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Paula Deen

Jul 13 2009

Paula Deen would be so proud!

by Amanda L

If you know anything about Paula Deen, you know she likes butter.  I have to confess that I like to have butter on a variety of dishes too.  Butter has been around forever. In fact, it is said to have been around two thousand years before Christ. As all good things, it was discovered by mistake when people were collecting a variety of milks and kept stirring the liquids which turned into what we know today as butter.

I discovered a great website devoted to butter. The website is interestingly enough called Butter through the Ages. The site is part of WebExhibits an interactive online non-profit museum.

Butter was the only food that the United States Congress defined before the creation of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938 . Did you know that it takes 21 pounds of cows milk to make a pound of butter? The site includes a lot of interesting facts including the history, how it’s made, how to cook with it, and the composition of it .

The library of course has books on butter and a variety of Paula Deen’s cookbooks. Here is a sampling of books we have on butter:


The Great Big Butter Cookbook: because everything is better with butter



What Einstein told his Cook


On Food and Cooking: the science and lore of the kitchen


Paula Deen’s books


Nov 7 2007

A bite of the Peach State

by Heather O

Peach It’s not crazy to say that one of the things that Georgia is known for is the food. We are the “Peach State” but we also grow peanuts, pecans and poultry in abundance. We are the home of Waffle House and Coca-Cola. We have restaurants associated with Gladys Knight, Emeril, and Ashton Kutcher.

Georgia also boasts serious coverage on the Food Network; ubiquitous Savannah chef Paula Deen shows viewers the tasty evil of Southern food. Alton Brown wears many hats in the food world: from Iron Chef America Commentator, riding a motorbike around America discovering hidden culinary gems, or on his classic science meets pop culture show “Good Eats”.

Still publishing cookbooks, Nathalie Dupree visited many television viewers spreading the gospel of Southern cooking when the only food networks were public broadcasting. In Decatur, Watershed chef Scott Peacock published The Gift of Southern Cooking with his mentor the late Edna Lewis, one of the early masters of Southern cuisine.

Other Georgia Cookbooks found in your library:

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Agnes & Muriel’s Cafe Cookbook– Easy comfort food from the midtown Atlanta restaurant.

Atlanta Cooks – Recipes from the chefs, bakers, and pastry chefs from restaurants such as Bacchanalia, Food 101, Canoe, and the Sweet Auburn Bread Company.

Atlanta Cooks at Home – More recipes from local chefs of Rathbun’s, Shaun’s, Sala, Woodfire Grill, and Joel.

“I’m Just Here for the Food: Food + Heath = Cooking” – Alton Brown’s book where he is one part Mr. Wizard and one part Emeril, making cooking and science fun!

Nathalie Dupree’s Southern Memories: Recipes and Reminiscences – Some recipes, some culture, and a lot of Southern style.

Paula Deen: It Ain’t All About the Cookin’ – Only the most recent book by the prolific Paula Deen, also look for “Lady and Sons” cookbooks.

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