While Paula Deen has been dropped by the Food Network and Smithfield Hams, fans still are clamoring to buy the celebrity chef’s forthcoming cookbook.
Paula Deen’s New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes, All Lightened Up, slated for an October release, has skyrocketed up the Amazon.com sales chart from in the 1,500s on Monday to No. 18 on Wednesday. And that’s among all books.
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Among the site’s “diet” and “regional” cookbook lists, New Testament is ranked No. 1.
Deen has been in the hot seat this summer after admitting in a deposition that she had used "the n-word” in the past. Deen and her brother Bubba Hiers are facing a lawsuit from a former employer, who alleges that the duo provided hostile work conditions and used racial slurs in their Savannah, Ga., restaurants.
Also on Wednesday, Deen offered a tearful mea culpa on the Today show.