This cookbook has a copyright of 1997. I received this book as a Christmas present from my mom several years ago. I have never cooked from this book before.
I'll admit. I'm a Paula fan...with limits. Some of her TV shows I'm not so fond of (The shows with the live audiences leave me cold). Most of her shows make me want to sit at her table and have her cook for me. Rib sticking food. Comfort food. Food that you come home to after a very long tough day at work. When I think Paula I tend to think "heavy" food. Perfect for winter.
Standard chapters (Appetizers, Main Courses, Desserts). Two pages of cooking tips. An introduction by the author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. No photos.
The recipes seem very straightforward.
If you are put off by real butter, cream, sugar, white flour and did I mention butter? This probably isn't the book for you. No real out there ingredients. Now for purists, Paula does use some pre-packaged foods...chipped beef in a jar, canned soups, packaged stuffing mix. And did I mention butter, cream, cheese, etc. If you are looking for stories from Paula, there aren't any in this book.
I'm not Southern so I have no idea if the recipes are real southern food, but I'd be willing to guess they come close. You'll find things like Turnip Greens with Cornmeal Dumplings, Georgia Cracker Salad or Piggy Pudding. There are many recipes that I'd like to try out...Pimento Cheese, Avocado Chicken Salad, Cheeseburger Meatloaf, Vidalia Onion Pie, Mashed Potatoes with Sauteed Mushrooms, Bubba's Beer Biscuits, Grandmother Paul's Sour Cream Pound Cake, Butter Fingers, Peach Cobbler..yeah the list goes on.
One of the things that I found amusing is that when I read a recipe in this book, I hear Paula's voice. It's so distinctive it's like she's telling me what to do!