Paula Deen is probably used to being pummeled by the food police about her cooking, but you've got to wonder what she really feels about son Bobby Deen's new book, "From Mama's Table to Mine" (Ballantine, $22), written with Melissa Clark.
The love taps begin with the book's subtitle: "Everybody's Favorite Comfort Foods at 350 Calories or Less." Then there's his introductory admission: "I love my Mama's food, it truly is the best-tasting food on this planet. But, let's face it. I can't eat her rich food every day of my life."
The son, host of Cooking Channel's "Not My Mama's Meals," takes pains to show readers that his recipes are as tasty as those made by "Mama," to whom the book is fondly dedicated, but without the fat and calories. He offers a "before" and "after" snapshot for each recipe.