The self-described queen of southern cooking, Paula Deen, delighted fans in Nashville, Tennessee during a recent book signing of her latest cookbook, Paula Deen Cuts the Fat.
Over 200 admirers filled the Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt University bookstore’s event space to attend the signing and meet the celebrity chef and recent contestant on television’s hit show, ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ “Paula signed every single book and took a photo with every fan that came to our store,” says Store Manager Beth Cain, who also facilitated another book signing with Deen the day before, selling over a hundred additional books. “She was delightful and so personable. She made us all feel like the only person in the room.”
In attendance for the event was C.J. Miller, who had Deen autograph his arm with the intention of going directly to a tattoo parlor to commemorate meeting of his favorite chef. “I’ve been a fan of hers for as long as I can remember,” says Miller, who credits Deen with inspiring him to become a chef.
The culinary icon is a self-made success story who learned the secrets of southern cooking from her grandmother. Her successful career began with her first catering business, The Bag Lady, which led to the opening of her first restaurant, The Lady and Sons, in collaboration with her sons Bobby and Jamie five years later. In addition to her success on television and popular restaurants, Deen is a two-time Emmy award winner and the author of 14 cookbooks that have sold more than 11,000,000 copies. Paula’s magazine Cooking with Paula Deen celebrates its 10th year and has over 3 million readers.