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A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet: Southern Stories of Faith, Family, and Fifteen Pounds of Bacon

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  2,981 ratings  ·  350 reviews
There's nothing quite like family--for good or bad. But in a world where we sometimes know more about the Kardashians than we do the people sleeping right down the hall, it's easy to forget that walking through life with our family offers all sorts of joy wrapped up in the seemingly mundane. There's even a little bit of sacred sitting smack-dab in the middle of the ordinar ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Tyndale House Publishers
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Robin O'Bryant
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The first book I've read in a long time that I couldn't put down. I read the whole thing in 24 hours (I read really fast) and loved it. Heartwarming and laugh out loud funny. If you like good ole Southern storytelling you will love this book. If you grew up in the South, you'll feel like she's writing about your family! ...more
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is a celebration of relationships and the joy of being a southerner. It felt like a Sunday Afternoon Family Reunion with laughter, tears, and did I say laughter? I feel as though I have just finished a special family dinner, satisfied, content, and grateful.
Jul 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and not only because I know the author and it's about my hometown! I also loved it because my husband also read it and loved it. This is the 2nd book he's read in the 4 years we've been married. It took him a year to finish the first and three days to finish this one. ...more
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sweet and funny with some thoughtful biblical applications woven into her stories. I don't often laugh out loud, even at books I think are quite hilarious. But her chapter about helping her mother in law learn to use a kindle had me giggling all throughout. ...more
Loved this book. It's a perfect mix of family stories, spiritual tidbits and a TON of humor. This is easily one of my favorite reads of the year. I laughed till I all but cried at more that one spot and I giggled throughout. ...more
Melissa Herring
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
As I read this book, I kept picturing all the family gatherings and dinners around my granparents kitchen table. It was an easy read that was fun and tugged at my memory strings.
Cara McQueen
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you want to laugh and cry in the same book and fulfill any “homesickness” you may have... this is the book for you. ❤️
Renn Shearin
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
There’s nothing quite like family—for good or bad. But in a world where we sometimes know more about the Kardashians than we do the people sleeping right down the hall, it’s easy to forget that walking through life with our family offers all sorts of joy wrapped up in the seemingly mundane. There’s even a little bit of sacred sitting smack-dab in the middle of the ordinary. And since time’s-a-wastin’, we need to be careful that we don’t take our people—and their stories—for granted. Whether it’s ...more
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Let me start by saying that Sophie and I are completely different. This might be exactly why I enjoyed her storytelling so much. I got to sit at her southern table, meet her family members with names and nick names that I have never heard before (Choxie! How cute is that?!) and although I don’t share her love of Jesus (I’m a nice, Jewish girl) I did somehow find her faith to be endearing and not preachy or suffocating. Overall, this was a very random book for me to pick up at the library but I’m ...more
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've followed and read Sophie's work but just now reading her first book. Sophie is one of the best storytellers around but along with her stories of family and life, she weaves in truths from the Lord. All her charming and southern stories made me laugh, cry, and hail back to my youth when life was simpler yet God was using that to form me into who I am today. This is a great read! Plus you get some amazing recipes at the end! ...more
Laura Ellison
This is my new favorite author! I love just how authentic she is and she comes off like a friend telling you the hilarious stories of her life. Just so funny and lighthearted and upbeat. She will be my go-to whenever I need a bit of happiness and laughter.
Mary Jo
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this thoroughly, but I do feel that a little goes a long way. It was the right book at the right time, at some other time I might have given it three stars. I enjoyed the southern humor, but at times it might have been judged as being "over the top". I have read one other book by this author and will seek out more by her, but I will definitely let some time elapse. ...more
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was great fun! I especially enjoyed hearing this memoir in audio format, read by the author. Sophie Hudson’s southern accent is a delight to listen to, and various aspects of her stories (prayer meeting, the Outbacks, and the technical help) just cracked me up!
Jill Robinson
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Like visiting the YaYa Sisterhood with some spiritual encouragement along the way. This was my "read in the middle of the night when I can't sleep book". ...more
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of eighteen short stories. Most of them are funny, but a few are sad, and even the sad ones have a bit of humor in them. The stories cover a lot of topics, which makes this an interesting read. Faith and family are a big part of the stories. Also, food plays a big part in some of the stories.
Tammy G.
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
With all of the reality shows on TV, I wonder if people forget that the family God gave them are the "real" people we need to be with!??!
I love the title of this book because that's exactly how a family unit can be classified . . . a little Salty with the Sweet by Sophie Hudson is a timely reminder that we need not take for granted the family that God has given us. Family, that group of people that we have so much in common with, those peoples who are there for us through thick and thin. The one
Sharon Chance
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness! Sophie Hudson needs to put warning sticker on her books stating "Warning - you just might have an accident from laughing too much!" I just absolutely adored every single word of this fun-filled and family-filled book.

