Simon & Schuster Canada sent me a copy of Whiskey in a Teacup in exchange for a sincere review. All opinions are my own and true as the day is long.
Well paint me green and call me a cucumber! I’ve been all atwitter for Reese Witherspoon’s new book, so I was pleased as punch the other week when an advance copy arrived in the mail. (Bless your heart, @simonschusterca!) It’s Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love, and Baking Biscuits, a guide to bringing Southern charm to your everyday life through family recipes (from Reese’s Corn Bread Chili Pie to her grandmother Dorothea’s Tea Punch), tips on entertaining and decorating, hair and beauty secrets and even how to speak like you come from the South. (If you’re wonderin’, it’s pronounced I shore doo lack the look of the them there jumbo shramp.)
As you’d expect, the tone is warm, unfussy and invitin’ and Reese’s love for making special occasions special (and even the everyday ones!) is downright infectious. I’m itchin’ to put on a big ol’ hat, pour me a mint julep to go with a plate of Kentucky Hot Brown Bites and Paprika-Dusted Devilled Eggs and call it a Derby party for one. (‘Course Reese is a people person and would probably invite the whole neighbourhood but there’s nothing to stop you from tryin’ anything on a smaller scale.)
I would have loved to see more humour, but I did laugh at a few things. Like how Reese’s family and friends have been calling her mom her “Confetti Betty” ever since she figured out how to use the animated confetti effect for text messages. I just think that’s hilarious! And on the lemonade stand she and her brother had as a kid: “Being the loudmouth of the family, I was also the designated barker. I would flag down cars and harangue people into extra cups (‘Doesn’t your husband want a cup, too?).” LOL. Can’t you just picture it?
What the book does have in spades is heart. It’s about honouring family traditions and creating new ones, making sure loved ones feel loved and appreciated, and doing well by others. If that’s the Southern way of living, we could all use more of it.
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Update October 13, 2018: Congratulations Cassandra K!