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Paula Deen & Friends: Living It Up, Southern Style
by Paula Deen with Martha Nesbit
Simon & Schuster, 2005
Hardcover, $25.00 (210 pages)
ISBN: 0-7432-6722-2
"Southerners really know how to entertain, and they will find any excuse to share food with loved ones." -- Paula Deen

Anyone who has watched Paula Deen on the Food Network or seen her in action at Lady & Sons, knows that her sparkling personality would be a must-have at a party. So, is it any wonder that a book of her favorite parties would be full of vim and vigor.

For Paula Deen & Friends, this Savannah hostess teamed up with local food writer Martha Nesbit. Together they picked their favorite parties that shows the variety of Southern entertaining. Each party is introduced with anecdotes of those involved, often adding more spice to the recipes.

The parties include: Paula's Birthday Bash; A Bridge Club Supper; New Year's Day Soup Lunch for the Neighbors; A Cooking Shower; A Georgia Bulldawg Parking Lot Tailgate; Keen-ager Casserole Luncheon; The Boss Comes to Dinner; Comfort Food; A Teenager's Slumber Party; The Cookie Swap; Hunt Lunch in the Field; A Working Lunch; The Saturday Night Grill Party; A Weekend Campout; A BIG Cock-tail Buffet for Out-of-Town Wedding Guests; A Christening Brunch; Run for the Roses; A Week at the Lake with the Kids; A Family Shabbat Dinner; An Ice Cream Social; and Just Drinks.

The mouth-watering recipes will have you calling friends for a gathering this weekend. Paula Deen has started a cooking school at Lady & Sons, so you will want to plan ahead for your next trip to Savannah. That could be a friends gathering at Paula's!


Joyce Dixon
Southern Scribe Reviews


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