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Puttin' on the Grits: A Guide to Southern Entertaining

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  153 ratings  ·  19 reviews
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 Grandmas dumplings to the stomping good fun at a hoedown, Southern entertaining is special. This book will help everyone to be as gracious, warm, and entertainin ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 21st 2005 by Dutton Adult (first published October 10th 2004)
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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 part ...more
Kristen Wampner
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 STAR

Story: 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jenny (Reading Envy)
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.
Becky Webster
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
this is turning out to be a fun little read. have sweet tea handy....
Linda Strawn
Love it! Great for southern girls who like to entertain!
Jul 20, 2009 Beth added it
Boring! and preachy
Jan 31, 2009 Susie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 600s
no index, too precious
Sep 02, 2007 Jo rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: nonfiction
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