Bobby Dean Interview/Review: From Mama’s Table to Mine

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A belle had a ball at the Atlanta History Center (AHC) last night chatting with New York Times Best Selling Author/TV cook, Bobby Deen. If you are an avid cook and love to watch Food Network and the Cooking Channel, then you know some of the most fun/amazing cooks are chopping it up on TV and sharing their talents in cookbooks.

Bobby’s new solo book is From Mama’s Table to Mine. Simply, it’s a beautiful calorie conscious cookbook filled with fab photography and tips to lighten up Southern classics that are all 350 calories or less per serving.

“Live your life and enjoy it! You never know what may happen.” –Bobby Deen

If you’ve been living under a cold wet rock and have no clue as to who Mr. Deen is, well shame on you! He’s one of the very handsome sons of (in my head) America’s cute/sweet Southern grandma, Paula Deen! Bobby came to the AHC to give a lecture on not only his book, but life, health, family, and being humble.

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“I didn’t want to muddy the waters with this cookbook… I wanted to make it simple.”–Bobby Deen

We had the opportunity to do a phone interview with Deen prior to heading to the AHC. Deen is so full of energy and didn’t skimp on the fun either. He is absolutely hilarious! Check out our brief interview below.

Any challenges/fears while writing this book? I had a lot of help from amazing people who are smarter than me that helped get this book together [laughs]. I was scared that people wouldn’t like it because it isn’t traditional Southern food. From Mama’s Table to Mine is simply a book that highlights many foods I love–it’s Southern food that’s lightened up, but still has all of the flavor you expect. What’s your fondest memory in the kitchen? I can remember having breakfast at night. Mama would cook that for Jamie and I and we always loved it. One of your favorite foods? My mama’s fried green tomatoes and fried chicken. I can’t resist them!

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Bobby mentioned that there are some foods you just can’t lighten up–with fried green tomatoes topping the list! There were tasty bites that were prepared by The Viking School (from Deen’s cookbook) for guest to nibble on while they waited to be seated. I’m not a seafood person, but the sis LOVED this pickled shrimp dish with black eye pea salad below. The white chocolate-peppermint popcorn balls are divine. They had a slight minty flavor and weren’t overly sweet, which is always good in my book. Take a look:

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After asking, Bobby told us that we could come to Brooklyn to cook with him. How exciting is that! If it comes to pass, you best believe that you’ll be one of the 1st to know. Now, I’ll leave you with some of Bobby’s wisdom.

Photo: Bobby Deen is a hoot! TRUE Southern gent!

Bobby Deen’s Truth Straight from his Mouth:

1. Nobody starts off on top! If you want to start a business, make sure you are passionate about it. Don’t think that your success will happen overnight because no one ever does that. It takes time and with any business it takes about 10 years to see the fullness of it.

2. I live by an 80/20 rule. 80% of the time I am strict on what I eat and 20% of the time I eat what I want. Though I do this, I still hit the gym.

3. Not one person came to our first book signing, but now they do. Do not ever give up on your dreams. They will always come true if you believe.

The Atlanta History Center is not only over 30 acres of beautiful history, but it is the place for all types of events. Do check out their site to see what they have going on. Sometimes they even have free events, so follow them on Twitter/Facebook to stay abreast. Before I forget… there is one event that is going on right now at the AHC and is a must-see, but you have to R.S.V.P. to experience it.

Still wondering how/who Bobby Deen is? In short, he’s cooler than the cucumber and loves, loves, LOVES his mama! He is dating a woman he adores and his home is in Savannah. He is hilarious, full of personality and a true Southern gentleman. Go out there and buy From Mama’s Table to Mine, y’all! Stay tuned because we will be giving away this book soon if it comes in the mail from the publishers.

*Special thanks to the always FAB AHC & everyone that assisted in this interview/meeting *

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Style Tips with Stacy London

Our books are signed in our FAVE color! Winning!

*squeals* Last night your fave belles attended another UBER FAB lecture at the Atlanta History Center. With a trying week that has been like a roller coaster ride, Shermika and I looked forward to this night of fun and fashion like nobody’s business. TLC’s “What Not to Wear” fashion guru, Stacy London, came to offer tips, answer questions, sign books, and to uplift those who love style and are learning to love style.

“Style helps you feel better… even when you’re sick. It uplifts your spirits.”–Stacy London

The evening started with a reception where there was plenty of wine, soda, and water to sip, and tasty food to nibble on. While waiting for the lecture, we conversed with our stylish and sweet friends Brandi and LaToya and even met Brandi’s not-twins-but-look-like-twins-sister Brittney (true Southern belles y’all!)!

The room was packed, the people were fashionable, and we were all excited to hear what Ms. London would share. She was funny, informative and oh so stylish. London begin by talking about a skin condition as a child, and how she too, like many of us, had issues with her physical appearance–including her fluctuating weight.

“The best accessory is a Southern accent!”– Stacy London

I cannot wait to read her fab new book. Make sure you pick it up! Don’t worry, I plan on reading it this weekend and will most def share it with you very soon. If you read it, let us know how you liked it!

Wondering what Stacy wore? Well, friends, she had on a dark knee-length dress with pink deers on it (yes, you read right!!) and red pointy heels. She was too cute for words and was so much fun to listen to.

One of London’s tips were: A stylist is there to assist/enhance, not to tell you what to wear without your input. Keep this in mind when getting friends/family to help you with your wardrobe. A belle can’t afford a stylist, but for those of you who can, acknowledge the tip!

Stacy London’s Tips: 

1. Focus on what you can change and not on what you can’t change. She talked about wanting wider eyes, but since she doesn’t have them, she makes them look hot with her makeup!

2. When following trends, keep it basic. Categorize the fashion i.e. textures, colors, prints, etc.

3 . Make a shopping list for clothes like you do for the grocery store. You can get an item once a month, or shop for specialty pieces (little black dress, formal gowns) ahead of time. This will save you a lot of time.

4. Don’t follow fashion rules, make your own.

5. Spend money on quality clothing that is always classic.

6. Invest in a tailor. See a belle’s fashion tips here.

Any fashion tips you’d like to share?

Friends, check out more of the AHC’s lectures here. We hope to see y’all at some of them!