Paula's Home Cooking



Cooking show serves up comfort food with Southern charm.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series celebrates Deen’s Southern heritage and presents cooking as a family activity. Occasional references to Deen's early divorce and some of the challenges she faced when starting her business.

Positive role models

The friendly, upbeat Deen is known for starting her cooking empire from her home during a time when she was facing very difficult personal challenges, as well as for working very closely with her two sons.

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Deen is the owner of The Lady and Sons restaurant, as well as the author of a series of cookbooks. References to both are occasionally made on the show.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Wine and champagne are sometimes served with meals. Alcohol (wine, bourbon, whisky, sherry) is sometimes used in recipes.

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Cast:Bobby Deen, Jamie Deen, Paula Deen
Network:Food Network
Genre:Reality TV
Topics:Science and nature
TV rating:TV-G
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Parent Written byGranny reader March 26, 2012

Granny reader on Paula Deen

I love Paula Deen! Her cooking is quite delightful indeed. I give this 80 thousand stars of rating! Some people are discouraged by her present day diabetes. Well you know what I have to say about that, I HAVE DIABETES TYPE 2! You cant just give up butter, it's addicting. Paula is indeed my idol!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism
Parent Written byCooldee July 12, 2011

Paula Deen is a great cook!

Paula Deen may cook some food items in high calories, fat, sodium, andbutter, but she is still a good cook. She is always happy.
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Great role models
Too much consumerism


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