Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible: The New Classic Guide to Delicious Dishes with More Than 300 Recipes

Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible: The New Classic Guide to Delicious Dishes with More Than 300 Recipes


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A definitive guide to Southern cooking and hospitality with 300 recipes, a two-color interior with nearly 100 instructional illustrations, an extensive appendix, 16 pages of gorgeous color photography, and plenty of tips, stories, and Southern history throughout.

Hi, y’all!

This book is my proudest achievement so far, and I just have to tell y’all why I am so excited about it. It’s a book of classic dishes, dedicated to a whole new generation of cooks—for every bride, graduate, and anyone who has a love of a great Southern meal. My family is growing and expanding all the time. We’re blessed with marriages and grandbabies, and so sharing these recipes for honest, down-home dishes feels like passing a generation’s worth of stovetop secrets on to my family, and yours.

I’ve been cooking and eating Southern food my whole life, and I can tell you that every meal you make from this book will be a mouthful of our one-of-akind spirit and traditions. These recipes showcase the diversity and ingenuity of Southern cuisine, from Cajun to Low-Country and beyond, highlighting the deep cultural richness of our gumbos and collards, our barbecues and pies. You may remember a few beloved classics from The Lady & Sons, but nearly all of these recipes are brand-new—and I think you’ll find that they are all mouthwateringly delicious. It is, without a doubt, a true Southern cooking bible.

I sincerely hope that this book will take its place in your kitchen for many years to come, as I know it will in mine. Here’s to happy cooking—and the best part, happy eating, y’all!

Best dishes,
Paula Deen

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416564072
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 10/11/2011
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 259,585
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Paula Deen is the bestselling author of thirteen books and an Emmy Award–winning Food Network television star. She was born and raised in Albany, Georgia. She later moved to Savannah, where she started The Bag Lady catering company. The business took off and evolved into The Lady & Sons restaurant, which is located in Savannah’s historic district and specializes in Southern cooking. She also co-owns Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House with her brother. Paula publishes a bimonthly magazine, Cooking with Paula Deen, and is a regular guest on QVC, where she sells her books and food products.

Melissa Clark is the author of thirty-two cookbooks, including her latest, Cook This Now. She is a New York Times food columnist, and her work has also appeared in Food & Wine, Gilt Taste, and other publications.



I baked my share of quiches back before I opened the restaurant, when I was catering. Everyone adores a rich, eggy pie like this, and I think it's the prettiest thing for a brunch buffet.

Paula's Flaky Piecrust Dough (page 339) or store-bought piecrust
1 large egg white
3 tablespoons shredded Cheddar cheese
3 large eggs
1 ½ cups half-and-half
¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
6 ounces thinly sliced fully cooked country ham, cut into ½-inch-wide strips
1 tablespoon butter, cut into small bits

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Roll the dough out to a 3/8-inch thickness and line a 9-inch pie plate. Line the dough with foil and fill with dried beans or pie weights. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, then remove the foil and beans or weights and bake for 5 to 7 minutes longer.

2. Take the crust out of the oven, but leave the oven on and increase the oven temperature to 375°F. Brush the bottom of the crust with the egg white and sprinkle evenly with the cheese. Return the crust to the oven and bake until lightly browned, 10 to 13 minutes.

3. In a medium bowl, prepare the custard by whisking together the whole eggs, half-and-half, nutmeg, salt, and black pepper.

4. Lay the ham over the bottom of the partially baked crust and carefully pour in the custard.

Dot the top with the butter pieces and return to the oven. Bake until the top of the quiche is puffed up and golden and the middle is almost set, 25 to 35 minutes. Let the quiche cool for at least 15 minutes on the counter. That middle will keep on cooking gently. By the time you cut into it, the quiche should be good and set so that your slices come out nice and clean.


This means partially baking a piecrust before you add your filling. Blind baking ensures that your crust doesn't get all soggy from a liquid filling. The pie weights prevent the crust from puffing up when you bake it. If you don't have pie weights around your house, just use dried beans or uncooked rice on top of the foil to hold that crust in place.

