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The Sweet Potato Queens' Big-Ass Cookbook (and Financial Planner)

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They’re wild, beloved, and all-around fabulous, but with the Sweet Potato Queens, there’re just never enough good times—or enough good eats. Well, now all fabulous women everywhere can have their own mountains of royal fun and food, because bestselling author and Boss Queen Jill Conner Browne is revealing her big-ass top secret recipes—and the events that inspired them—in ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published January 7th 2003 by Three Rivers Press (first published January 1st 2003)
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Debbie
Jun 08, 2014 Debbie rated it liked it
3.5 stars....I found this book humorous and want to try many of the recipes....I mean most call for at least a stick of butter....yum, how could they not be good!! Simple & lighthearted which only took about an hour to read.
Marilyn
Feb 07, 2013 Marilyn rated it really liked it
Never thought it was possible to read a cookbook and LAUGH, until now. The recipe names are hysterical and yet they are quite tasty!
Amy
Apr 04, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, humor
Wonderful humor and just a fabulous sense of style about livin' and eatin'.
Alice Neilson
May 24, 2014 Alice Neilson rated it really liked it
Got a few chuckles and then some recipes too!
Sandy Saban
May 17, 2014 Sandy Saban rated it it was amazing
Funny and some great recipes too.
Karen
Pig candy. Enough said.

I didn't finish it. I was listening to it on a drive to Florida, and because it was anecdotal, there wasn't a story to follow so it didn't keep me occupied or awake.

It was entertaining, and the recipes are key.
Connie Sagona
Jul 04, 2014 Connie Sagona rated it it was amazing
I love the Sweet Potato Queens. If I’d been born in the South I’d probably have been one. “The Sweet Potato Queens” is a women's organization based in Jackson, Mississippi, that has over 6000 chapters in over 20 countries. The Sweet Potato Queens concept has been explained and made popular by a series of books by Jill Conner Browne, who came up with the idea in 1982. It involves a belief in a sisterhood that promotes self-esteem and positive thinking, appealing to mostly middle-aged ...more
Diana
Oct 06, 2012 Diana rated it it was amazing
This book receives a 5 star rating from me not because it is a great literary work, but because it is so fun to read. I need to read a fun book every once in a while and this book (and all of the Sweet Potatoe Queen books)sure make me smile. Jill Conner Browne founded the Sweet Potato Queens 30 years ago.(there are chapters all across the U.S.) They were started in Jackson, Mississippi and march every year in Hal and Mal's Saint Patrick Day Parade. Now they have a whole week-end celebration on ...more
Dione Basseri
Jul 27, 2016 Dione Basseri rated it really liked it
Huh. Doesn't end on a tear-jerker. Not what I've come to expect from Browne. These books are generally so funny, right up until a heartbreaking end. Not here. Browne apparently had a good year.

Definitely not a financial planner, but if you went into this book with this cover expecting actual money matters, wow, I am sorry for you. Recipes, however, there are in spades. But every damn one IS going to kill you. It will. So much bacon. This is not the kind of recipe book you pull out for a fancy di
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Tabby Kat
Jun 13, 2008 Tabby Kat rated it it was amazing
Browne's third tasty outing (following Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love in 1999 and God Save the Sweet Potato Queens in 2001) finds the Boss Queen taking on Betty Crocker (source of "some of the insane ideas we have struggled with and against for the last 50 years") and channeling Suze Orman for financial advice ("There's a lot to be said for rich old guys with bad hearts and no relatives, but you can't always get what you want"). Culinarily challenged readers will be happy to find this book's ...more
Shelley
Aug 15, 2016 Shelley rated it it was ok
I've come across these books a lot over the years, but never read any until now. I wish it was the first in the series. It's actually the third and was written in 2003; 13 years ago. I didn't know what to expect, so I was rather surprised that the novel is actually about the Queen, Jill Conner Browne (author) and the rest of the Queens that belong to the club of their every day lives, along with a bunch, and I mean a bunch of southern home cooked recipes that they make.

The stories were really fu
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Kevin
Sep 01, 2015 Kevin rated it it was amazing
Browne's third tasty outing (following Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love in 1999 and God Save the Sweet Potato Queens in 2001) finds the Boss Queen taking on Betty Crocker (source of "some of the insane ideas we have struggled with and against for the last 50 years") and channeling Suze Orman for financial advice ("There's a lot to be said for rich old guys with bad hearts and no relatives, but you can't always get what you want").

