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It's a love letter to growing up in a Southern household...a delightful foray into the life of a 30-something...who revels in memories of family and food in the Mississippi Delta -- and the joys of raising a like-minded son. -- Today in Mississippi

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Born and raised in the Mississippi Delta, Keetha DePriest Reed grew up in a family big on get-togethers, reunions, and holidays, all of which tended to involve food and a lot of it. She earned a bachelor of science degree in hospitality management from the University of Southern Mississippi and studied journalism at the University of Mississippi graduate school. She previously published Culinary Kudzu: Recollections & Recipes from Growing Up Southern and has done award-winning public relations work, food writing for magazines and newspapers, recipe development, and catering. A member of the Southern Foodways Alliance and the Small Publishers Marketing Association and a founding member of the Mississippi Writers Guild, Keetha and her son live in Winona, Mississippi, where she reads, procrastinates like a champion, writes, and cooks. She is planning a third book.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Pecan Street Press (September 1, 2006)
  • ISBN-10: 0971987726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971987722
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,518,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reviewed by Olivera Baumgartner-Jackson for Reader Views (3/07)

Keetha DePriest Reed's "More Culinary Kudzu: Recollections and Recipes from Growing Up Southern" is part cookbook, part collection of wonderful essays on food, family and growing up Southern and altogether great fun. Reading her book made me want to get up and cook and at the same time do nothing and not feel guilty about it.

A deceptively slim volume of 172 pages, this book is packed with immense insight, great wisdom, yummy recipes and sweet reminiscences. As refreshing as a glass of freshly brewed iced tea on a sweltering hot summer day anywhere in the South, this is a book that you will want to keep - either in your kitchen cupboard for the recipes or by the bedside for the great, uplifting essays crafted by Ms. DePriest Reed. After reading and enjoying the book greatly, I also read the author's bio and I was immensely surprised that she is only in her thirties. Such wisdom in somebody so young is rare and I'd venture to say that she owes it at least in part to her obviously great upbringing.

The book is divided into six sections. The first five deal with the four seasons - plus an additional one, the holiday season. Appropriate recipes are interspersed with musings on food, family, friendship and life in general. Lots of great childhood memories as well as photos of author and her family illustrate well how celebrating food is an intricate part of living in the South. The recipes range from very simple to quite involved and cover all kind of dishes, from beverages to salads, main dishes, desserts, canned foods and more. The sixth section is an Appendix - where one can find more interesting information on various websites, places of interest, books and a brief author's bio.
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Believe me, this book would make the perfect gift for any woman you need to buy for - whether it's a gift exchange at the office, something for your mother-in-law, or a last-minute present for the neighbor who picked up your mail while you were away.

The book has cute reminiscences combined with practical recipes and decorating tips - all presented with quintessential Southern charm. The author, a former caterer, lives in the Mississippi Delta; this book combines her skill in hospitality with her journalistic abilities.

The book is divided into 5 sections: Sweet Summertime, Delta Fall, The Magic Season, Cold and Rainy, and Spring Scrooge. Thus, the tales and recipes are all basically arranged by season. For example, the "Sweet Summertime" chapter starts with a strong showing of those Southern classic recipes - grits, biscuits, cornbread and hummingbird cake. Meanwhile, the "Magic Season" chapter features fried turkey.

I have tried four of the recipes already - red velvet cupcakes, Christmas fruitcake cookies, garlic cheese grits and sausage-cheese balls. All four were quite tasty! Overall, the recipes in the book are all quite easy (except maybe those ice box rolls!) and are recipes that I would definitely be willing to try - and maybe adopt as my "own."

The sketches throughout the book also added a nice visual appeal to the book. The appendix included some of the author's favorite places, books, and sources for Southern foodstuffs. Enjoy!
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If you've read Culinary Kudzu, you know Keetha DePriest Reed has captured the spirit of the Mississippi Delta and its love of family, friends, storytelling and tradition through the universal language of--food, of course, where every occasion is marked by its signature recipe. Now, in More Culinary Kudzu, Reed captivates us again through the love-language of recipes. More Culinary Kudzu isn't just a cookbook...it's memoir, temptation, and celebration. Reed guides us through the seasons with dishes so delicious they've become a standard for holiday tables, and she traces community ties by the donor's name on a recipe card. In this day of fast food, little time, and grocery store cakes, More Culinary Kudzu reminds us that any day can be an Occasion when it's shared with love and food. More Culinary Kudzu is a must-have for your own cookbook collection, and one that can be shared with a child, your sister, your mother-in-law, your best friend...oh, just anybody. Go ahead, read More Culinary Kudzu, make a list of friends, and pick out your own day to celebrate...make it a tradition. Keetha DePriest Reed will show you how.
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By Timothy N. Putnam on February 13, 2007
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Let's get this straight before I even begin. I'm not a cook. Oh, I do cook, but I'm not "a cook." The thing about "More Culinary Kudzu, is that even I can perform the recipes and they "actually" turn out--like they're supposed to. In my family, we love dips and nibble foods, and this cookbook is filled with scrumptious recipes like sweet potato chips, hot crab dip (yum), and my husband's favorite, roasted pecans. And though author, Keetha Reed, admits to "not" liking grits, my family loves them and the garlic cheese grits are awesome. "More Culinary Kudzu" is a great gift item and a must for the cookbook collection, with lots of humor and stories of the south.
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