Fans Still Support Paula Deen, Bringing Her Cookbooks to No. 1 on Amazon.com

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Deen's cancelled cookbook was going to offer healthier recipes unlike the majority of dishes she has made throughout her life.
During the afternoon of Friday, June 28, Paula Deen's upcoming cookbook, Paula Deen's New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes All Lightened Up, to be available in October, was No. 1 on Amazon.com in the Best Sellers in Books section, followed by her previous cookbook, Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible, and her son, Bobby Deen's recent cookbook, From Mama's Table to Mine, even saw a 553 percent increase in sales, bringing his cookbook to number 14.

Unlike most of her recipes, Deen's new cookbook was to offer healthy and lighter dishes in the wake of her dietary and health changes. It wasn't supposed to be another cookbook filled with fried foods, sugar-laden desserts and carb-heavy meals; Deen was turning another leaf and offering something like her son Bobby Deen was offering.

Devotees and fans of Deen banded together to show their support for her, even though she lost sponsorship deals with Food Network, Smithfield Foods, Wal-Mart, Caesars Entertainment Corporation, QVC, Home Deport, Target, Sears, KMart, J.C. Penney and diabetes drug maker Novo Nordisk.

However, if you try to pre-order her new cookbook (which is ironically titled Paula Deen's New Testament) on Amazon.com today, you won't be able to do so. Ballantine Books made the decision to cancel Deen's new cookbook on June 28.

CNN reported that Deen's publisher chose not to publish her book after the recent incident in which Deen "admitted to using racially charged language."

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You can't purchase the cancelled cookbook, but it is still No. 1 on the Hot New Releases in Cookbooks, Food & Wine.

While you can't purchase Deen's cookbook anymore -- the price isn't even listed on Amazon.com -- you can see the image for the book, but can't click it, and can still purchase her previous books and cookbooks. In fact, so many supporters have shown how much they care for Deen that her Southern Cooking Bible cookbook is No. 1 on the Amazon.com Best Sellers list.

One commenter says,

"I don't normally buy items for a political statement but this time I have. Paula has freedom of speech and I have the power of the buck. Today I bought this book AND a box of Cheerios (in support of their ad that contains a mixed race marriage). Time for America to grow up beyond the age of ten years old, get over the political correctness crap and get on with life."

Another commenter titled its review "Waiting for her to self-publish" and said:

"I'm glad Paula is putting out a 'lite', lower-carb, healthier version of her recipes. And calling it a 'New Testament' shows Southern Protestant people having a healthy sense of humor.

"I'll buy her book through Amazon - if she self-publishes it. I don't want to support the big publishers who are not supporting her against this ridiculous witchhunt."


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The Southern Cooking Bible is still No. 1 on the Amazon.com Best Sellers in Books list.

Just about every single commenter on her Southern Cooking Bible cookbook has purchased the cookbook because they want to show their support for Deen; they are outraged at the response by her publishers and sponsors. The majority of the commenters and reviewers discuss issues about hypocrisy, forgiveness, political correctness and how it has made them support Deen and turn away from the sponsors and publishers that removed themselves from her.

While one may think this is the complete and total end of Paula Deen and that one will never see her in a cooking setting ever again, the response from her supporters argues otherwise.


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conebaby
conebaby topcommenter

Somewhere--between the Paula Deen apologists, and those calling for her head--is an actual discussion about race in America.

ball_go_far
ball_go_far

Racism should never be tolerated, especially for celebrities whose ratings are down.

Mark Newman
Mark Newman

Kyle, slavery and racism were part of US history. No doubt. But why must Paula Dean pay for that? Haven't you ever said something ugly to someone? What's the statute of limitations on bad words for goodness sake.

Kyle Jack
Kyle Jack

The N word wasn't okay to say 20 years ago, and there was a lot of racism that was much more recent. I suggest you read up on the allegations.

Kyle Jack
Kyle Jack

Yes, we still have a statue in a public park called the Spirit of the Confederacy. We should push it into the pond.

Elise Lowe Newman
Elise Lowe Newman

Here in Houston, we used to have the Confederate House restaurant that was "plantation style". It is closed now, but was very popular for many years.

Mark Newman
Mark Newman

It's all over-blown hype. As bad as it is, the N-word was likely common when she grew up in the deep South. That she said it 20 years ago, and in her testimony then said she 'doesn't say that anymore', is OK. I mean, look at what kind of awful stuff Bill Maher has said in just the last 4 years. And he's not getting fired by anyone. She doesn't deserve what she's getting.

Kim Hogstrom
Kim Hogstrom

While many sponsors have dropped her, Royal Caribbean said that the annual "Paula Deen Cruise" is selling so well that they’re adding another one. The rep said that spaces are limited, although there are still plenty of cots available in the blacks-only lower deck.

etee56
etee56

They thought it was the end of Robert Irvine too, after FN cancelled his show. Same for Dog, the Bounty Hunter after his rant to his son was publicized. I suspect Ms. Deen will make a return, and I for one will be watching (and ordering her cookbooks.)

Koree Smith
Koree Smith

Also, Americans love the SHIT out of a sale, and ALL of her stuff is on fire sale...

Kyle Jack
Kyle Jack

Summary: Paula Deen, while planning her brother's wedding in 2007, was asked what look the wedding should have. She replied, "I want a true southern plantation-style wedding." When asked what type of uniforms the servers should wear, Paula stated, "well what I would really like is a bunch of little n*ggers to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties, you know in the Shirley Temple days, they used to tap dance around; Black staff had to use the back entrance to enter and leave restaurant; Black staff could only use one bathroom; Black staff couldn’t work the front of the restaurants; Brother Bubba stated his wishes: “ I wish I could put all those n*ggers in the kitchen on a boat to Africa”; Bubba asked a black driver and security guard "don’t you wish you could rub all the black off you and be like me? You just look dirty; I bet you wish you could." The guy told Bubba he was fine as is; Bubba on President Obama: they should send him to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, so he could n*gger-rig it; He shook an employee (Black again) and said” F your civil rights…you work for me and my sister Paula Deen; Paula’s son Jaime's best friend managed the Lady & Sons restaurant. He threatened to fire all the 'Monkeys' in the kitchen. When Paula found out…she slapped him on the wrist and suggested that the employee visited Paula's $13,000,000 mansion so he felt special and could be massaged. http://www.blacklegalissues.com/Article_Details.aspx?artclid=7dfdbe0461

Joshua Justice
Joshua Justice

Those are the same people who can't muster the will power to pass on their 8th moon pie of the morning....their judgement isn't the best.

Anse
Anse

I tend to agree with Jesse Jackson, who recently said that Paula Deen does not deserve to be made a "sacrificial lamb" in pursuit of racial justice. How many white Southerners of her generation have NOT used such language? A small minority, I'll warrant. And yet I still can't get my head around some of what she has said about Southern culture before the Civil War. I believe she said something like, 'black people were a part of our lives back then...' There's a cluelessness to the severity of the injustices propogated by the old racism that is common among Southern whites and that needs correction.

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