This is laugh out loud, roll off the couch funny! Even comes with recipes - not necessarily good ones, however. For anyone who needs a little humor in their life. and doesn't mind it at the expense of the dead.
Feb 24, 2011
Being Dead is no Excuse
This was a comical book interspersed with yummy recipes. It was a fun read!
Dec 24, 2009
Very entertaining southern humor
I really enjoyed this book. I'm going to send a copy to my sister. Being a southerner and from a long line of southern women, I can relate to so much. I love the humor and the recipes (many of which I remember from my childhood) help take me back in time.
Dec 17, 2009
great fun with cooking
These recipes tend to be sized for larger gatherings and are perfect for church potlucks or yes, funerals, and are basic great-tasting Southern cooking cuisine. The best part of the book, however, is the narrative -- it's hilariously observant of social mores and is worth reading even if you never cook.
Feb 22, 2009
Great Book..It was very humorous.....and recipes too
Publishers Weekly, 2005-01-17 Metcalfe, a lifelong Southerner who's been hiding out in the social circles of Greenville, Miss., exposes the culinary and cultural last rites of the deep South in a fashion that is as sidesplitting as it is politically incorrect, as sincere as it is backstabbingly brutal. She is capably aided by Hays, a "recovering gossip columnist" from Washington, D.C. Residents of the Mississippi Delta, where "polishing silver is the southern lady's version of grief therapy," take their comfort food semiseriously, be it traditional Pickled Shrimp, Liketa Died Potatoes (which incorporate both cheddar cheese and canned cheddar cheese soup) or cream cheese-laden Pecan Tassies. Nobody would be caught dead without Tomato Aspic at the funeral, and St. James' Cranberry Congealed Salad topped with mayonnaise is the dessert of choice. An entire chapter is devoted to stuffed eggs, and another is dedicated to dishes that use canned soup as their base ("Nothing whispers sympathy quite like a frozen-pea casserole with canned bean sprouts and mushroom soup"). A lengthy discourse on "The Methodist Ladies vs. the Episcopal Ladies" is laugh-out-loud funny in its contrast of customs and cuisines and its consideration of the consolation of a "nice, stiff cocktail." And many Greenville residents, alive and deceased, drop by for a howdy, including poor Maribell Wilson, who made the mistake of driving her daddy's ashes home with the windows down. B&w illus. (Mar. 16) Forecast: National media out of New York and a regional author tour through Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee should help this charming, entertaining book take off. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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