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Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love, and Baking Biscuits

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  25,259 ratings  ·  3,261 reviews
Listening length: approximately 3 hours

Academy award-winning actress, producer, and entrepreneur Reese Witherspoon invites you into her world, where she infuses the Southern style, parties, and traditions she loves with contemporary flair and charm.

Reese Witherspoon's grandmother Dorothea always said a combination of beauty and strength made Southern women "whiskey in a te
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Kindle Edition, 299 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Touchstone
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Christine Yes! She spends a lot of time talking about recipes, being a good friend, hostess, good southern manners and values. She also spends a great deal of t…moreYes! She spends a lot of time talking about recipes, being a good friend, hostess, good southern manners and values. She also spends a great deal of time talking about her grandparents and lessons she learned from them. Great for all ages!(less)
Gina Briganti If they like stories about family values and recipes, then yes.

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Julie
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Whiskey in a Tea Cup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love & Baking Biscuits by Reese Witherspoon is a 2018 Touchstone publication.

I feel like I’ve watched Reese Witherspoon grow up. She was always so funny and seemed approachable. She has proven herself to be not only an accomplished actress, but a highly successful entrepreneur and businesswoman. However, she did face an uncomfortable moment in her life, a situation that may have been the catalyst that rededicated Reese to
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Jennifer
Jun 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
Witherspoon's book about southern living covers topics like food, decorating, and getting dressed up, but it doesn't have enough of any one topic to be useful. The recipes are common southern dishes that you've seen a hundred times and probably done better. When she says she scouts flea markets for little decorative items I don't believe her. I like her as an actress and admire her work as a producer, but this book is a cash grab. Review from e-galley. ...more
Carmen
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Only huge fans of Witherspoon
Mostly inane.

Now, another thing you'll find in most Nashville homes is a wide array of patterned wallpaper. Let's discuss wallpaper for a minute... I love wallpaper. Almost every room in my house is wallpapered. Wallpaper can make a little room, such as a powder room, into a big surprise. My powder room has wallpaper with giant fish on it... all these fish, just swimming around without a care in the world. And don't get me started about a bird motif... pg. 35

Or, for example, she has "An Ode to Q
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Amina
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Hey y’all! Mind your manners, love your family, don’t act ugly, get or give something monogrammed, and bake something with peaches or pecans. There, I saved you $20.
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Review later....

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Victoria
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, bless her heart, Reece Witherspoon has written a primer on being Southern and it’s as charming as she is. From the dedication to the last word, there is an authenticity and warmth that permeates this offering and I enjoyed a few hours in her company.

From chapter titles such as ‘If It’s Not Moving, Monogram It,’ to ‘My Did Do Language & Notes on Southern Conversation’ complete with pronunciation key, her self-effacing wit and humor come through as she takes us on a journey through her roots
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Jennifer
Part memoir, part cookbook, part family tribute, part southern lifestyle guide...Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love & Baking Biscuits has a little bit of everything for those who enjoy the culture of Southern living and/or fans of the actress Reese Witherspoon. In my personal opinion, it's not a super regrettable experience if you can't get your hands on it right away but it was indeed interesting to explore.

I listened to the audiobook initially, which
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Brandice
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love & Baking Biscuits is a modern day guide to being the quintessential Southern hostess with the mostest, by Reese Witherspoon.

I recently received this book as a gift and though I predicted I’d enjoy it, I liked it more than I anticipated I would. I’ve been a long time fan of Reese Witherspoon and to me, this book highlights the personable vibe she appears to emanate. It is worth noting for Reese fans though, this book is
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Tina
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: southern
I enjoy reading about, "The South." The lifestyle, fashion, food, and history fascinates me. I like Reese Witherspoon and her spin on how growing up in the South (Tennessee) influenced her life.

This is a coffee-table type of book. It's not exactly a memoir but just her thoughts on how the South and her family traditions contributed to her outlook on life. The pictures are nice and the stories are cute. There are some standard southern recipes as well. There's nothing really new or substantial in
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Anelis
0 stars for the memoire, 3 for the recipes

~random thoughts~

The South is THE BESTEST!!!1

Seriously this book is a huge collection of lists about, mostly, "the south" and how to be a proper lady/host/guest/cook/whatever.

