 reviews
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 lu ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 3rd 2009 by Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group (first published 2007)
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Melissa
Jun 22, 2008 Melissa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of PD's show, people who like biographies
It was a quick read for me, but the second half was little more dull than the first. I guess once I got to the part where she had her own show, the interest level died off. I did get tired of her southern sayings and starting a sentence with "Look, ..." - it's not literary but conversational and it gets old quick. Not a bad book though.
Jennifer
I love Paula Deen! She is such a funny, strong and genuine person. She has such an amazing story - literally going from rags to riches. But I don't think fame has changed her one bit. She is the kind of person who stays true to herself no matter what others say. I was so inspired by her story and her incredible strength. And I can't wait to try some of the recipes in the book!
Luann
This was a great break from the long, heavy book I'm currently reading and feeling bogged down in. It was a nice, light read. I felt like I had invited Paula Deen in to sit down at the kitchen table and tell me about her life. Her voice came through perfectly, yet toned down enough that every sentence didn't contain a "y'all." Also, Paula Deen's personality came through perfectly - warts and all, as she says. It took a lot of courage to share some of the secrets she shares. She also shares some ...more
Kimberly Smith
She might be bawdy, ballsy, have a potty mouth, but she is REAL! I'm glad she told the truth, warts & all, because I feel like I have a new friend in Savannah Georgia & we've just been chatting it up over a piece of pie.

I so admire her drive, her ambition, her passion for living, her easy laughter & her Southern charm. I love to read about successful women in business & I wasn't disappointed. She's an amazing woman.
Darlene
Paula Deen is quite a character. I started reading the book, then downloaded the audio book and she was the narrator. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing her spoken words. Her southern accent and the way she describes the ups and downs of her life was so endearing. I recommend the book to anyone who has seen her on TV and likes her.
Dottie B
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!! Let me repeat: I. LOVE. THIS. BOOK.

If you like books that have first name, Paula, Last name Deen, and the words It. Ain't. All. About. The. Cooking. THEN.... drumroll please. THIS IS THE PERFECT BOOK FOR YOU.

I love Paula Deen's hair so much. I wish mine would look like that. I tried to get it that lovely shade of silver but oh my was that a mistake! I had to spend $250 and a whole afternoon at the beauty parlor. I would take a star off for that misadventure, but I guess t
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CJ
I love biographies, always have. I'm in the middle of reading another non-fiction book that's really bringing me down and needed something to pick me up. Paula Deen fit that bill. I loved that the book sounded the way she sounds on her show (and I've been dropping the "g" off all my words for the last several days). She pulled no punches when talking about her life - the times when she was mean to her boys, her failings in her first marriage, approaching her step-children - it's all there. Inste ...more
Virginia Welch
Paula, Paula, I love you. I've read this book three times. So what makes it so good?

Candor - You're going to see the real Paula.
Humor - Lots of it; I love it when a book makes me laugh out loud.
Admiration - You watch Paula go from clueless teen who marries, by all accounts, the wrong guy, to young mother of two sons, to agoraphobic, to impoverished single mom, to hard-working, successful restaurateur.
Family photos - They add depth to the book.
Recipes - A few of Paula's favorites.

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Amy
I really enjoyed this book and I laughed out loud in a bunch of places. Paula is even more blunt and honest in her memoirs than on her show or in her magazine. I don't watch the show anymore because we don't have television channels, but I love her magazine.

The upside of this book is that it's a great story about someone achieving the American Dream through hard work and gumption. She had nothing when she started a business at the age of 42. You don't have to be young, educated, or dishonest to
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Stephanie
I knew going into this book that it would be interesting and probably make me laugh a bit and cry some too. That said, I did not expect it to make me feel those emotions so deeply. As is Paula's charm, I honestly felt like I was sitting on my couch drinking sweet tea with my beloved late Great Granny Pearl. They are so alike in so many ways it almost hurts. I have a new found respect for Paula for her true and uninhibited honesty in the face of fearing rejection from fans. I am sure there are th ...more
Vicki
I just happened to pick this book up at the library. To be honest with you I wasn't sure if I was going to like a book about the life of a restaurant owner and author of cookbooks, but I loved it. I loved her honesty and the wonderful way she expressed herself in sharing her life story. I could sit around and listen to her for days. I opted to listen to her book and I would highly recommend you do the same. Her colorful language and wonderful southern accent were so much fun to listen too. After ...more
MsSmartiePants ...like the candy...
Well this book was a surprise! It was better than I expected! It's an autobiography about the famous restaurateur and TV chef. If you've ever watched her show, you know that she's pretty cute and funny. She also cooks the most decadent food and is known to looooooove butter! You'll get a look at the humble beginnings Paula experienced as a single mom with two young sons to raise. It will amaze you. You truly do not need a degree in anything to succeed! You need heart, dedication, perseverance, c ...more
Crystal sisson
Paula has a great way of writing the way she speaks. With her y'alls and crazy southern descriptions. It reminded me of a story that my grandmother or great grandmother would have told.

Paula gives lots of dark secrets that you would have never imagined about her. Life when she grew up with her parents and grandparents in Georgia, her marriage, her life with her boys, starting her businesses and numerous restaurants, and how she got her start as one of Food Networks biggest stars.

