I am a member of The Kitchen Reader – an on-line book club. We don’t discuss the books like a regular book club, we just review them for you – Reader – so you can decide whether or not you want to read the book. So far we have read

    David Lebovitz’ The Sweet Life in Paris
    Julie Powell’s Julie and Julia
    Steven Gdula’s The Warmest Room in the House
    Deborah Madison’s and Patrick McFarlin’s What We Eat When We Eat Alone

This month’s book was Paula Deen’s Autobiography.

Confession!! I had to try three times to actually read the book. The first two times I started and just could not read it. The third time was, as they say, the charm. I just decided I HAD to read it. Now I’ve finished it and I don’t know if I liked it or even enjoyed it. Admittedly, I am NOT a big Paula fan. Love her recipes but I just cannot listen to her. I know, I know. But just not my thing.

Anyway…. her life story was intriguing and very inspirational. Talk about coming from just about nothing to just about everything. From Cheerleader and Prom Queen to The Bag Lady and then, eventually The Lady and Sons owner. Quite a story.

If it was so intriguing and so inspirational why did I have so much trouble reading/liking/enjoying the book. The chit-chat writing form. Just too much of the Southern dialect for me. I am from the Deep South, Y’all. My drawl is not nearly as deep as Paula’s and I just could not get past all the colloquielisms. Too Much. And in some cases Too Much information, even tho’ she said she would hold nothin’ back. If you are a Paula fan, you will probably like this book. If you ain’t, well, then y’all probably won’t.

The bright spot of this book (for me) was the 15 recipes – one at the end of each chapter. And they are good ones too:

    Chocolate Dippy or Sugar Coated Donuts
    Courage Chili
    Baked Savannah Alaska
    My Best Ham Salad Sandwich
    Beef Stroganoff
    Sexy Oxtails
    Grandmomma’s Fried and Steamed Chicken
    Biscuits and Sawmill Gravy
    Shaggy Man Split Pea Soup
    Georgia Cracker Salad
    Mrs. Groover’s Banana Nut Delight Cake
    The Best Damn Blueberry Muffins You ever Ate.
    Mrs. Dull’s Tomato Aspic Funeral Food Dish
    Pan Fried Corn
    Uncle Bubba’s Crab and Shrimp Au Gratin