Culinarily challenged readers will be happy to find this book's
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Allison
Aug 01, 2011 Allison rated it it was amazing
The authorities on all things Queenly also happen to be the authorities on all things delicious as well! Just like everything else the Queen Bee does, she did not write your average, basic cookbook. The recipes are integrated into hilarious anecdotes that may make you pee... The armadillo story was my favorite. And the recipes themselves include instructions like "smoosh" this or "beat the snot" out of that. I agree with one of the reviews on the jacket that says: "You do not have to be from the ...more
Sterlingcindysu
May 13, 2015 Sterlingcindysu rated it really liked it
Truth in advertising here--if you make any of the recipes you will indeed have a Big Ass. I've never seen so many recipes with multiple sticks of butter, bacon and sweetened condensed milk. I predict in the future this will qualify for food porn reading--I thought it was written in the 1980s, but nope, written in 2002. Even the Queen herself says they have contributed to the obesity problem Mississippi faces among their adults.

A funny read but I think it would be exhausting to keep up the perso
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BB
Apr 07, 2009 BB rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone, men and women
Love Jill Conner-Brown! Love her, want to be like her, love her! She is the funniest woman alive. You think that you are reading a book written by this prim and proper southern woman and then she busts out with the 4 letter words like they are water. All of her books are a must read! I read my first Sweet Potato Queens book when I was in college or grad school. Dont remember, just know that my mom gave me the first book to read and I laughed so hard I cried. These books are not just for women. ...more
Valentina Marzorati
Feb 26, 2015 Valentina Marzorati rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
Time for a confession: if y'all really want to know where my famous margarita recipe originated, it's HERE! It's these ladies we owe our thanks to, and they actually call these concoctions the "Sweet Potato Queens' Knock You Naked Margaritas!" Other absolutely life-changing recipes from these girls include Pig Candy (excuse me, it's brown sugar baked bacon, so of course, yes), Chocolate Stuff (sounds so boring, but YOU WILL WANT TO TAKE A BATH IN IT), Armadillo Dip, Death Chicken -- just some ...more
Sherry
Jan 15, 2016 Sherry rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: women everywhere
Big boss Queen from Jackson, Mississippi is back with a hilarious new Sweet Potato book and this time she's taking on Betty Crocker! I laughed at so many offerings in this -- and let's all say it together: BUTTER. This book is a REAL book of easy and fattening offerings, recipes and home-spun advice that your Grandmother would applaud and you wish people everywhere subscribed to!

Drinks, eats, financial advice (not the kind you'd expect), and stories from the hearth -- you won't be able to put it
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Sherry
May 10, 2011 Sherry rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
I had seen other of the "Sweet Potato Queen" books but had never read one before. I really liked this crazy book. Maybe it's because I fall into the same demographic or maybe it's because I'm from the South. Don't know. Don't care. Just know my husband had to ask me to hold it down when I was listening to it in bed on my IPOD. When I get off this site I am going onto our county library site and see if I can get other SPQ book. A good laugh is hard to find and this book provided enough to warrant ...more
Khile
Feb 02, 2014 Khile rated it it was amazing
You have to love Jill Connor Browne! The actual title is "Sweet Potato Queen's Big Ass Cookbook And Financial Planner." (Financial plans such as, "Let him pay.") If you've never been to Sweet Potato Queens Weekend in Jackson, MS on St. Patrick's Day every year (aka Spring Break for all us girls of a "certain age" who didn't get near enough chances to be Queens-Of-Whatever-We-Wanted-To-Be in high school, get yourself a rhinestone tiara and GO! No husbands, no boyfriends. Just a great fun Girls' ...more
Kimberly
Jul 25, 2012 Kimberly rated it really liked it
August 2012 book club selection (my recommendation made the list!). Read this several years ago - consult it from time to time for favorite recipes. Looking forward to reading it again in August when we have our potluck dinner.

