Review: Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible

From the Publisher:

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

My Thoughts:

If you have never had the pleasure of eating food prepared from one of Paula Deen's recipes, you are missing out on something truly spectacular. My wife has made me several meals and deserts from her recipes, and let me tell you, they are delicious. 

The book is arranged similar to an actual meal. The appetizers are first, then salads and soups, followed by the main dishes and finishing up with the deserts. These recipes are for what I call "real food". These are the kind of recipes your mother made for you when you were little. Nothing snobbish here, just really good food. Food that is great for any kind of gathering you may have. 

The instructions are put together in an easy to follow manner. Most of the recipes have a special tip from Paula on a certain aspect of the process that can be tricky or is important to the overall success of the dish. Several mention substitutions too account for differing tastes. The only thing lacking would be a picture of each completed recipe. There are a few pictures in the book, but even a small picture of each dish would be helpful. I am sure this was a cost saving measure in the publishing process.

Reading this book will make you hungry, you have been warned. I will leave you with just a few of my favorite recipes from the book:

The Real Deal Gumbo
Paula's Chicken and Dumplin's
Savannah Crab Cakes
Mustard-Glazed Rib-Eyes
Banana Cream Pie


The Author:

Paula Deen's Food Network show, Paula's Home Cooking, won a Daytime Emmy award in 2007. She has authored many bestselling cook books. Paula's restaurant, The Lady and Sons, is located in historic Savannah and is a huge success. Along with her books, Paula Deen has a line of food products and cooking ware. 

Rating: 4/5

Book Details:

Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible by Paula Deen
Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: October 11, 2011


I received a review copy of this book from the publisher. 

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