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Until she graduated from Radcliffe in the 1950s, Landon spent every summer in tiny Greensboro, Ga., at the luxuriously appointed home of her paternal grandparentsAknown as "Miss Lady" and "Judge," despite the former's married state and the latter's third-grade education. In keeping with petite Miss Lady's ultra-refined sensibilities, life in her many-gabled Victorian house was elegant and leisurely. Breakfast was served to her in bed, followed by dinner at 1:00 and supper at 7:00 in the rose-papered dining room, all painstakingly prepared and served by Henretta, the African-American cook. "Food," claims Landon, "...was not just something that assuaged our hunger while we concentrated on something else, but was a reality that lived in every moment it was prepared and eaten." That reality must have lasted quite a while, for the sumptuous menus that follow each gracefully written chapter require a good deal of time to prepare, not to mention eat and digest. Heavy on eggs, butter and cream and calling for such ingredients as truffles or a pound of caviar, dishes such as Aunt Virginia's Terrine of Pheasant, Caviar Tart or Crab Soup are not for anyone counting fat grams or pennies. Still, there are recipes for such traditional fare as Country Ham, Beaten Biscuits, Peach Ice Cream and Watermelon Rind Pickle. Landon's memoir is a loving and poignant tribute to people and a way of life gone by.
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It breathes, smells, and tastes like the South--an air of ultimate gentility pervades poet Landon's account of her summers spent in Greensboro, Georgia, with grandmother Miss Lady. Nearly a dozen stories act as levers for the same number of menus--64 recipes in total. For instance, the tale of Luann's first semester return from Radcliffe relates her baking of Tennessee jam cakes--and her premature sampling, followed by a complementary menu and instructions for the infamous cakes. Every chapter languidly exposes one moment in her life--the purloining of Miss Lady's dinner bell, for one--while revealing a southern spirit never lost. The lesson: memories are always enhanced by flavorful meals. Barbara Jacobs
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books; 1St Edition edition (May 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565122275
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565122277
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,990,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on September 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
Ms. Landon's book is wonderful. I am a Georgian who likesto write, read and cook. This book inspired me and brought back memories and stories from my now-deceased granny! I read it in one day and I hated to see it end. I hope Ms. Landon writes another, and another. It's a keepsake and i can't wait to recreate these recipes. I plan to give it to some of my friends for Christmas,
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This was a book that placed you in that time & space of the old South. The Tennessee jam cake is a recipe that my family has been looking for, for over 40 years since my grandmother passed away without leaving the recipe. I want to read more books by Ms. Landon, and hopefully, she has written more about her family's experiences.
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I loved this book because it brought the more recent past into focus. Ms. Evan's characters aren't drawn from the era of Gone With The Wind, but are tempered by the echoes of similar cultural standards. There is virtue in propriety, and she manages to evoke a nostalgia for the same. The recipes are wonderful, but will give the Yankees cardiac arrest!
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This is a lovely little book that makes you long for days gone by. I am an avid cookbook collector and currently intrigued with evertything Southern from the food to the mannerisms to the hospitality, so naturally this book appealed to me. After reading a breif excerpt about Miss Lady in "Southern Living" magazine, I ordered the book immedeately. The only dissapointment was the breifness of the book, I finished it in one afternoon. That could be because Ms. Landon had wonderful characters to write about and she is an enchanting storyteller. Her recollections of her upscale Southern upbringing are as priceless as the recipies that Henretta passed on. I have tried several of them; the Grapefruit Salad with Roquefort Dressing and the Creamed Spinach and Artichoke Hearts are both especially good. The recipies are fine, however, Ms. Landon's graceful prose is what makes this book a worthwhile read.
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By A Customer on April 27, 1999
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What a wonderful collection of rememberances written in my favorite language - food! The descriptions of blackberry cobbler, fresh peach ice cream and buttermilk pie will leave your mouth watering!
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By A Customer on June 27, 1999
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Anyone who's ever returned "home" to the South for a visit will appreciate this book. A nicely crafted book, you can smell the food and hear the people talking. Very enjoyable.
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When I read this delightful memoir, I felt like I had been invited to the best meals in town in the company of people who made me laugh and think. That's a good invitation to a lovely read.
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This book made me long to live her life with the sumptuous formal dinners and beautiful frocks. I never wanted this book to end. The recipies are definately attemptable. The last book of this type I read instructed to use on a "hot fire" or "slow coals". Not really the method I use.... I highly recommend this book, both for the food and the history.
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