Paula Deen Makes PCRM's Worst Cookbooks of 2011 List

The Physicians Committee
NEWS RELEASE January 13, 2012
Paula Deen Makes PCRM's Worst Cookbooks of 2011 List

Fat-Loaded Recipes from Paula Deen, Jamie Oliver, Guy Fieri Among Worst Offenders

WASHINGTON—Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible, chock-full of high-fat recipes that can raise your risk for obesity, heart disease, and diabetes, has been named one of the five worst cookbooks of 2011, in a report released by the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). Deen’s cookbook includes nutrition bombs such as Hot Buffalo Wings: A single serving of three wings contains 910 calories and 85 grams of fat.

Also on PCRM’s list this year are cookbooks by Food Network chefs Jamie Oliver, Guy Fieri, and Patrick and Gina Neely, plus a compendium of recipes from Cook’s Illustrated magazine.

“The high-fat meals in these cookbooks are real recipes for disaster,” says Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., PCRM’s nutrition education director. “It’s scary that despite all that we know about the close link between high-fat foods and obesity and diabetes, cooks like Paula Deen continue to tout unhealthy meals. The real key to healthful eating is moving away from high-fat, meaty meals that increase the risk of these diseases.”

One serving of the Meatball Sandwich in Jamie Oliver’s book contains 1,182 calories, 47 grams of fat (including 18.5 grams of saturated fat), 185 milligrams of cholesterol, and 2,352 milligrams of sodium, according to a nutritional analysis based on estimates by PCRM dietitians. Fieri’s recipes include the Jambalaya Sandwich, loaded with bacon, pork butt or pork loin, smoked sausage, Andouille sausage, chicken thighs, and Havarti cheese. Deen, who made it into PCRM’s Worst Cookbooks of the Decade list two years ago, offers recipes like Burgoo—a stew that calls for 3 pounds of chicken, 2 pounds of beef, and 2 pounds of lamb.

The Five Worst Cookbooks of 2011 are:

Jamie Oliver’s Meals in Minutes One serving of the Meatball Sandwich contains more fat than a Big Mac and more than double the calories, cholesterol, sodium, and saturated fat.
Guy Fieri Food Jambalaya Sandwich contains bacon, smoked sausage, and Andouille sausage; such processed meats raise colon cancer risk.
Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible One serving of Hot Buffalo Wings (three wings) contains 910 calories and 85 grams of fat; meat-heavy diets raise obesity risk.
The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook More than 50 pages of recipes featuring grilled meat, which increases cancer risk.
The Neelys’ Celebration Cookbook Bourbon Bread Pudding is saturated with butter, half-and-half, and whole milk; high-fat diets increase heart-disease risk.

For a copy of the full report or to speak with Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., please contact Vaishali Honawar at 202-527-7339 or

Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research.

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