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Paula Deen Reflects On Her Long Road to TV Chef Stardom (VIDEO)

by Stephanie Opella, posted Nov 14th 2011 6:45PM
Paula Deen has come a long way since her lunch delivery service in Savannah, Georgia. She sat down with 'Early' (weekdays, 7AM ET on CBS) to talk about her career and new book called 'Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible.' Their first stop was Paula's restaurant, The Lady and Sons in Savannah. "It's my hope that when people sit down at these tables, they feel like they have slipped their feet back under their grandmother's table," Deen explained.

Lately, Deen has been getting some backlash for the high fat and salt content of her food. Earlier this year, chef and host of 'No Reservations' Anthony Bourdain said she was, "the most dangerous person to America." Rather than alter her recipes, Deen has advocated moderation in the frequency of eating southern cooking. "I don't do it seven days a week, but when I do, I do it," she said with a smile.

And Deen has a lot to smile about. Not only does she have her Food Network show "Paula's Home Cooking,' she also has a line of cookware, furniture and even a new clothing line. Rocking in a chair on her porch, she noted, "I sit here before you as living proof that the American Dream does still exist."

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German Ramirez

I love this woman, I think shes great.

November 15 2011 at 8:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

She was a great lady, but all the fame has gone to her head, sooo sad.

November 15 2011 at 5:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

She's already obese but will probably have a heart attack before she gets morbidly obese.

November 14 2011 at 11:54 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I'm not personally a fan of Deen's food, but she has a point. Nearly everything you eat is bad for you if not eaten in moderation. Besides, Anthony Bourdain is an insufferable a$$.

November 14 2011 at 8:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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