Slideshow: Culinary Icon Paula Deen Promotes Book in Chicagoland

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Culinary icon Paula Deen, Nov. 16, 2015.

CHICAGO – Chicagoland was cooking last month as former Food Network star and culinary icon Paula Deen was at the Old Orchard Barnes & Noble in Skokie, Ill., to promote her new book, “Paula Deen Cuts the Fat: 250 Recipes Lightened Up.“ The queen of southern-style cooking has reworked her popular recipes with ingredients with less calories.

Based in Savannah, Georgia, Paula Deen is a self made success story that began with her first restaurant there, The Bag Lady, and has spread to many restaurant concepts around the South and elsewhere. Her relationship with the Food Network began in 2002 with “Paula’s Home Cooking,” and evolved into other shows based around her recipes. Her contract with the network was not renewed in 2013, due to some controversial racial statements she had used during a legal deposition – but she since has made a comeback, as the Roku streaming service launched the “Paula Deen Channel” in March of 2015, and Ms. Deen also appeared on “Dancing with the Stars” in September.

Photographer Joe Arce of was at her fan meet-and-greet for her book at the Old Orchard Barnes & Noble, and took these Exclusive Portraits. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All photos are © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for

  1. DEEN1: Culinary icon Paula Deen, Nov. 16, 2015.
  2. DEEN2: Paula Deen at her appearance at Old Orchard Barnes & Noble in Skokie, Ill.
  3. DEEN3: Paula Deen shows off her new book of recipes.

“Paula Deen Cuts the Fat: 250 Recipes Lightened Up“ is available at Barnes & Noble, and wherever books are sold. senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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© 2015 Patrick McDonald,

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