From watching Paulas Home Cooking on the Food Network, you know quite a bit about Paula Deens kitchen, and you may be vaguely familiar with this Southern belles rags-to-riches story. But until youve read the memoir Paula Deen: It Aint All About the Cookin, you dont know our girl Paula. On TV she makes it seem as though all anyone needs to be happy are sticks of butter, fried chicken, a Santa Claus-bearded husband and some good kids, but this cook (she says shes not a chef because she didnt go to chef school) appreciates that life isnt all celebration food like peanut-butter gooey cakes. In fact, the Albany, Georgia, native suffered many hardships throughout her life, including the early death of both of her parents and a paralyzing, years-long bout with agoraphobia. The memoir, which is written in Paulas signature drawl, outlines the struggles and the good times (like now) -- and some delicious recipes are interlaced throughout, to complement the stories. To enjoy the company of this television cook, movie star (she was in Elizabethtown) and surrogate grandmother to many, youll just have to read the book and catch Paula on television: Her appearance this evening at the St. Louis County Library Headquarters branch (1640 South Lindbergh Boulevard, Frontenac; 314-994-3300 or www.slcl.org) is completely sold out. Good times for Paula, indeed!
Thu., April 26