Paula's Home Cooking is a Daytime Emmy Award-winning Food Network show hosted by Paula Deen. Deen's primary culinary focus is Southern cuisine and familiar comfort food that is popular with Americans. In the show, classic dishes such as pot roast, fried okra, and pecan pie are the norm, and overly complicated or eccentric recipes are usually eschewed. Dishes that are flavorful and familiar are spotlighted, although the fat content and calorie count of the meals are often very high. Paula also shows off vignettes of Savannah, Georgia, where she co-owns with her sons Jamie and Bobby, The Lady & Sons.
Deen's popularity, spurned by the show, led to a small role in the feature film Elizabethtown.
Despite its seemingly Southern atmosphere, Paula's Home Cooking was taped in upstate New York until 2006; new shows will be taped at Deen's new home near Savannah. Deen often has her sons as guests on the show. They too proved to be popular among Food Network's audience and now have their own show, Road Tasted, similar to Rachael Ray's Tasty Travels. Deen's second husband, Michael Groover, also appears sporadically as a guest, and Food Network taped the Deen-Groover wedding in 2004 as a special edition of the show.
The success of Paula's Home Cooking led to a line of cookbooks, a magazine, other television shows and specials, and related merchandise.