Paula Deen in East TN talking food, Dancing with the Stars

PIGEON FORGE (WATE) – Paula Deen is in East Tennessee this weekend to sign copies of her new cookbook.

Deen spent a few hours at her Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen restaurant in Pigeon Forge. She had a lot to say about the success of her restaurant and her time on “Dancing With the Stars.”

“The restaurant is doing so well. We felt like Momma’s Table would do very well in this area, but this too has also taken us by surprise, how accepted it has been,” she said. “‘Dancing With the Stars’ is very hard. It’s very hard. When they tell you you’re going to be dancing four to six hours a day, that’s exactly what they mean. But it was a wonderful experience, one I’m grateful for.”

The celebrity chef will make an appearance at Knoxville Wholesale Furniture on North Peters Road on Saturday for her nationwide book tour. She’ll be there from noon until 2 p.m. for autographs and book signings. The first 50 people to purchase any Paula Deen furniture will get a free cookbook.

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