Paula Deen has had some ups and downs lately. The queen of good old-fashioned "clog your arteries" cooking, she has become synonymous with oversized helpings of macaroni and cheese, and pie so deep you can swim in it. Her five cookbooks have become best-sellers, her restaurant, "Lady & Sons", has had to expand twice and has spawned a spin-off restaurant, and she recently launched a line of desserts available exclusively at Wal-Mart, as well as a line of furniture and home accessories. On top of that, she has been featured on multiple cooking shows, and has hosted three of her own shows for the Food Network. She is also the recipient of a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lifestyle Host. For most of middle America, she is the woman to watch when it comes to cooking shows, and her almost meteoric rise over the course of the last 15 years can attest to the fact that her recipes are definitely popular. They are also very high in fat, salt, and sugar, unfortunately, and she has been the subject of a great deal of criticism because of this. Her children's cookbook, "Lunch-Box Set" was especially maligned, as many children are currently wrestling with issues of obesity, and the recipes in the book were said to perpetuate these issues, rather than address them. It came as no surprise for many, when, in January 2012, she revealed that she had been suffering from Type 2 Diabetes since 2009. Though her recipes may be suspect, there is no denying that her popularity has allowed her to amass a small fortune. Her palatial Savannah, Georgia home, the location of some of her cooking shows, is a large reminder that fatty food can get you quite far in life.
The 4,800 square foot four-bedroom, four and a half bath house features a large front porch, high ceilings, lots of light provided by floor to ceiling windows, a simply massive kitchen, beautifully appointed bedrooms, and open, airy bathrooms. The décor is quite homey and cozy feeling, and has the same feel as many of Ms. Deen's recipes – rich and sweet. As she weathers the publicity storm that has dogged her since the revelation of the condition of her health, it will be interesting to see how her cooking shows, and her reputation, change over the next year.
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