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Family and friends are the center of life in the South, and kitchens the center of Southern homes, so there is no better way to celebrate Southern traditions than a book on entertaining. From the heartfelt love in Grandma�s dumplings to the stomping good fun at a hoedown, Southern entertaining is special. This book will help everyone to be as gracious, warm, and entertainiFamily and friends are the center of life in the South, and kitchens the center of Southern homes, so there is no better way to celebrate Southern traditions than a book on entertaining. From the heartfelt love in Grandma�s dumplings to the stomping good fun at a hoedown, Southern entertaining is special. This book will help everyone to be as gracious, warm, and entertaining as Deborah Ford herself. She can�t help sharing�it�s the Southern way. Puttin� on the Grits covers all the details of hosting festivities large and small. From mint juleps to charm lessons, Deborah reveals the colorful secrets behind why Southern women are such consummate hosts and captures the famous combination of elegance and wit that has become the GRITS calling card. Puttin� on the Grits even includes a discussion of how to be the kind of guest who gets invited back. Whether popping a cork or cracking open a six-pack, every hostess can now be the belle of the ball....

Title : Puttin' on the Grits: A Guide to Southern Entertaining
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ISBN : 9780525948681
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 272 Pages
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Puttin' on the Grits: A Guide to Southern Entertaining Reviews

  • gina
    2019-04-09 20:47

    A party planning book for the "southern gal" that would have been a lot better if the author didn't read it herself. She has one of those old southern women accents, if you can call it that, where they seem to constantly have saliva in the pockets of their mouth and you can hear it swishing with each syllable. On top of that they like to not touch their tongue to the top of the roof of their mouth, thereby limiting the sounds actual culmination, at least the ones that actually require these parts of your mouth to touch like "L" and "t" sounds. There's a lot. Just pay attention to yourself talking and you'll see what I mean. Then try and do it without moving your tongue up and put a lot of spit in the sides of your mouth and you've got this freaking audiobook. It also makes one think that possibly their dentures are lose. This kind of talking annoys me to no end. Especially after years of trying to teach proper speech and language to illiterate adults. Literate adults should be ashamed. Speak properly. You're doing a disservice to your fellow less educated man. Since I have only ever heard southern women in their 60s and 70s speak this way imagine my shock when she confessed her age in the book. It was in the early 50 range. Shock! Lastly, this unfortunate lingering spit pocket on the sides of her mouth lead you to hear things incorrectly. That or she doesn't know what she's saying, tiring and fatigue in reading is common in poor narrators. Their pronunciation becomes sloppy. At one time she said "goods yet" and it sounded for all the world like "good shit" WHAT? There were several of this type of problem. She kept saying "Out Blinded" I realized she meant "Out Blonded" but she wanted to make the O sound an I. I wrote a few down until I realized there were too many examples. I stopped. It was depressing me.This book is also poorly delivered. Jokes fall flat. Then she kicks them for good measure ensuring you wince instead of laugh. A well trained narrator would have been able to pull off this book with a sense of elegance and charm that is necessary for this type of nonfic to come across acceptably as an audiobook. Worse she does that horrible thing that poor readers of audios do. You know that. Period. In the middle of. A sentence. Where there should. n't. be one and you think what. In the world where they thinking reading reading it as if there were periods where everyone. knows there aren't any. This is a common mistake of authors who should not be reading their own books, but insist on doing so.So now that we've critiqued the bad reading, the bad spitty talking, the bad pronunciation of common words lets move onto the content- DONT get this as an audiobook. Look you can flip through this trite junk easily enough. I think there were a few good recipes in there. A few good pieces of advice too, but honestly most of it was for an antiquated way of living that most women in the south don't live in. Unless you're from Mountain Brook or over the mountain somewhere had have lots of money or are a debutant or are aspiring to be one just get a Paula Dean, or Southern Living entertaining book and skip this one. She was condescending about men (their idiots and just want to drink beer eat pizza and be stupid), her mother in laws, and behaved and talked in a way that I just couldn't relate to. If you want a shallow book with a few good recipes then this one is for you! Just don't get the audio book mkay?

