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Title:
Whiskey in a teacup : what growing up in the South taught me about life, love, and baking biscuits / Reese Witherspoon.
ISBN:
9781501166273

9781982108908

9781982109813
Edition:
First Touchstone hardcover edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Touchstone, 2018.

©2018
Physical Description:
303 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes recipes from the author and her family.

Includes recipe index.
Contents:
Introduction: Whiskey in a teacup -- The magic of sweet tea -- Wicker & wallpaper -- Hot rollers, red lipstick & Steel Magnolias -- The subtle art of dinner parties -- If it's not moving, monogram it -- Bluegrass forever -- the family table -- Dolly Parton, Southern icon -- My grandfather;s garden -- Making special occasions special -- Catching frogs & selling lemonade -- Road trip! -- The perfect book club -- My did-do language & notes on Southern conversation -- Why Southern ladies love holidays -- the beauty of female friendships -- Do-gooding -- Epilogue: The new South.
Abstract:
Academy Award-winning actress, producer, and entrepreneur Reese Witherspoon invites you into her world, where she infuses the southern style, parties, and traditions she loves with contemporary flair and charm. Reese Witherspoon's grandmother Dorothea always said that a combination of beauty and strength made southern women "whiskey in a teacup." We may be delicate and ornamental on the outside, she said, but inside we're strong and fiery. Reese's southern heritage informs her whole life, and she loves sharing the joys of southern living with practically everyone she meets. She takes the South wherever she goes with bluegrass, big holiday parties, and plenty of Dorothea's fried chicken. It's reflected in how she entertains, decorates her home, and makes holidays special for her kids--not to mention how she talks, dances, and does her hair (in these pages, you will learn Reese's fail-proof, only slightly insane hot-roller technique). Reese loves sharing Dorothea's most delicious recipes as well as her favorite southern traditions, from midnight barn parties to backyard bridal showers, magical Christmas mornings to rollicking honky-tonks. It's easy to bring a little bit of Reese's world into your home, no matter where you live. After all, there's a southern side to every place in the world, right?-- Amazon.
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Summary

Academy Award-winning actress, producer, and entrepreneur Reese Witherspoon invites you into her world, where she infuses the southern style, parties, and traditions she loves with contemporary flair and charm.

Reese Witherspoon's grandmother Dorothea always said that a combination of beauty and strength made southern women "whiskey in a teacup." We may be delicate and ornamental on the outside, she said, but inside we're strong and fiery.

Reese's southern heritage informs her whole life, and she loves sharing the joys of southern living with practically everyone she meets. She takes the South wherever she goes with bluegrass, big holiday parties, and plenty of Dorothea's fried chicken. It's reflected in how she entertains, decorates her home, and makes holidays special for her kids--not to mention how she talks, dances, and does her hair (in these pages, you will learn Reese's fail-proof, only slightly insane hot-roller technique). Reese loves sharing Dorothea's most delicious recipes as well as her favorite southern traditions, from midnight barn parties to backyard bridal showers, magical Christmas mornings to rollicking honky-tonks.

It's easy to bring a little bit of Reese's world into your home, no matter where you live. After all, there's a southern side to every place in the world, right?


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Actress and book club host Witherspoon pays tribute to her Southern roots in this charming collection of recipes, how-to's, and personal stories. She draws heavily on life lessons learned from her grandmother, including how to be a good hostess ("Serve dinner about one hour after the start time on the invitation") and guest ("When in doubt about how fancy it is, dress up"). Recipes are grouped by events with suggestions for what to serve at, say, a book club meeting (red and white wine, baked brie, hot spinach-artichoke dip, olive medley, cheese and fruit) or a pre-concert gathering (smoked pecans, crab puffs, champagne and ginger ale cocktail). Almost without exception, recipes are emblematic of country fare and feature classics including fried okra, creamy gravy, and shrimp and grits. Fried chicken, ribs (in her brother's Tennessee barbecue sauce), and pulled pork sliders with bourbon sauce are highlights among the many enticing dishes. The book's scope is wide and ranges from Southern expressions ("madder than a wet hen") and must reads by Southern authors (Walker Percy's The Moviegoer) to Witherspoon's love of Dolly Parton and monograms. Readers looking to make a foray into Southern cooking and etiquette will find Witherspoon an enthusiastic guide. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Proud of her Southern heritage, actress Witherspoon, founder of the retail brand Draper James and media company Hello Sunshine, unabashedly spreads the Southern women's ethos of graciousness and hospitality; giving suggestions for treating others respectfully, keeping a home, and entertaining friends. Considering the book a tribute to the poised, strong women she admired growing up in Nashville, Witherspoon uses a warm, conversational tone to reminisce about her accomplished grandmother, mother, and others who taught her that multifaceted women can build a strong family home and impact the wider world. Her sense of humor and ability to poke fun at herself shine in childhood anecdotes (and photos of her hot-roller technique), though seriousness shows in comments about favorite books, the family table, and doing good deeds. Sincere descriptions of making family and friends comfortable in her home-whether for book club night or a holiday-are punctuated with almost 50 uncomplicated, sentimental recipes (like her grandmother's tea punch) and playlists of favorite music. This is not a Hollywood tell-all or shameless self-promotion though there are mentions of other celebrities. VERDICT Sure to be popular with Witherspoon's fans, this pleasant book could have wider appeal to anyone interested in modern Southern living and style.-Bonnie Poquette, Milwaukee © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.