My love of Paula Deen just keeps growin’. After I saw her at the 92Y, I bought her cookbook and read it cover-to-cover, like a novel. Which is a fitting comparison, because with novels, there’s no expectation that you will re-enact what you just read—I cook so rarely that my New Year’s resolution was to make dinner once this year. (Nailed it!) Also, you can appreciate a novel for the prose and the sassy POV, which is why I loved this:
The best part was, some of the lines were so triumphant and confident and joyful, I thought they’d be fun to say in a conversation—ideally apropos of nothing. Thus I present to you 7 great Paula Deen quotes that also work as conversation starters:
1. Life is too short to wonder where you hid your waffle maker.
2. Sadly, in today’s times, pies are an endangered dessert.
3. I would not want to live in a world without fried pork chops.
4. I have always said that I don’t care for uppity food and I can’t cook it.
5. Most anytime you put two Southern cooks in the same kitchen you will sense a little cordial disagreement.
6. Baking is big in the South—whether it’s a biscuit or a roll, we love something in our hand to put some butter on, or to sop up pot liquor.
7. Then there’s ham. Hallelujah!