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Paula Deen & Friends (Hardcover)

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Sharing a delicious meal is everyone's favorite way of bringing together friends and loved ones. In this cookbook, "Paula Deen & Friends: Living It Up, Southern Style," Paula Deen --å author, restaurateur and expert on traditional Southern cooking --å turns to her friends to share their stories, ideas for entertaining Southern style and, most important, more than 150 of the prized recipes they serve to their families and friends.

With the trademark Southern charm that has made her beloved by fans everywhere, this book features delicious, down-home entertaining menus, with recipes that are guaranteed to be instant crowd-pleasers. Whether you're planning an intimate family dinner, hosting an elegant cocktail party or feeding a hungry crowd for lunch, these mouthwatering meals are the perfect way to share any occasion with good friends --å and have fun doing it! From a tailgate picnic to a bridge supper, a christening to a camping trip, and a family dinner to an ice cream social, there are recipes to delight any gathering.

Throw a down-home birthday bash with Beer-in-the-Rear Chicken, Bacon-Wrapped Grilled Corn on the Cob, and Buttermilk Pound Cake with Strawberries and Whipped Cream. Or host a casual cookie swap with friends and watch those Peanut Butter Brownie Cupcakes and Rolled Oatmeal Cookies disappear! An outdoor lunch wouldn't be complete without real Southern Fried Chicken and Buttermilk Corn Bread. And comfort foods like Quick Crab Stew, Shrimp and Wild Rice Casserole, and Black Bottom Pie are soul-satisfying dishes that warm the heart and soothe the spirit. There are also recipes for refreshing cocktails and beverages, from the Southern traditional favorites like Plantation Iced Tea and Mint Juleps, to Lemonade and Hot Cranberry Cider.

Entertaining Southern style is about much more than the food; it's about spending time with the people you care about. Deen and her friends are the experts when it comes to creating delightful meals that are easy to prepare, so you, too, can relax and enjoy the fun with your guests. Each chapter is filled with helpful tips and time-saving techniques, as well as the memorable cooking stories that inspired Deen and her friends to create these recipes. You'll be inspired to share memorable meals and occasions with family and friends, as "Paula Deen & Friends" invites you to live it up, Southern style.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

"Deen, the popular Food Network personality and proprietor of the Savannah restaurant The Lady & Sons, shares 24 party menus, featuring recipes culled from her friends and family. Of course, things are skewed Southern, but Deen's quick to point out that 'the love and appreciation for our Deep South cookin' knows no geographic boundaries' (nor does it know any dietary restrictions). Working with Savannah magazine's Nesbit, Deen covers festive but low-key events such as a Bridge Club Supper and a Georgia Bulldawg Parking Lot Tailgate, as well as a few holidays, including a New Year's Day Soup Lunch. The authors and their friends -- there's a preschool teacher, a scoutmaster, Martha's husband Gary's cousin, and others -- are bent on making their brunches, lunches and dinners colorful but casual. Among their 150 Southern specialties are Bert's Southern Fried Chicken, Shrimp and Crab au Gratin, and Vidalia Onion Corn Bread. There's a nice mixture of easy, traditional favorites (Pimiento Cheese) and newer, more sophisticated dishes (Pecan-Coated Fish with Remoulade Sauce), and desserts (Double Rum Cake, Peach Cream Tart, Chocolate Sandwich Cookies) are suitably over-the-top. Deen's enthusiasm, friendly advice and inclusion of family stories all contribute to make the book 'all about real people cookin' real food.' 32 pages of color photos." --å Janis Donnaud

About the Author

Entrepreneur, restaurateur, author, public speaker, television personality and noted expert on traditional Southern cooking, Paula Deen was born in Albany, Ga. In addition to her success on television where she has hosted numerous cooking programs, Deen is the author of 14 cookbooks that have sold more than 8 million copies. Her bimonthly magazine, "Cooking with Paula Deen," has a circulation of nearly 1 million. On New Year's Day 2011 she was honored to serve as Grand Marshall of the Tournament of Roses Parade.

Ever grateful for all she has been blessed with, Deen and her family continue to give back to the community. A member of the board of the Bethesda Home for Boys, she works tirelessly for America's Second Harvest and partners with Smithfield Foods Helping Hungry Homes -- which has donated protein for more than 10,000,000 meals for America's hungry.

She and her family make their home in Savannah, Ga.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9780743267229
  • Release Date: April 2005