  • Kristen Wampner
    2019-04-20 18:01

    Book Cover: I thought the book cover was both cute and appropriate for this book. *STAR*Author: I enjoyed how Deborah Ford incorporated different little stories and tips throughout the book but I found her to write from her experience of being hurt from men and felt that she wrote about men as being incapable and helpless. NO STARStory: The story line if you will of this book was to me the old school way of how things were done in the south back when you were white gloves and had midday teas. I am from TN and we really don't use any of the techniques except at weddings or maybe at a political dinner or something of that nature. NO STARCharacters/Relationships: This book is promoting being a Southern Belle of the ball with teas, formal dances, parties etc. and I can see where she is trying to hang on to that old southern charm and there are some things that I agree are required at certain events but she teaches a very formal style of doing things and anymore in the south we just aren't that formal. Most definitely in the days of Pride & Prejudice time period but where I'm from we just aren't. NO STAR Cleanliness: There was nothing bad in this book *STAR* Overall Review: I was so glad to finally finish this book. I had a hard time getting through this book as I found it dry in some spots and it was just a boring read to me. It was about extremely formal ways and styles to do things that use to be done several years ago but just aren't so today. Weather I keep it on my shelf I'm unsure because I more than likely wont read it again but there were some really good tips and recipes in there.

  • Brittany
    2019-04-10 21:03

    When I saw "Southern Entertaining," I expected more casual- or at least intimate- gatherings. This is basically...have a fancy party that requires lots of lists and then put on some pearls while serving Southern food and being really polite. I'll keep this one on the bookshelves just for the recipes, but there is no reason to read "A Pearl Girl knows..." 5,000 times. It's a "skim" book.

  • Lori
    2019-03-30 22:03

    This book wasn't quite as entertaining as the rest by Ford. But I think it may be the most useful in terms of helping me plan parties in the future. I enjoyed seeing the recipes in the book and I can't wait to try some of them. I would recommend this book for anyone looking for advice on planning parties of all kinds--large to small, formal to informal.

  • Emily
    2019-04-11 16:38

    I liked that the Southern Entertaining etiquette is spelled out here. We're tempted to be more relaxed nowadays but it's nice to stand on some "high falutin'"traditions. If your serious about formal/semiformal entertaining this book is moderately helpful but mostly amusing.

  • Genie
    2019-04-05 21:55

    A combination of Miss Manners and Martha Stewart, Deborah Ford gives the dos and don'ts of entertaining southern style.Lots of stoies, good advice, great ideas and some down home recipes make this book both fun and informative.

  • Jennie
    2019-04-17 17:46

    I admit it - I'm a wannabe Southerner. This book made me want to be one of the GRITS (girls raised in the South) so bad I could taste the fried chicken and biscuits.I'll be reading her other book - GRITS guide to life - soon.

  • Victoria
    2019-03-31 23:38

    I purchased this book just because I always have something in the car to read when I'm stuck in drive-thrus and such. It was about worth what I paid for it, which was $1 at the dollar store.

  • Linda Strawn
    2019-04-19 21:36

    Love it! Great for southern girls who like to entertain!

  • Samantha
    2019-04-13 23:52

    Summer fun.

  • Becky Webster
    2019-03-26 16:35

    I listened to this book on CD in my car. I have never been to the South, but I plan on going in my future. It's a sweet book with a touch of humor.

  • Sarah K. Sawyer
    2019-04-07 16:58

    this is turning out to be a fun little read. have sweet tea handy....

  • Beth
    2019-04-18 22:39

    Boring! and preachy

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    2019-03-25 20:50

    The only thing worthwhile was a recipe for squash soup that you can keep ready in the freezer for unexpected guests. The rest was worthless! The humor was even really limp.

  • D
    2019-03-31 17:44


  • Susie
    2019-03-31 18:40

    no index, too precious

  • Erin Caldwell
    2019-04-18 22:34

    gift from Andrea!