Museums stand as mighty testaments to the works of man and woman.
Now, the good people of Albany, Georgia, who pronounced their fair city’s name as though it were a relative of Jack Benny, are ready to join the pantheon currently inhabited by the Louvre, Prado, Met and Tate.
The Albany Herald breaks the good news: “Group working to bring Paula Deen museum to Albany.”
Say what you will about fine art, but you can’t eat it. Paula Deen, unlike an impressionist or, heaven forbid, a cubist, creates art that’s as delicious as it is beautiful.
Deen, an Albany native, in a few short years went from having $200 in her pocket to running a vast cooking empire. After a divorce in the late 1980s, she started a home business and had her boys deliver sandwiches. Her food was so good she was able to open a restaurant, “The Lady & Sons” in historic Savannah, which ought to be drawing up museum plans too.
Now she has more than a dozen cookbooks and has starred in countless TV cooking shows.
“I think you can say I’m living proof that the American Dream exists,” Deen said in a phone conversation with The Albany Herald from her Savannah home. “I’m proof that if someone will roll up their sleeves and go to work … Well, if I can do it — I don’t want to say just anyone can do it — but, yes, almost anyone can, if they have the kind of passion I have about the things I do.”
The Albany museum will be housed in Deen’s childhood home.
“That house holds so many memories for me,” Paula Deen said in The Albany Herald. “All the cheerleader cookouts, the spend-the-night parties. … And it just so happens I can pretty much furnish it like it was. I still have mama’s living room set and daddy’s — they had separate rooms later on because daddy had to sleep with a night light on and mama couldn’t.