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Puttin' on the Grits: A Guide to Southern Entertaining

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  188 Ratings  ·  22 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 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 entertaini ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 21st 2005 by Dutton Adult (first published October 10th 2004)
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Aug 19, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alabama
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
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-finish
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.
Aug 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
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.
Dec 02, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2009-12
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.
Mar 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 14, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Jul 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Love it! Great for southern girls who like to entertain!
Jul 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summer fun.
Becky Webster
Feb 25, 2011 rated it liked it
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
May 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
this is turning out to be a fun little read. have sweet tea handy....
Jul 19, 2009 added it
Boring! and preachy
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Apr 24, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read07, southern
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.
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Shelves: 600s
no index, too precious
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Deborah Ford is the founder of Grits, Inc., a merchandising company specializing in women's apparel.

In 1995, Ford--then a high school volleyball coach in Alabama--began printing T-shirts emblazoned with "Girls Raised in the South" to inspire her players. The response she received was so overwhelming that she quit her teaching job and took her products to an apparel trade show. Her multimillion-do
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