Paula Deen: It Ain't All About the Cookin'

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Paula Deen

Narrated By: Paula Deen

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: April 2007

Duration: 6 hours 55 minutes


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.


  • Anonymous

    who knew that Paula D had such a past? Im shocked by her history, and the hardships she endured getting where she got. Who knew she got where she is with pure determination and not via a silver spoon... and most amusingly- Go Paula for getting your affairs out of the way, before going famous. Im happy for her that so far her 2nd hubby is way better than the last. Who knew her boys, were mama's boys?... Almost like hte cord has not yet been cut... I guess their family is just really really tight. Lastly, Im so happy that she narrated it herself. Im tickled by the way she says Al-bee-nee georgia, and whats up with the "a" between ya'll and ham... must be a georgia thing. It was good to hear about her visit with President Jimmy Carter.

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  • Lori

    I'd only seen Paula Deans' show once, didn't care for her personality, so never watched her show again, but several friends of mine love her, so I rented this so we could listen to her story. UNREAL! So, now I'm going to watch her show and appreciate her because of what all she has been through and overcame.

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  • Anonymous

    Before reading the book, I had seen every show Paula ever did. Since reading the book, I have not been quite as infatuated. The book, to me, really tarnished her gilding. I suspect that the personna on the "party" shows is closer to the truth, and that was a disappointment.

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