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Now in her 80s, writer Angelou, a food lover who has struggled with weight and health concerns, learned the value of portion control. In this cookbook, she recommends eating great food (no calorie counting) in small portions all day long. Her recipes come from childhood and from her travels and include reworked concoctions influenced and inspired by other cookbooks she loves. Angelou breaks the rules of what to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with recipes for meals to eat any time of the day. The emphasis is on food so flavorful that whenever it is eaten, it is savored and so satisfying that small portions are enough. Among the recipes for creamy pork hash, chicken tetrazzini, Swedish hash, and oxtail stew are recollections from her life and commentary on acquired tastes and eating beyond physical fullness. In addition to the meat dishes are sections for vegetarians and recipes for soups and desserts. Gorgeous illustrations and extended commentary add to the appeal of this book. --Vanessa Bush

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Praise for Maya Angelou’s Hallelujah! The Welcome Table
 
“A tour-de-force collaboration of two of Angelou’s major passions—writing and cooking . . . She also shares the poignant, pithy and sometimes hilarious memories that accompany each dish.”
—Ebony
 
“Poet and literary legend Maya Angelou is as mighty with her spoon and spatula as she is with her world-renowned pen.”
—Chicago Sun-Times
 
“Serious comfort food . . . The poet’s life [is] laid out like a colorful banquet. . . . Meals serve as metaphors for life experience.”
—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
 
“The life of the poet-autobiographer . . . comes even more alive through plumes of aromas, a palette of flavors and a recipe box of memories.”
—Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“Each recipe is thoughtfully conceived and made even more enticing by the personal history attached to it. . . . The result is as divine as the woman herself, full of flavor, passion and hard work.”
—Oakland Tribune
 
“[Readers] will find not only a wealth of dishes . . . but a close-up, personal glimpse of a compelling writer and her family.”
—New York Daily News
 
“Written in the exuberant tone of an impromptu dinner gathering.”
—Newsweek
 
 
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1 edition (December 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400068444
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400068449
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maya Angelou has been waitress, singer, actress, dancer, activist, filmmaker, writer and mother. As well as her autobiography she has written several volumes of poetry, including 'On the Pulse of the Morning' for the inauguration of President Clinton. She now has a life-time appointment as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

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Maya Angelou is a treasure in her own right and her philosophy concerning food and cooking is well done in this book. The main advice, which is simple enough, is: eat in small portions, sensibly. She does not worry so much about cutting fat and calories, but enjoy the food you have in a small portions, wait 20 minutes and you will probably fill full.
She gives recipes for dishes and then what can be prepared with the left overs, another bit of good advice to avoid wasting food and the leftover aversion that so many seem to have.

She gives stories throughout the book, so it is a cookbook to read, as well as to cook from. It contains recipes for , crown pork, prime rib, roasted chicken and 2 or 3 `leftover' recipes for each. There are also appetizers, a variety of meat based dinners, such as London Grill and Shepherd's Pie, some really different ideas for breakfast, some vegetarian dishes, soups, breads, salads and 2 desserts.
There are pictures for some dishes and most are relatively simple to make and serve and would please nearly all families and even friends and company in your home.
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This cook book is amazing! We are a family of 6 with one income. The items in the book were inexpensive to purchase and the meals were great! It is not cheap to eat healthy but this book is great for budgets!
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Really an enjoyable cookbook to read. I've already tried several of the recipes. One of the recipes, however, "Sweet Potato McMillian", called for a very expensive liquer, which I won't be cooking again!
Being single, I also have to halve the recipes. Seem that all were made for having dinner guest.
The personal antedotes are a great added touch.
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I love Maya Angelou and I love to eat so when I saw this offering, I couldn't resist. I'm somewhat disappointed in that as a cookbook it should have a binding that enables it to fully open on the counter (not necessarily spiral-binding, as my old New York Times cookbook isn't spiral but opens fully). Also these are nice recipes but only a few of them have pictures of what the end results should look like. I enjoy her stories that go along with the recipes but I wish it was set up as a functional cookbook not a coffee table book with recipes in it.
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I've read it from cover to cover, selected quite a few recipes I'm anxious to try out and I like eating a little now and coming back in 2-3 hours for a little more, "great food, all day long"! Thank You, Maya Angelou!!!
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I probably have 200 cookbooks and this one ranks in my top 5, maybe even to 2! The stories are wonderful and the recipes are full of ingredients I'm not use to using with the outcome always dead on. A must.
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If you want an alternative to the everyday meal, this cookbook will expand you cooking experiences. There is nothing to be afraid of, just follow the recipes and use the right ingredients and you will produce excellent dishes that will amaze even the best of cooks. So get into the kitchen, bang some pots and have fun while learning how to cook new cuisine.
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This book is great for people who wants to eat light but yet fulfilling. The recipes are easy and the food required to prepare are easily found. Little or no time need for preparation.

The most important information is that the meals are healthy. Since most of us are trying to cut back on the heavy meals, why not give it a try.
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