Very awkward attempt to advocate about the non-racism of THE SOUTH by listing the accomplishments of black women and men.

But OF COURSE she would love gender reveal parties.

"You don't have to lose your femininity to be a strong woman."

A possible summary could be the quote "there's a
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The Story Girl
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gave-up-on
This could alternately be titled, The Rich White Woman's Guide on How to Live as a Rich White Woman in the South.

I picked this up from the library a couple of weeks ago, read about 100 pages, and had a lot of thoughts on it. But I never wrote them down, and now the book is due back and I had no interest in picking it up again, so I can't really comment much beyond that.

All I can say is, I've lived most of my life in the South, and I couldn't relate to a single page in this book. And it has me qu
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My_Strange_Reading
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
I should have known when she introduced it and explained what the book would be that it was not my cup of tea, but I did the audible anyway and wish I could get those 2hrs and 47 minutes back. Yes, that's how short this book is. It's fluffy, it's full of all the southern charm you can get from any book about the south and it's just not what I was expecting. I guess when I hear whiskey in a teacup, I think the book with have some bite to it, but no, it was all sweet and sugar and I didn't find it ...more
Toni
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Update: Just received the ebook and I may need to update from 3 1/2 stars to 4 just for the pictures! Not only pics of Reese and her family, but her home and surrounding area. Nicely done. Plus, every recipe comes with a perfect picture. Oh my, am I gushing?

Very light, but fun read (or listen) on Reese’s take on being a Southern woman. I like Reese as an actor and person so I was willing to continue listening to the very end. I say that because I feel this book is geared more toward twenty/thir
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Candace
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-5-star
Sweet tea, fried chicken, cheddar biscuits, Bluegrass music and BBQ. These are a few of the things I think about when I think of southern living. Southen hospitality, holiday decorating, monograms, fashion and makeup. These bring back memories of family and friends. Road trips (driving, not flying), drive-in theaters, and southern restaurants bring thoughts of visiting family and of family reunions. I've enjoyed going down memory lane with this book, Whiskey in a Teacup. It reminded me of my sou ...more
Diane
Dec 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: southern-charm, food
This is a thoroughly charming book from Reese Witherspoon. She shares favorite recipes, her tips for throwing good parties, her advice on dressing well (and how to use hot rollers), and has lots of sweet stories about her childhood in the South and life lessons from her grandparents and parents.

The book is also filled with lovely photographs, and reading this was a perfectly pleasant experience. My favorite sections were the longer personal essays and family anecdotes Reese includes, such as how
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Mehrsa
Jul 17, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm sad I read this because I actually really like Reese and I thought she had more depth. Perhaps she does, but this book does not demonstrate that at all. It's basically all about southern "manners". It's all "always RSVP" and how to do rollers on your hair and how to do table settings. I guess it's Reese in Sweet Home Alabama and not Little Fires or even legally blonde. ...more
Tina
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-books
I love watching movies Reese Witherspoon is in, so when I saw she wrote a book I had to read it. I also grow up in the South. I found this book very funny and I really enjoyed reading it.
Lorna
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love, & Baking Biscuits was a delightful memoir of what growing up in the south meant to actress and author Reese Witherspoon. It was a wonderful change of pace, packed with the wisdom of her grandmother Dorothea, and many wonderful recipes, one I had to save - the iconic black-eyed peas with collard greens for New Years Day celebrations. Having spent a lot of time traveling through the South in recent years, I enjoyed this ...more
Tammy
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: release-2018
If you want something to lift your spirits and keep you smiling, this is it!
Written with Reese’s fun personality and charm this is all about her life in the South, funny southernisms and how she entertains friends.
Take a peek at hot-rolling your hair, baking up a mess of cheddar biscuits or sipping a ‘sun brewed’ glass of sweet tea with Reese’s how-to’s + recipes. My fav chapter, The Perfect Bookclub paired with a bookclub menu.. I mean, just that chapter alone, sold!
Sharon Huether
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography, cookbook
A wonderful combination of Reese Witherspoon's life and her grandmothers inspirations and receipes
plus a quote " My mother and grandmother and their friends taught me that finding"Pleasure at home"-whether in a family dinner or a book club or a backyard barbecue- can give us the strength to go out into the world and do incredible things".
There are dinner menus for all occasions, plus a play list of music.
All these wonderful inspirations will give the reader such good ideas for their get together
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Anne ✨
Apr 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food-drink
This book is a little bit of everything: memoir, recipes, and southern lifestyle guide. The photography is stunning, and I enjoyed the bits of 'memoir' of Reese's childhood growing up in the south and the family values of her grandparents and parents. The lifestyle advice portions felt at times a bit superficial and perhaps a bit aristocratic, but Reese is very genuine, caring, and gives back, so she's able to pull this off in a sweet way. It's a lovely ode to southern lifestyle and culture. ...more
Robin Bonne
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir-and-essay
2.5 Stars. Reese Witherspoon reflects on what sets her apart as a southern woman. She is every bit as sweet as you imagine. I listened to her read the audiobook, which only took a couple hours.

