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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312359578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312359577
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Julia Reed is another Southern writer with a fine hand for storytelling and cooking. Though you'll want to cook from her book, first you'll want to take it to the porch hammock to read. Each tasty tale - from her collard green chronicle to her Frozen Assets anecdote on ice cream - will whet your appetite for more."--The Post and Courier (SC)
“[A] charming collection. Reed's wit and her eye for the telling historical detail shine through.” –The Times Picayune
"No matter what your tastes, Ham Biscuits has something to tempt your taste buds."--The Clarion Ledger

About the Author

JULIA REED is a contributing editor at Newsweek, where she writes the magazine's Food and Drink column. She is author of Queen of the Turtle Derby and Other Southern Phenomena and The House on First Street, My New Orleans Story. Reed lives in New Orleans.


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Ms. Reed could be writing about my childhood!
M. Belchic
Liked the Kindle version enough to get a hard copy - can't get the iPad out of my husband's hands long enough to use in the kitchen!
Cynthia Goulet
I thoroughly enjoyed these recollections, the chatty tone, the advice, and the accompanying recipes.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Classicdude on July 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Greenville, Mississippi, native and former Manhattanite Julia Reed (now of New Orleans) compiled a collection of essays on Southern food and hospitality that are as amusing as they are informative. Recipes of classic Southern dishes supplement the book. Unfortunately there is no index. And sadly there are no illustrations or photographs. But the author manages to successfully describe colorful scenes with mouth-watering results. This book would be appreciated by fine Southern cooks and a great gift for those who aspire to be.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By AH on July 14, 2008
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Ham Biscuits, Hostess Gowns, and Other Southern Specialties: An Entertaining Life (with Recipes)

What a charming, lovely, and fun book! I received it yesterday, and devoured 100 pages the first night! The author has a wonderfully descripitive, humorous voice. The book is made up of short essays that include eveything from personal backround, to culinary history, to cocktail party how-to's, to lively charatcter descriptions. Each essay is then followed by a few delightful, often historical, recipes. I wish I could meet some of the eccentric characters from the author's childhood...hostess gowns, toast points, and fancy cigarette holders! This true-blue Bostonian highly recommends this charming book! Love it!!!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Winter Maiden on February 5, 2009
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I understand the reviewers who object to the lack of photos or the author's hostess-with-the-mostest name-dropping, but consider the source: the book is a collection of food columns (with recipes, as the title informs us), not a cookbook. As for me, I loved this book, which fed my ex-pat Southerner's heart with both the food and the 'tude.

As one who is still mourning the loss of my copy of "Queen of the Turtle Derby" to a co-worker who moved away without returning it, I consider Julia Reed one of the best at the lighter side of Southern Studies. Not quite up there with Florence King, John Shelton Reed, and Roy C. Blount, but darn near. Light years ahead of Celia Rivenbark (who writes not-particularly-Southern Bombeckish pieces about suburban ladies-who-shop) or those Potato Queen people.

Maybe it's just that the Delta is so close to my own Memphis origins, and Reed close to my own age, but despite our very different lives (I've never run around in diplomatic circles myself, nor hung out in Manhattan cocktail spots), I often find myself on the same page in my attitudes, particularly my notions of romance, glamour, and comfort. I find her style graceful and succinct, and I happily forgive the "my very good friend" name-dropping (which does get old) for her description of a garden party of her childhood or of a classically Southern blending of food, sex, and literature in the service of a doomed romance. Plus, I was inspired to make homemade pimiento cheese for the first time--it's something I never cared for as a child, but now I'm a convert.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By P. Jasinski on December 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Born and raised in the south, I appreciated this book as a present recently. Was looking forward to the recipes and some eccentric family tales about southern families. What I read were a lot of stories generally set up to tell the reader that Julia Reed knows a lot of famous people, because she is VERY important. I found her writing style almost offensive. Ms. Reed seems to have lost her southern charm somewhere along the way. It's a very odd contrast sitting next to the way-down-home recipes for things like pimento cheese spread.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Goulet on May 5, 2013
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I enjoyed the book and looked forward to trying the recipes. Liked the personal stories intermixed with the recipes. If you are a southerner you will certainly know where Julia is coming from with her comments. Liked the Kindle version enough to get a hard copy - can't get the iPad out of my husband's hands long enough to use in the kitchen! Sorry Amazon but can't use the original Kindle in the kitchen just not user friendly.

Have now tried 3 of the recipes and I'm not impressed. Two have ended up in the trash and one was used out of desperation. Not planning to waste anymore time or money on the book. Sorry Julia - I really wanted to like it
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By roadtripper8 on April 1, 2010
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If you are interested in a laundry list of the author's famous friends and all the designer clothes her mother wore during her childhood, this is the book for you. The South's hospitality and charm has always been what makes it unique. Julia Reed's book focuses on none of these; snobbery and name-dropping litter most of the pages. The book's only saving grace are its recipes (most of which are not even her own but rather from one of her millions of famous friends).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Davieau on August 11, 2008
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Julia Reed's breezy writing style and obvious love for her subject matter take this collection of essays and recipes from just interesting to fascinating. I love this book and am systematically working my way through the recipes as well. I am not from the south,but her first collection of essays gave me a much better understanding of this region, and this one increased my interest. This is a great essay collection from a great writer.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Monique B. Lehnhardt on July 7, 2013
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Sorry I bought this one. Full of self-aggrandizing, name dropping and totally lacking the humor and charm one would have expected. Julia Reed would be better served to learn from some of the other more gracious female writers who hail from her part of the Delta. They understand the difference between humor and self-promotion at the expense of those she claims to know. Should have spent more time in cotillion. Stick with Celia Rivenback and Marlyn Schwartz and Rhona Rich. They know how.
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