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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this cooking show -- which features decadent recipes related to host Paula Deen's Southern heritage -- is positive and upbeat and presents cooking as a family affair/activity. There are occasional references to Deen's divorce, as well as the challenges she faced in building her business and supporting her sons as a single parent. Young kids probably won't be all that interested, but older viewers may be inspired to start cooking after seeing some of the comfort foods featured here.
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What's the story?
PAULA’S HOME COOKING serves up Southern-style food and lots of down-home charm. Emmy Award winning hostess/cook Paula Deen shows viewers how to create decadent recipes that reflect her Southern heritage. She also offers serving and decorating tips to create meals that are both decadent and festive.
Is it any good?
Deen, a former caterer and restaurant owner, guides viewers through recipes that include lots of oil, shortening, butter, cream, sugar, and other rich ingredients -- i.e. the things that are considered staples of Southern cooking. The cheerful cook also shares stories about her life and about her now-adult sons, Jamie and Bobby, who often appear on the show and cook along with her.
The recipes featured here aren’t intended for people who are counting calories and/or watching their cholesterol. But the combination of mouthwatering comfort food, luscious desserts, and Deen’s sunny personality creates a fun, welcoming viewing experience that just may inspire people to start whipping up their own traditional recipes.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about food and traditions. What are some of your family's traditional recipes? Where do they come from? Who prepares them? Are they healthy?
Parents: How can you help your kids balance eating fattening and/or sweet traditional favorites with living a healthy lifestyle?
Deen turned to cooking as a means of starting a business and making money. Can just anyone make this kind of career choice work?
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