Paula Deen's 'New Testament' Cookbook Sales Skyrocket Amid Scandal

Paula Deen

A deposition for a discrimination lawsuit against Deen and her brother, Bubba Heirs, revealed the 66-year-old chef admitted to having used the N-word in the past. Deen, who along with her brother is being sued by a former employee, said she would not use racial slurs today. After the revelation, Deen went on to issue a series of video apologies, but it wasn't enough for The Food Network, which announced it would not renew Deen’s contract. "I want to apologize to everybody for the wrong that I've done," Deen said. "Inappropriate hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable. I've made plenty of mistakes along the way. But I beg you, my children, my team, my fans, my partners, I beg for your forgiveness."

The book of light recipes, not out until October, has received a boost in pre-orders on Amazon.com.

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.