Random House says it is still continuing to monitor the Paula Deen story, but that at present Deen’s first book for the company, Paula Deen's New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes, All Lightened Up, is still set for an October publication. Deen has drawn heated criticism for using the “n” word in a deposition, a revelation that led to the Food Network to let her contract expire at the end of the month. Ballantine lured Deen away from longtime publisher Simon & Schuster in January 2012.