From Mama’s Table to Mine

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By Bobby Deen

Well, what can I say, y’all?

I’m a mama’s boy, and I have been since the day I was born. Some of my earliest memories from my childhood include smelling the amazing meals my mama was fixing for dinner. Mama cooked with love and her meals were a reflection of that love.

Growing up into a young adult, though, I tended to take a little too much comfort in all of the comfort food I grew up on. I was a little overweight at the time, and I wasn’t really taking care of myself the way that I should.  I started working out with my friend Sam Carter. He started teaching me about diet and exercise, and in a lot of ways become another brother to me. He opened up a whole new world for me. My new lifestyle became a true passion of mine.

I started making changes in my life, but being a Southern boy with roots as deep as an oak tree, I didn’t want to give up all of the foods from my childhood. It became a fun challenge for me – almost like a game. I started replacing sour cream with greek yogurt and reduced-fat and lower calorie ingredients. You know, it’s a lot easier than most people think it is to cook healthy and easy meals at home without sacrificing those amazing flavors that everyone loves.

You might have seen my TV show, Not My Mama’s Meals on the Cooking Channel. I love sharing my recipe creations with my mom, and with viewers at home too. And that’s why my newest cookbook, From Mama’s Table to Mine, is so important to me and I can’t wait for y’all to see it.

It’s been a labor of love, and I can’t believe it’s finally here. Your families are going to love these dishes, the same way that I loved my mama’s dishes. The best part is that you’re going to feel great knowing that you’re feeding your family meals that are healthy for them too. This book has all of my favorite classic-style recipes, like Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes, a delicious Bittersweet Chocolate Cheesecake, and mouthwatering Crispy Oven-Fried Chicken.

I hope y’all enjoy these recipes as much as I do – from mama’s table to mine…and from my table to yours.

Love,
Bobby

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Just made your broccoli soufflé ...terrific .....trying to watch our carbs so was going through the book to see what was low carb.....just wondering about the doughnut bread pudding...it's saying only 2 g carb....I so want this to be true, but feel pretty sure it's not.....darn! Also, love your mom....we were in New York a couple of years ago when she was on Kelly....she is great! Please tell her we are behind her 100 percent!

By Debi Thayer on July 20, 2013

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I had the pleasure of meeting you and your family at the book signing on Feb 27th 2013. It was so much fun, both waiting outside for 6 hours and getting to see all of you. You are all so genuinely friendly, and personable. I bought your book and am eager to try the recipes, as I have type 2 diabetes also. Thank you, Paula,Michael,Jamie and Jack for taking the time to sign everyone's books and talk to them for a bit. That made mine and my boyfriend's day. May GOD continue to bless the entire family!!! From an admiring fan; Ann

By Ann Emory on March 03, 2013

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My husband is on renal and he had a heart attack in January ,2013 and I am looking for some light cooking for the whole family

By Evelina Mitchell on February 18, 2013

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I will be attending the Bobby deen live in Feb15, Wondering can I buy the book before and still get it signed there or do you have the book for sale there?? TY

By Miriam on February 10, 2013

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I was wondering when we could order signed copies of this cookbook?

By Anonymous on February 06, 2013

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love the table paula would look good on my new patio. so glad you are back. I hope to get there to see you in person one day.i will start tomorrow to find the patern form the tablecloth.
Gladys Rainesl in Savannah Style: A Spring Table for Two on April 13, 2014 at 7:45 pm

I just want to say this I don't even know if is the right page all I ever wanted to say to Paula Deen welcome back I have missed you. You are my favorite home down girls keep your head up and hang on and feel the love. P.S. from a woman of color.
in Chicken Salad: A Southern Staple on April 13, 2014 at 2:55 pm

I just love love love the table and flowers and am so glad that I can still access all of Paula's recipes, her family life, Bobby's lighter versions and Brandon's beautiful work. Truly thankful to see such beautiful tablescapes. You guys are my heros.
Patricia in Savannah Style: A Spring Table for Two on April 13, 2014 at 9:14 am