Monday, November 19, 2007

Christmas with Paula Deen

Paula Deen, Food Network star and owner of two restaurants in Savannah, Georgia, shares Christmas memories and recipes in the small book, Christmas with Paula Deen. It's the perfect book to kick off a week of Christmas books, because Deen includes recipes for holidays from Thanksgiving to New Year's.

Buy or check this book out for its recipes. There are some great looking Christmas recipes, covering everything from candies and cookies to meat and mashed potatoes. Deen includes suggestions for gift presentations as well.

The stories themselves are repetitious if you're a Paula Deen fan, and already read her memoir, Paula Deen: It Ain't All About the Cookin'. Most of her stories of the holidays were included in that book. If you're a fan of her shows, though, it's enjoyable to have a few stories from her sons, Bobby and Jamie. Family pictures are included as well.

I do have a complaint about the print in this book. Although it's quite festive with the green and red print, it's difficult to read, and many people will not find it easy to read that print.

If you're looking for a fun Christmas gift for the cook in the family, this little book might fit the bill. However, take a good look at it with the reader in mind before giving it to someone.

Paula Deen's website is

Christmas with Paula Deen by Paula Deen. Simon & Schuster, ©2007. ISBN 978-0-7432-9286-3 (hardcover), 211p.


Kay said...

I love Paul Deen and love to watch her shows. While her recipes are delicious, they are quite rich (Southern cooking at its best). Can't eat too much of them but really nice for special occasions. I'm glad that she has become such a success.

Lesa said...

You're right, Kay. Lots of butter! I can skip the grits and oyster dressing, but I'd love to try her other food. And, I love to hear her talk!

The recipes look great, but, as you said, they're certainly rich.

Kay said...

She cracks me up when she is cooking. One day we watched her with some gentleman who fried, actually fried, hot dogs in butter and then put them on a bun. Wow! Then Paula just proceeded to enjoy every bite of that hot dog. Then there was the day that I watched her help a man make peach taffy. She got so sticky because she kept sampling it. LOL

Lesa said...

I watched her Southern Thanksgiving show just yesterday, and she went into a shop to buy Apple Butter, sampled all kinds of candy, even with the sign that said, "Please No Sampling," and then said, watch a fat girl smile when you take her into a candy shop. It's actually a pleasure to watch someone enjoy food so much.