Deen Brothers branch out from mom's cooking shadow

Tue Nov 3, 2009 12:07pm EST
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By Richard Leong

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Jamie and Bobby Deen have followed in the footsteps of their mother, television cooking personality Paula Deen, and launched their third cookbook.

The Lady & Sons, a restaurant the trio opened more than 13 years ago in Savannah Georgia, has become a hot spot to grab a taste of traditional Southern dishes like fried chicken, shrimp and grits and macaroni and cheeses.

Like their mom, the two brothers have had their own television shows and cookbooks. Their latest book, "Take It Easy," reflects their versions of quick, easy family dining.

The brothers -- Jamie, 41 and Bobby, 39 -- spoke to Reuters about their love of Southern food and their celebrity mother.

Q: What do you want people to take away from your book?

A: Jamie: "We are not doing anything that's super-labor intensive or many-stop shopping. People like us because we're like them. Normal people have busy lives. This book contains recipes that are quick, easy and people will love. We are everyday guys cooking for everyday people."

Q: Why is cooking at home so important?

A: Bobby: "Our mom said the kitchen is the heart of the home. Really great things happen when a meal is being prepared - lots of great conversation, lots of fun."   Continued...

<p>An undated picture of Jamie and Bobby Deen from the book, "The Deen Bros Take It Easey" REUTERS/Robert Jacobs/Handout</p>