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PierreLeChat More than 1 year ago
It's Paula Deen, so YES, it has fantastic recipes and her wonderful down-home, charming style of sharing her food passion! I was disappointed that there are no pictures though. There are illustrations for techniques, such as properly placing a cooking therometer in a pot. Why are pictures a big deal in recipe books? They bring your imagination to life in a very vivid way that makes you anxious to run to your kitchen and get started right away! And after all, isn't actually cooking the goal of a recipe book? Not convinced yet? Take a look at Rose Levy Birnbaum's Pie and Pastry Bible or her Cake Bible. I dare you to do that and not race to your kitchen to get started baking! Other than the omission of photographs, this book is great, full of wonderful recipes and Paula-ness, and most definitely a keeper for anyone who takes delight in preparing great food.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Things said in the past need to be left in the past. Buying this book is a small gesture of support for Paula and the horrible things that are being done to her for a small lapse in judgment. These companies who made millions of dollars off from her hard work should be ashamed of themselves. Good luck Paula.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Paula did it again! Fabulous recipes that can be trimmed down for those of us who are counting fat, calories, and so on. Or, just enjoy them as Paula intended them to be. Either way, you will find no disappointments!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The guy who said these recipes are loaded with fat must be on a diet. This cookbook has great recipes and I love the personal stories Paula wrote at the beginning of each recipe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book for my daughter for Christmas. I love the recipes in this book. Very simple and easy. Plus I love Paula Dean.
PandaBear625 More than 1 year ago
I am not a huge Paula Deen fan. Her laugh tends to grate my nerves at times. From time to time, though, I do watch her show and have found that I like some of her recipes. This book was given to me as a Christmas present. The day after Christmas I made the buttermilk pancakes and the first words out of my daughters mouth after her first bite was "these are delicious; they are the best pancakes ever!" That says a lot coming from a 13 yr old picky eater. I will definitely try a majority of the other recipes.
Constance_Montebello More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be what it says... the bible of cooking. This book literally changed my life. Now, I too recently was diagnosed with diabetes, but I don't attribute this to Southern Cooking, that is just blasphemy. Southern Cooking is the proper way to live.  I loved the passion, the humor, the words that say "I love food".  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have several Paula Deen cookbooks and love them all. I like anything Paula Deen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good recipes, Good directions and good results!
Mamaoffour More than 1 year ago
I have 4 other Paula Deen cookbooks. There seems to be some overlapping of recipes from my previous collection, but if this is your first Paula cookbook, you can't go wrong. And if you are a Paula collector, you won't mind a few duplicates. SHE'S STILL GREAT!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is definitely worth purchasing!!!
cstroz More than 1 year ago
I love Paula and this book is just terrific. Sometimes you buy cookbooks (like me) because you just love them and collect them, but when you get home, and page thru them, you find that you really only would realistically make a handful of their recipes. Not true with this one. I "bookmarked" almost 3/4 of the recipes- or more. Her recipes come out well 98% of the time. Cudos, Paula. I just wish you were living with me in my home instead of yours. And cooking for me, of course.
barnum More than 1 year ago
I bought this book the day Paula was scheduled in Tyler Texas for a book signing. I collect cookbooks and have always made it a #1 priority to buy books with pictures because they are so mouth watering. This new book of hers needs no pics. This is such a user friendly book and easy recipes for people who don't have a lot of time in the kitchen. This is such a well thought out book, Thank You Paula Deen, for a wonderful addition to my collection. (My Favorite Meatloaf) wonderful flavor. Happy Cooking, now go buy it!!!
duckhunter34 More than 1 year ago
This book is the best cookbook I have ever owned. It is full of hundreds of good and easy to make recipes. A MUST BUY!!!!!!!
HurayHuray More than 1 year ago
I got this book to support Paula Deen with no intention of following her recipes. Then I opened it up and went over it and found it to be a wealth of tasty easy to follow recipes with very helpful cooking tips. I love this book! PS: I wish I could say I'm boycotting her harsh critics like Walmart, Target, JC Penney, or the Food Network, but I never liked to patronized them anyway.
4cupsover More than 1 year ago
Wish i could afford this book , but single mom of 3 girls keeps me poor . Love u paula . Does she know she can still buy it Used. So no love lost there. Just the next time Paula comes out bring that book and have her sign it again for you. I'm sure Paula will understand. I'm Pro-Paula , I have made cakes from using her recipes. I love the cookbook & I can't wait to buy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is full of tasty snacks for you and your whole family
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Vote for rand paul upcoming election! You wont be sorry! I promise!!!
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