My Delicious Life with Paula Deen

My Delicious Life with Paula Deen

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Overview

• The highly visible “Mr. Paula Deen”: Michael Groover has his own adoring fans, who have gotten to know him from Paula’s shows, books, and personal appearances. Now, five years into their romantic marriage, fans are clamoring for more about Michael and his everyday life with Paula. Michael has his own line of coffees and is poised to have additional products released soon..

• A compelling life story: Michael will share stories of his life from before and after meeting Paula, from his quintessentially southern childhood to his work as a tugboat captain, raising his children as a single dad, to the pleasures and challenges of marrying one of the nation’s biggest celebrities. .

• Delicious recipes: Michael is pretty good in the kitchen himself, and My Delicious Life with Paula Deen will feature some of his favorites, such as Captain’s Deviled Crabs and Blue Water Banana Pudding. .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476747354
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 05/18/2013
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 783,977
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Michael Groover is a tugboat pilot in Savannah, Georgia, where he lives with his wife, Paula Deen.

Sherry Suib Cohen has written twenty-one books for major publishers and was a contributing editor at McCall's, Rosie, New Woman, and Lifetime magazines. She regularly writes for periodicals, including Parade, Family Circle, Redbook, Reader's Digest, and Ladies' Home Journal. Cohen is an award-winning member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and lives with her husband, Larry, in New York City. She makes a great soup.

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Prologue

Miss Paula Deen came into my life bringin' blue eyes, beamin' smiles, balance, and butter — no end of the butter.

All of those great things arrived in one pretty package and standin' on the most gorgeous legs you ever did see.

But among all the kick-ass gifts that Paula gave me, a beautiful balance was the most life changing. Up until we married, my days were spent on local waters, lonely but livin' and workin' at the job of my dreams as a harbor pilot in Savannah, Georgia. It was a wonderful life and all I ever wanted, all I needed.

I thought.

What I never gave a thought to was seein' the Eiffel Tower, zippin' through a jungle along a sturdy sky-high cable, wonderin' how it was to have people ask me for my autograph, bein' the owner of a classic, bright orange, muscle car, hangin'out with Billy Joel, havin' close friends of every race, religion, and sexual persuasion the good Lord made, marryin' and cookin' on television with one of the most famous television cooks on the planet, and then, goin' home with her and curlin' up in our giant bed for a little inspired romance. Inspired by the cook, I might add. That fabulous, adorable cook.

Paula brought the most vivid colors you can imagine into a happy life of mostly soft ocean blues and cloudy-day grays bordered by sameness. The eggy yellows, steaming reds, hot oranges, peacock blues of the whole world suddenly opened up to me. Fame and fortune and good fellowship came to balance a very quiet life. Nothing has ever been the same again.

There have been some bumps, of course. What couple gets through life without a bump now and then? There were also some pretty damn embarrassin' moments, and I'm thankin' the Lord that, knowin' Paula, there weren't a whole lot more.

So, if you've ever wondered how delicious it is to marry a celebrated but also good, funny, smart, and sassy person whom the whole world loves, climb aboard with me. T here's some interestin' sailin' ahead. Copyright © 2009 by Captain Michael Enterprises, LLC

Foreword

by Paula Deen

Hi y'all,

Listen: I felt like it was my place to introduce the world to my Captain Michael Groover. And, of course, I also felt that maybe I need to do a little groundwork to help prepare y'all for that meetin'.

Michael's not old — he's only fifty-three, but he's a true ol' Southern river boy. Now, ol' Southern river boys may be a little rough around the edges, and so, I want you to be prepared. His language and his jokes may be a little like the water we live on — salty — and he can also be rough and gruff and bawdy at times.

But when times are hard, Michael Groover will make the best friend that y'all could ever hope to have in this world.

I fell in love with this salty sea captain. And I guess you could say the first thing I fell in love with was his sense of humor: very dry and very witty.

Michael Groover made me laugh and he makes me laugh every day of my life. He brought laughter and joy into a personal life that was very sad at the time I met him. I will always love him for that.

So get ready to meet this rough-gruff-on-the-outside man who's a teddy bear on the inside. I think by the time you finish this book, you'll know why I fell in love with Captain Michael and why I will love the man until the day I die. Copyright © 2009 by Captain Michael Enterprises, LLC

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My Delicious Life with Paula Deen 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
lovemydogs More than 1 year ago
I could not put Michael's book down! He is a great story teller and I was hooked from page 1. By the way, I met Michael and Paula at a book signing and they are two of the nicest people I have ever met! Michael and Paula deserve every good blessing that comes their way.
eillen46 More than 1 year ago
Great read. I just love Paula and her husband. I am so happy she found a soul mate as good as Michael.
Jryanvta More than 1 year ago
Capt Michael's book is very funny and gives us a glimpse of what life is like with Ms Paula. Each chapter ends in a recipie. Have made the Bayou Banana Puddin 3 times now, it's a huge hit!
SamIAmSD More than 1 year ago
I cannot tell you how much this book offended me. Not only did it not live up to its description (which promised an intriguing look at the life of a tugboat captain), but Mr. Groover's "lookie how rich we are rich rich rich" is offputting in the extreme. Especially in this recession, where even Ethan Allan is advertising value, the world does not need this oaf prattling on ad nauseum about how they're rolling in the dough. Granted, we've always wanted to know how the other half lives, but we don't want them to be the ones to tell us. It's just tacky. If you like Paula Deen, do not read this book, because it will tarnish your image of her. You will feel like the victim of some crass marketing ploy. This is not a biography--it was just an attempt to make another million. Don't fall for it.
mjmbecky on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While an interesting read, because I love reading about people and their lives, the story and its delivery were a bit jarring. The writer who helped Michael put the autobiography together did a good job of helping us hear Michael, as it felt conversational in a lot of ways, but it was that conversational style that also made it feel awkward. I'm not sure if it was jarring because of the gap between what I knew and thought about the two of them, and what he presented as the truth, or if it was just that the two of them really were as rough around the edges as they said in the opening of the book. Either way, I found the stories of sexual encounters, licentious living, and passing gas to be less entertaining and more distracting from the underlying story of two people who had found one another later in life...and happened to be on television.I really like Paula Deen, and have even seen many of the Food Network specials that have featured Paula and Michael on their wedding day, in Europe, and in the Caribbean. Together, they seemed like the perfect team. She was fiery and loud, he was calm and quiet. She joked around with awkward sexual innuendos, he smiled quietly and looked the other way. Then you read the book, and find that she is just like that in real life, to the point that she sometimes embarrasses Michael. He is also pretty fiery, getting into a couple of near altercations with rude people wanting to cash in on Paula's fame, and up front about his conservative opinions about "Yankees" and gays. He admits to having his eyes opened about good people, of all sorts, and his opinions changing, which is nice. It does seem though, that in a lot of ways that his way of addressing things is grabbing at straws. I got his flavor, and that he is his own man, excited about his bigger than life future with Paula Deen, but I have to say that the delivery was odd. I really wanted to embrace this down-home delivery and life story, but it really had me wanting to read sections out loud to someone to see if they scrunched up their face as often as I did.If you like Paula Deen and Michael, by all means pick up his autobiography to learn more about this unique couple. I would just say that you might learn some things that you wished you hadn't. (You know, it's strangely like catching your mom and dad in bed together. Awkward.) I think that more about HOW they blended their lives together, how they overcame their fears, and less about their strange actions and behaviors that make them so outrageous and lovable to one another would have been much better. Still, read it if you love them, and if you like Michael's voice then you'll enjoy the book.
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