I was a little
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Cheryl
Remain a fan even though I have mixed feelings about the memoir.

Some of it felt like things I rather she kept private but I also know, when you become famous, either you provide the information on your own terms, or some internet nazi or gossiper will out you for profit. That makes me admire her courage. Don't think she needed to dwell on some parts so much but then, that is her style. If Paula is half as talkative as she is in the show, I suspect Sherry pruned the book a lot just to keep it at
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
*read before the controversy* Rating removed but review remains unaltered.

I walked by this on the library shelf last year and thought to myself that it might be fun to see what goes on behind the scenes with this "momma" cook.

What an interesting peek into the world of someone that spent many years as a shut-in, had enough of a temper to alienate her family, has a very healthy sex drive, and is generally nothing like the image that you see portrayed on television.

You go, Ms. Paula! I have a lot m
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rosesamongthorns
A very inspiring woman, an embodiment of "ceasing the moment". I truly admire her courage of taking the plunge and that calculated risk. I hope I can have that bit of courage so that life will not pass me by. Paula at 42 - that means it's never to late for me to take the dive. I'm trying in my own little way to pursue my passion w/c has been long set aside and reading this book (just in time when I'm taking the curve) makes me more committed to pursue the road I did not dare not thread. I like h ...more
RD
This book raised red flags for me when I read it. There's nothing wrong with the writing style in this book; it's pretty straightforward as an autobiography. But Paula's questionable attitudes shine through this book, making it uncomfortable to read.

For one, she seems to dislike white collar workers. She shuns a dental hygienist job because she is in love with the man who would become her first husband. We can blame this on her youth, but she later makes a flippant comment on liberal universiti
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Melody
May 10, 2011 Melody added it
Frank, revealing, humorous....read this shortly after visiting Paula's restaurant in Savannah, GA...I have so much respect for this woman and how she created a successful career out of virtually nothing. Is she a bit overexposed on tv these days? Well, yeah, but...still love her homespun stories and recipes! And if you EVER get a chance to eat at her restaurant, it will be one of the best meals of your life!
Liz
I just love Paula Deen after reading thia book!! Paula was very sincere and honest with her words. After reading this book as well as At Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, I want to take a trip Savannah, Georgia. Paula is an amazing woman that found authentic self in her 40's, she is truly one inspiring Southern woman!!!
Bev
This is a book I picked up at Costco just as an impulse purchase. I watch Paula "More Butter is Better" Deen's show on Food Network and knew something about her years of suffering with agoraphobia and I was curious to read her story. The other night I picked it up to glance at and was surprised at how fascinated I was. I ended up reading the whole thing that night. I will admit that the final chapters, after she had become established as a Food Network star and it was just more-of-same were less ...more
Shay
I loved this book. Paula Deen is one of my favorite cooks and getting to read about her life was so fun. She truly had a rags-to-riches story, and it is amazing what she was able to do, especially later in life. I would highly recommend this book.
Erika Taylor
Wow. Where is the fried chicken? This was a fun read about a woman who has it all and deserves exactly what she has. I listened to this in the car and I'm pretty sure I now have a southern accent.
Bruce
I thought this book was wonderful, not at all what I expected. It felt like and intimate chat with Paula herself. I also found her life to be a surprise to me, not at all what I expected.
Teechbiz
I always love reading biographies, especially biographies of successful women. I learned some very interesting things about a woman who faced many challenges head on and won in the end.
Lori
It was okay. I've liked her show. I think she's an interesting lady, but the book is blah and disorganized. It was nice to have some recipes though.
Maryann
this ememoir was excellent. paula is so honest and down to earth, she makes you feel like a freind!! loved it, and her!!
Kirra Mowrey
Loved getting to know The Lady! She is honest and hilarious :)
Authentic, brave and inspiring.
Cindy
Interesting life...interesting story.
Julie
I loooooovvvveeee Paula Deen. I think she's a hoot! And, I have the utmost respect for her as a self-made woman. Although I have watched and loved her show for years, I'll admit I'm not a big fan of southern cooking, but I am a big fan of Paula. How can you not be?? She is charming, witty, down-to-earth and doesn't take herself or life too seriously. Her laugh is contagious, and she brings a colorful flair to the sometimes humdrum world of cooking shows.

Okay, enough about how fabulous I think P
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Diane
I was trying to pick a book that would run the gamut on my biographies goal for 2011.

Good points:
She wrote about some awful points of her life, including her own failings. I did appreciate that she was willing to show all sides of herself.

She was emphatic about emphasizing the good points about her ex-husband.

She has a really good statement/point about taking risks and whether you should or should not.

Bad points:
The folksy-isms were way overly done. Holy crap. How many more of those do you need
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Paula Deen (born Paula Ann Hiers) is an American cook, restaurateur, author, actress and Emmy Award-winning television personality.

Deen resides in Savannah, Georgia, where she owns and operates The Lady & Sons restaurant with her sons, Jamie and Bobby Deen. She has also published five cookbooks. Though married in 2004 to Michael Anthony Groover, she continues to use the surname Deen from her f
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