Just finished the re-read. It was just as good and laugh out loud funny as the first time. Can't wait to taste some of these recipes at our potluck in August. I've only made a couple of the desserts, which turned out great.
Kate Lawrence
Mar 23, 2016 Kate Lawrence rated it liked it
Shelves: food-issues
What a hoot! The SP Queens imagine a world where men are subservient to women and there are no consequences for eating platesful of fat-laden junk food. Author Browne manages to simultaneously celebrate and satirize Southern culture while keeping readers chuckling throughout. Where else can you find recipes for Love Lard, Corn and Peppers with Enhanced Fat Content, and Twinkie Pie, to name only a few? Pick this one up when life gets too serious.
Maryanne Grabo
Aug 05, 2015 Maryanne Grabo rated it liked it
Shelves: humorous, bookclub
First off, this was a hoot, but not exactly the book to read if you are a 100% man loving, dedicated, stand by your man, back in the 50's kind of women. This is clever and innocent man bashing at its best with great recipes and well, OK maybe some good financial advice. While the author lost the groups interest at times, it was a fun read and we can recommend it, if not for the story line, for the great full fat, full flavored recipes.
Krista
Jun 20, 2009 Krista rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any Southern woman or any other woman who likes bacon
This is a very humorous book written by a Jackson Mississippi woman who sounds like someone I would love to hang out with every now and then. It also contains recipes for those calorie packed dishes served at any gathering of women who like to eat and I'm not talking about carrots and celery! I enjoyed this book more than the SPQ's Book of Love. I especially enjoyed the chapter she wrote about her mother and what her mother eats. Worth a read for some laugh therapy.

Jackson
Mar 17, 2013 Jackson rated it really liked it
Like the recipes, one can get too much of this, BUT it is very funny in small doses, and better at a time when one already feels pretty 'swanky' soas to realize that without irony this would be a disaster. Also, I would suggest reading the Sweet Potato Queen books in order as if they were a series. Things fit better that way.
Sally
Aug 17, 2008 Sally rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sally by: Shar Valentine
Shelves: humor
Pretty funny. I think the part about getting old, meaning 40 and older, was supposed to be funny but it really freaked me out. She has a good sense of humor and it was very easy to read. I really want to try some of the recipies but I think I need to have a huge crowd over to eat it with me since in most of the recipies they cook such huge amounts!
L.
Sep 10, 2013 L. rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Much of the same material as her previous books. Food, men, aging, and the like. Don't get me wrong, I like the series. It's like my favorite comfort food on a bad day. I would not want to eat it everyday, only when it counts. My husband, who spent some quality time at Fort Benning,has asked me to make pig candy. I shudder to think of it. I told him I'd make a key-lime pie and biscuits instead.
Donna
May 04, 2016 Donna rated it it was amazing
I am so addicted to this author... Her humour and her southern accent are totally irresistible ! The recipes in this book are a Doctor's nightmare...but very hard to resist taste tasting.

Ordered my own personal copy of this book AND signed myself up to the website as an "official" supporter of The Sweet Potato Queens'. Just could resist.. :)
Robin
May 11, 2009 Robin rated it it was amazing
The title for this is actually the Sweet Potato Queens Big Ass Cookbook and Financial Planner - and it's hilarious!!! I highly recommend listening to Jill Connor Brown's audio version. She make it even funnier. If you are a woman in the south (no matter where you were raised) or even if you aren't, these books will have you smiling all day.
Diane Jensen
Apr 06, 2009 Diane Jensen rated it really liked it
These girls are FUNNY! They are Southern women that have great humor and know how to eat. This is so much more than a cookbook - it is a "how to live" manual for those of us who see a lot of humor in good and bad situations. I really wish Jill Conner Browne was my next door neighbor - life would never be dull!
Rebecca
Jan 26, 2009 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Great big fun. If you need to cheer up or get your tiara on straight, you can't do better than the Sweet Potato Queens. Have caution, this particular book will have you rethinking your position on bacon, convincing you that not only is it ok to eat bacon, it is a necessary aspect to enjoying life.
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Jill Conner Browne is the multiple #1 New York Times bestselling author of nine Sweet Potato Queens® books and has created a global phenomenon--6,200 chapter groups in 37 countries--based upon her philosophy and world-view as recounted through these rollicking, raucous and riotously funny essays. Women and smart men understand that the bawdy, sassy, down-to-earth humor is simply the vehicle by ...more
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