Sometimes, there is just that one family you look at and think, "I wish I could be related to them." For a lot of us who watch cooking shows religiously, it's the Deen family. Bobby Deen is lucky enough to be part of that family, and while it seems like they get along so famously while the cameras are rolling, it turns out when the cameras turn off, they still get along famously! Yep, go ahead and be even more jealous.
With age comes wisdom, and when it comes to Bobby (and no, we're not calling him old, so simmer down), he takes pride in living as much of a healthy lifestyle as possible. Sure, he has his vices, but when it comes to his Cooking Channel show Not My Mama's Meals, he has found a way to cut down the calories and still keep the flavor intact. He also has a cookbook, From Mama's Table to Mine, that gives you even more delicious options, all at 350 calories or less. After we had the chance to talk to Bobby and watch him in action on his show, we found that with a little help from his tricked-out recipes, cooking up amazing dishes in a healthy way can be a lot easier and more fun than you think.
OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): First off, I didn't realize you were a man of so many talents and played the drums and guitar! Any thoughts of opening a House of Blues type of venue down the line?
Bobby Deen: You know, I haven't really thought about that, but how cool would that be? That's a great idea, though. I'll have to give you credit if I do it. [Laughs.] The drums are something from when I was kid. We never had any money, so I don't know how they did it, but my parents made sure I had a little set of drums because I was just so crazy about them. I have always had a set. The guitar is a newer thing in the past three or four years. I found that I wanted to learn something, and once you get to a certain age, you don't really have to learn too much if you don't want to. I mean, I'm done with high school. [Laughs.] I wanted to just try to tackle something, so I tried the guitar. It's very challenging, and it's something that takes a lot of dedication and practice, and I like it. I'm one of those people that if I find something I like, I'm all in. I have a sickness for guitars. I collect them way better than I play them, but I hope to live long enough to be a good guitarist one day. More »