One of the nicest people you’ll ever meet is Paula Deen. Deen signed numerous copies of her newest cookbook, “Paula Deen Cuts the Fat” at the Carrollwood Barnes & Noble in Tampa from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. today. Deen, cheerful and smiling, chatted with everyone and graciously took photos with everyone in line. Deen’s new cookbook with award-winning food writer Melissa Clark contains 250 favorite recipes “All Lightened Up.”
While Deen signed books, Pam Smith’s sister turned heads at Barnes & Noble. “Take a look at her picture. She was getting second looks at the book store. Last year when we went to Savannah we were hoping to run into Paula Deen. Thanks for visiting Tampa, Paula Deen, ” Smith emailed. Smith also came with her husband, Roland.
Deen’s fans say she is an inspiration to them, not only in the kitchen, but also for overcoming the challenges early in her life and during her cooking career. After a diabetes diagnosis, the disease was a setback, but also a blessing for the popular and beloved Queen of Southern Cooking, author and television star. Deen started to cook healthier, making small changes in her recipes and felt healthier. She also slimmed down and lost 40 pounds.
The new cookbook ($29.95) is a result of the healthier changes in Deen’s life and comfort food cooking. Deen writes she is thrilled to share her lighter recipes to recreate the Southern meals she is famous for– but with less butter, salt and sugar.