Celebrity chef Paula Deen loses more deals, but book sales soar

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Handout of Matt Lauer interviewing Paula Deen on NBC News' "Today" showBy Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. celebrity chef Paula Deen saw more lucrative deals evaporate on Thursday despite her renewed apologies for using a racial slur, as retailer Target Corp and drug company Novo Nordisk A/S joined the list of sponsors distancing themselves from the doyenne of Southern cooking. But in a sign that Deen could make a comeback, her upcoming cookbook "Paula Deen's New Testament," which features "lightened up" recipes, shot to the top of the Amazon books best-sellers list this week on pre-orders for the October 15 release. …