Deen's No. 1 Cookbook? Now Publisher Won't Print It
Ballantine Books canceling publication
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2013 5:09 PM CDT
Paula Deen gets dumped by Ballantine Books.   (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

(Newser) – Just when you thought there were no more blows left to be dealt to Paula Deen comes this pretty painful one: NBC News reports that company No. 11 is severing ties. Random House imprint Ballantine Books won't go ahead with a planned printing of her new cookbook. Adding to the ouch: The cookbook in question is Paula Deen’s New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes, All Lightened Up—that's right, the one that shot to No. 1 on Amazon thanks to an avalanche of pre-orders in the wake of her n-word scandal. It was set to come out in October as the first book in a five-book deal, and Deen's agent says the whole deal is kaput.

Publishers Weekly reports that Random House said in a short statement that the decision came "after careful consideration." Deen's agent expressed confidence in the book's eventual prospects and wagged a finger at the publisher: "We have gotten reachouts from other major customers in the book industry today offering support. ... I am sorely disappointed in the behavior of Random House for obvious reasons, and other reasons that will become apparent." The AP notes that since all purchases had been pre-orders, no refunds are necessary.

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Jul 23, 2013 6:33 AM CDT
There will publishers lining up. It will be a best seller.
Jul 3, 2013 2:29 PM CDT
We make mistakes and say things that we wish we hadn't but this lady is not a criminal and why she is being treated so severely is absolutely mind boggling. Truthfully we have others every day with similar celebrity status who are far worse not to mention some politicians. This lady does not deserve this. Let the punishment fit the crime.... but what crime? She said a racial slur and who of us hasn't said something at the most inopportune time. We are human and so is she. The Food Network and Walmart and Sears and all those other cowards who would ditch this lady for this should look to their own empires. I feel so bad for her. I know she won't starve but that is not the point.... she is a person and not a criminal... where is the heart in this situation.
Jul 1, 2013 5:38 PM CDT
Poor lady. I was never a great fan of Paula Dean but what the media done to her is just appalling. I believe that the media is going after anything and everything to destruct the public from the real issues affecting our country and the failed policies of our great leader's inability to lead the country.