First Touchstone hardcover edition.
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New York : Touchstone, 2018.
303 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Includes recipes from the author and her family.
Includes bibliographical references.
9781501166273 (primary hardcover)
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B Witherspoon
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  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.

  Publishers 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.

  Booklist Review

It is hard not to respond to actor-producer-writer-entrepreneur Witherspoon's southern cooking and lifestyle guide, presented with warmth and no small amount of wit. Many features attract, such as sidebars on everything from valuable tips for hosting to the specifics of hot-rolling hair. Nearly 50 recipes and 8-plus menus will suit almost any celebration, gathering, and occasion, such as a southern dinner party (mud pie trifle and shrimp and grits), the Kentucky Derby (Kentucky hot brown bites), and condolence calls (Witherspoon's chicken potpie casserole fits well here). Not to mention Witherspoon's memorable sayings that define southern life: The best things in life are not things. No one is depressed when they see a cake plate. There are even road-trip ideas and holiday playlists to occupy eyes, hands, and ears. Connecting it all is Witherspoon's very hospitable narrative, sharing stories of growing up, family, and traditions that many will relate to. Just don't call her the southern Martha Stewart.--Barbara Jacobs Copyright 2018 Booklist
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. <br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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?
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