This book starts off with some great introductions. The forward is written by Paula Deen. From this I found that the Neelys were discovered by Paula’s Sons. During their brief stint on the show Road Tasted the Deen boys came across the Neelys. They told their mom and after a single episode of Paula’s Party their new TV career was started and the rest is history.
This book includes great quotes and tips from both Pat and Gina. Their personalities shine through in each chapter and really adds to the book. Pat and Gina also include recipes and stories from their family members. This includes grilling and barbecuing tips from Pat’s brother Tony. Tony has excellent tips on how to start a smoker and how to cook on an offset fire.
Since the Neelys know barbecue, the book is centered around barbecue. I see nothing wrong with this. I love barbecue so this totally sparked my interest in this book. The book starts out with Neelys barbecue seasoning and barbecue sauce. These recipes are then used as a base for most of the barbecue recipes. The sauce is a sweet Memphis tomato based barbecue sauce that sounds awesome. I am going to make this sauce this week.
The book is not all barbecue. There is also great recipes for everything from coconut shrimp with spicy peanut sauce to corn chowder to chicken and noodles. There are also great southern recipes like fried chicken, creamed corn, seared okra and tomatoes, Gina’s collard greens and barbecue spaghetti. I have had some great barbecue spaghetti in my days and the one in this book sounds delicious.
Overall this a great book. I must admit that my initial thoughts on this book were completely wrong. The recipes are great and are easy to read. The food is not complicated and the recipes use basic ingredients. This is a book for common cooks with normal food budgets.