There weren’t any juicy life stories in here, so don’t bother if that is what you are looking for. The recipes and tutorials were mediocre at best.
Stefanie Kellum
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having deviled eggs on Reese Witherspoon’s porch is definitely on my bucket list now. This is a sweet and heartfelt love letter to the South with yummy recipes and personal stories thrown in.

*I read a digital ARC of this title from the publisher via Edelweiss.

☮Karen
My opinion of books changes greatly with the mood I'm in so with the current state of affairs, it may not have been best to listen to perky perky perky Reese Witherspoon rattle on about her perfect life and family and all her dinner parties that no one can attend right now or the wonderful recipes for which the stores are currently out of ingredients. I tried to go with a lighter book, and it certainly is that, but it made me depressed. At a different time I think I'd give this 4 stars as I seri ...more
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
This is a charming book that covers everything quintessentially Southern. Realistically, there's absolutely nothing new or super creative here; the recipes are all classic dishes and the information provided will have Southerner's nodding in agreement/understanding and may get a giggle from someone not familiar with the Southern culture. I do love the design layout and photographs included and enjoyed the hour I spent with it start to finish. ...more
Jami Balmet
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was light, fun, and so cute! I had no idea what to expect from this book so I decided to listen to it from Scribd since I’ve always loved Reese and it was a really fun listen! Reese reads the book herself which is fun and it made me want to move to Nashville right now 😍 The Hard cover copy is now on my wish list ;)
Andee
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Why did I buy this book? I’ve had such guilt about it since the moment I tossed it in the cart. Love Reese Witherspoon films, she’s a great actress. Cannot stand Reese Witherspoon the hypocritical lying person. Ever since she had her DUI during which she was horribly obnoxious and rude to the police officer and pulled the - Don’t you know who I am! - line, which is always so disgusting. Who she truly is doesn’t really square up with her carefully cultivated, cutesy little image of a sweet, well ...more
britt_brooke
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m a bad southern woman. 😆 I don’t wear a lot of color or patterns, no lipstick, definitely no monograms, and I haven’t a clue how to roller my hair, but I adore Reese and loved listening to her talk about growing up in Nashville. If you listen to the audio, be sure to check out the PDF which is full of pretty photos, family recipes, and party playlists.
Donna
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a quick and fun read. I like Reese Witherspoon. She seems sweet and genuine and this memoir showed that BIG time. She is the one actress that my husband insists on seeing her movies on the big screen when they come out. (BTW, Hugh Jackman is mine.)

She shared her southern experiences and I found that charming. She shared her recipes too. Overall, this was a fun read.
Jesse Doogan
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook, 2018
Whiskey in a Teacup: How to be a Rich, White, Southern Lady from the South, which is a Perfect Place with No Problems

I was very much set up to like this book. I like party-throwing! I like folksy wisdom! I like pretty and frivolous things! I listened to this while I baked pies for Thanksgiving (more pies than anyone wanted! Before helping to way over-decorate for our small family party! I am telling you, I should have been the target audience!), and hoo-boy, did it just not sit right with me. Sh
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Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon is an American actress, producer, and entrepreneur. She is the recipient of several awards, including an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, a BAFTA Award, and two Golden Globe Awards. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and raised in Tennessee, she began her career as a teenager, making her professional screen debut in The Man in the Moon (1991), for which she was no ...more

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