This book was written more for the typical Southern Belle, rather than the barefoot, mud0ridin southern gal. Nice stories about the importance of passed-down cast iron skillets and that southern charm and drawl that my Northern boy has come to love! Deborah Ford puts words on paper in a unique way that every woman can use in everyday life.
Cute. This book is chock full of info, some which is supposed to e taken with a grai of salt. Although not a GRIT, my family is from South Carolina and Northern Florida and I spent many childhood summers there. Although northerns geographically, they are southerners in heart nd so am I. I am going to use a few of the recipes and keep this on my shelf for when I need a quick chuckle or a wlk down memory lane.
I love this author. Being from the south myself (Houston Texas to be exact), all of the information, hints, and helpful advice Ford gives is like gold. I have 2 copies of this books, which is the only reason I am swapping it!
They're called Sweet Potato Queens, Steel Magnolias, Ya-Ya Sisters, and Southern Belles, but at heart they're just plain Grits-Girls Raised in the South!
Now, Deborah Ford, founder of Grits(r) Inc., reveals the code behind the distinctive -and irresistible-style of the Southern woman. Equal parts sweet sincerity and sharp, sly humor, The Grits Guide to Life is chock-full of Southern charm: advice, true-life stories from honest-to-god "Grits," recipes, humor, quotable wisdom, and more. Readers will learn vital lessons, including: how to eat a watermelon in a sundress; how to drink like a Southern lady (sip...a lot); and the real meaning of PMS (Precious Mood Southerner).
This charming book is destined to become a bible for the Southern girl-whether born and bred, expatriated, or adoptive-and her many admirers
From Publishers Weekly
GRITS (Girls Raised In The South) authors Ford and Hand maintain their down-home primer reveals "everything you need to be the beautiful belle you've always wanted to be." No matter where you're from, becoming a Grits girl requires daily practice, as well as an understanding of the basic ingredients of Grits life: style, grace, poise, manners and kindness. To this end, the authors offer "practical" instructions on setting the perfect table, recycling bridesmaid's dresses into tree skirts, sending thank-you notes and speaking like a Southerner (add syllables whenever possible). Quotes, trivia, recipes (including Dolly Parton's Favorite Meatloaf and Sun Tea, "The House Wine of the South") and knee-slapping Grits Pearls of Wisdom such as, "If you can be ready to go in less than thirty minutes, you probably shouldn't be leaving the house at all!" round out each chapter, making this handbook a welcome-and entertaining-addition to anyone aspiring to capture the unique essence of Southern women.
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