From the book cover:
What do creeks and wood stoves, barns and dirt roads, covered bridges and old gray mares, general stores and state fairs, have in common? They are al lpart of country life as countless generations of Americans have experienced it. This books is a celebration of that life and all things rural. It's for country people and for anyone whose roots or interests run deep there.
Here's a book that will take you home--home to the country.
This book includes country essays-driving down roads, visiting the old home place, doing early morning chores on the farm and more..these are all experiences the country is known for. Paul Engle evokes these experiences and shares his own warm memories of growing up in rural Iowa. Included are special features on different aspects of country life, ranging from bridges to Burma Shave signs to quilts to old church cemetaries with lots of country wit and wisdom thrown in.
Also Country storytelling section contains stories and poems you'll remember long after the last page is turned. Some of the celebrated authors represented here are jessamy West, Mark Twain, Jesse Stuart, Eudora Welty, William Faulkner and Robert Frost.
Country Cooking section introduces you to the delights of country cooking and hospitality. There are recipes for 48 mouth watering, finger-licking country classics.
In the Country Songs section, beloved ballader Burl Ives joyously leads off this section by recalling his own years growning up on a farm in Southern Illinois. Then comes a honest to goodness country songbooks with almost two dozen spirituals, ballads, hymns and folk songs. Here are all sorts of toe-tapping, knee-slapping songs with both lyrics and music.