Sophie tells tales on her beloved family and friends in such a manner that you "bless their hearts" and shake your head at the same time! Being blessed with a Southern family of my own, I could relate to most of the hilarious stories collected here. But what I most
Kayla Hewitt
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
(2.5 stars.) I feel bad giving only 2 stars because the author is so darn likable. But, likable or not, I thought the book was only so-so. Some of the "lessons" gleaned from the anecdotes seemed forced. The stories involving mother-in-law Martha were quite funny. If the author had been a bit more selective in which stories were included, I think the quality would have improved greatly. There were just a few too many fillers for me. ...more
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
I listened to the audiobook, read by the author, and wondered a few times if it would have been easier to follow and/or more enjoyable if I'd read it myself. There were a couple of stories that I found mildly humorous, but most were just okay to me. And I get a little annoyed when people try to assign a "spiritual" lesson to everything, because most of the time it is either a stretch or just flat-out bad theology. ...more
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
So many stories reminded me of my own family. I can't tell you how many times I heard my Papaw get up from the table with a toothpick in his mouth after eating a big meal and dessert and say "Now I need something salty to cut the sweet". And like Sophie's dad, he always found his way to Mayberry. I sure do miss him! ...more
Jennifer Hubert
Apr 11, 2015 rated it liked it
(3-1/2) a sweet book - nice change of pace from the "growing up Southern, and boy am I messed up because of it" that I seem to have read a fair amount of recently. A fair amount of biblical quotes, but I didn't mind them and she fit them in well. Becky and Ann Marie, I thought of y'all a lot while reading this! ...more
Heather Davis
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Gosh, I do love me some Sophie Hudson. Her voice is so clear in her stories. I really felt like I knew her family--every single one of them--when I finished reading and I wanted to put them all on my Christmas card list. In fact, I think we might even be related.
Ann Marie
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book made me so homesick - I could vividly hear some of the voices as I was reading.... And I did genuinely laugh out loud at least once or twice, too.
Lynn Hilbert
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great book! Made me laugh and cry. Reminded me of growing up in the south.
Kenya Starflight
I love a good epic novel full of adventure, intrigue, and drama... but just as implied by the title of this book, sometimes you need a little something different. Sometimes you want something light and fluffy, not dramatic or heartwrenching, and not every memoir or collection of reminiscences of the past needs to be about a traumatic childhood or the scars left by one's family. Sophie Hudson uses this book to look back on her life and remember the antics of her family, the lessons she took away ...more
Mary Pasquerette
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have to say that although I don't hail from the South, my mother-in-law's family is as southern as they get and Sophie's portrayal of southern family life was spot on! Reading her book made me feel as though I had been adopted into her family. I loved sitting around the table with them and enjoyed the tales of Martha and Sissie, Mamma and Choxie and the rest of the family. She sums it up perfectly on the last pages..."For the first half of my life, probably, I thought that the whole point of t ...more
Apr 05, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir, nonfiction
I enjoy Sophie Hudson. I read her BooMama blog and listen to her podcast off and on. This is the first book of hers that I've read. I find her incredibly likeable and authentic.

This book is a collection of essays and anecdotes about family life in the South. It is heartwarming Southern storytelling with food, family, and faith woven throughout. There is even a recipe section at the end! I loved that! I also enjoyed the spiritual encouragement that is found at the end of each chapter. This was a
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Boomama is a popular blog by Sophie Hudson that I’ve read off and on through the years, so I was happy to find this book of hers on sale for the Kindle a while back.

The book mainly is anecdotes about Sophie’s real life extended family and their quirks, interactions, and funny moments, undergirded with faith and life lessons.

I’ll admit that every now and then I felt a little like a guest at someone else’s family reunion, but that quickly faded as I got into the stories. Overall a very pleasant re
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loved this book full of Southern family stories. I listened on audiobook and hearing the author read the book was so funny. She did an excellent job storytelling + writing this book! I laughed out loud several times because yes, the stories were that funny. I also felt like I could relate to many of the things the author talked about. Technology challenged Grandmas and Grandmas who like to shop for two-piece sets (no, not swimsuits people, but two-piece sets!) at “The Goody’s” and “The Belk’s”? ...more
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is the anti-Will Durant or anti-Simon Winchester. While those authors of sweeping histories have sometimes left me with Existential angst, wondering if I even matter in a universe that rolls on like a Jagannath chariot that crushes worshippers in its path, the author of this sweet memoir reminds me that there is power in the small units of individuality and family, and what can save me from feeling insignificant is reminding myself that I am significant to the loved ones who depend on ...more
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Sophie Hudson loves to laugh more than just about anything. She began writing her blog,, in November 2005, and much to her surprise, she's stuck with it. Sophie hopes that through her stories, women find encouragement and hope in the everyday, joy-filled moments of life. A graduate of Mississippi State University, Sophie loves cheering like crazy at college football games and watching ...more

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