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