Paula Deen Cookbook Junked by Random House Despite Demand

Monday, 01 Jul 2013 01:37 PM

By Alexandra Ward

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The fallout from the Paula Deen N-word scandal continues as the celebrity chef's publisher Random House announced it was junking the upcoming publication of her cookbook despite the fact that it is No. 1 in preorders.

Preorders boosted "Paula Deen's New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes, All Lightened Up" to the No. 1 spot but Ballantine Books, a division of Random House, said on Friday it would not be publishing the cookbook in October, as previously scheduled.

"After careful consideration, Ballantine Books has made the difficult decision to cancel the publication of 'Paula Deen’s New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes, All Lightened Up,'" the publisher said in a statement Friday.

Special: Should Gay Marriage Be Legal? Vote in Urgent Poll.

Deen has published 14 cookbooks, starting in 1998 with "The Lady and Sons Savannah Country Cookbook." Together, they have sold more than 8 million copies, according to The New York Times.

Deen's empire crumbled around her after the 66-year-old admitted in a lawsuit deposition filed at the end of last month to using the N-word before in the past. The suit was brought by a former employee at one of Deen's restaurants who alleged discrimination.

"Inappropriate, hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable," Deen said in a video apology last week. "I've made plenty of mistakes along the way but I beg you, my children, my team, my fans, my partners — I beg for your forgiveness."

Since then, the Food Network, Smithfield Foods, Walmart, Target, Caesars Entertainment, QVC, and the pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk have all either suspended their professional relationships or cut ties with Deen altogether.

Experts say Deen's career is unlikely to recover from the controversy.

Editor's Note: Get the Navy SEALs Cap – Celebrate Our Heroes

"Paula Deen will survive but she will never be whole again,"'s vice chairman Howard Bragman told USA Today. "She will never make as much money, she will never have the respect that she once had, there are people that will never be in business with her again."

Related stories:

Jimmy Carter: Public Should Forgive Paula Deen

Paula Deen's 'Today' Appearance Ends in Tears

Diabetes Drug Maker Novo Nordisk Latest To Dump Paula Deen

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Incubus: Island Records Signs Band, Will Release Two EPs in 2015

Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 20:08 PM

The alternative rock band Incubus has signed with Island Records, and will put out two EPs next year, Billboard reported . . .

Squarespace Workers Re-Create Famous Paintings Using Office Objects

Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 19:41 PM

Two Squarespace employees are re-creating famous works of art on their breaks with things found lying around the office, . . .

FedEx Truck Accident Spills Likely Christmas Packages Along Interstate

Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 19:21 PM

A FedEx truck crashed in Georgia on Tuesday, spilling boxes, Netflix videos, and probably Christmas gifts along the high . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved