Oh Gussie!: Cooking and Visiting in Kimberly's Southern Kitchen
by Kimberly Schlapman

Book list As down-home as you can get, award-winning Little Big Town band member Schlapman, with coauthor Foose, presents more than 100 southern-style recipes, plus a delightful stream of memories, humor, anecdotes, and personal stories. Who could forget her headline, Dropped Out of Kindergarten ? Or not feel sorrow well up when she talks about mourning her first husband during an eating frenzy of black walnut cake? This is truly a low-end cook's delight; in other words, have no qualms about using store-bought pie shells and other conveniences, or making good use of canned stuff, whether condensed cream or mushroom soup or French onion soup mix. Shortcuts aside, Schlapman and Foose grab any type of home chef, sophisticated or not, with their straightforward energy and unabashed love of friends and family, which is all celebrated through food: okra hash, Maw Maw's biscuits, grandmother's coconut pudding, pineapple casserole, crispy trout cakes, low-country boil. Make sure you read the sidebars provided for almost every recipe, such as southern simple (substitutes and tips), southern mother (hostess gifts and the like), southern skinny (as the phrase indicates). Southern staples made easy, served with love.--Jacobs, Barbara Copyright 2015 Booklist

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