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Author: Paula Deen Narrator: Paula Deen Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2007 ISBN: 9780743568845
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You may think you know the butter-loving, finger-licking, joke-cracking, queen of melt-in-your-mouth Southern cuisine. You may have even heard some version of her Cinderella story (a single mom with two teenage sons started a brown-bag lunch business with $200 and wound up with a thriving restaurant business, a fairy-tale second marriage, and wildly popular television shows), but you have never heard the intimate details of her often bumpy road to fame and fortune.

Courageously honest, downright inspiring, and just a little bit saucy, Paula shares the highs and the lows of her life in her inimitable charming and irreverent style. She talks about her childhood, the difficulty of her first marriage, and how the death of her beloved parents precipitated a debilitating agoraphobia that crippled her for years. But even when the going got tough, Paula never lost the good grace and sense of humor that would eventually help carry her to success and stardom.

Whether she's telling tales of good times or bad, Paula Deen speaks as frankly and intimately in this memoir as few women in the public eye have ever dared. Her story is proof that the good, old-fashioned American dream is alive and kicking, and there is still such a thing as a real-life happy ending. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “The books goes down like a handful of sneakily spicy nuts; the heat lingers.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Readers will be lovin’ this ruin-to-riches story from the queen of butter-and-mayo cuisine.” 


  • “Reading this intimate book is like Paula sit at your kitchen table. You can hear her talking, leaning in toward you over a cup of coffee, telling you the secrets of her life.” 

    Montgomery Advertiser

  • “Anyone who’s ever watched, mesmerized, as the author of this memoir pan-fries a porkchop on the Food Network will find lots to savor in her down-home life story…When Deen has turned the last of life’s lemons into Southern sweet lemonade, readers may want to stand up and cheer.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • A New York Times bestseller

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marsha | 10/9/2013

    " Great book about Paula Deen's life "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 2/1/2011

    " Paula Deen is fabulous! Great inspirational story, with some surprises along the way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 10/9/2010

    " It's just like she's sittin' in your kitchen talkin to ya.... :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 10/7/2010

    " I really loved it :0) She sounds just like when she's talking on television. What a great, heartfelt story! So honest and true. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 8/13/2010

    " Oh this was juicy and good! I loved reading Paula's backstory and am now even more inspired than before to have a go at the food industry (via a B&B) in the future! "

About the Author

Paula Deen was born and raised in Georgia where she began her career in food, launching first a catering company then a restaurant. Now a major celebrity in the cooking world, Deen is the author of numerous books and the host of several Emmy-winning shows on The Food Network. She also publishes a bimonthly magazine, Cooking with Paula Deen, and is a regular guest on QVC where she sells her books and food products.