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Mrs. Whaley Entertains: Advice, Opinions, and 100 Recipes from a Charleston Kitchen Hardcover – January 10, 1998


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books; 1st edition (January 10, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565122003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565122000
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #972,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charleston, that slightly starchy though gracious Southern city, seems an unlikely place to have made a heroine of the decidedly unstarchy Emily Whaley. Yet Mrs. Whaley's remarkable garden was a standard stop for many years on the Historic Charleston Foundation's annual garden tour, and Mrs. Whaley (who, despite her gregarious informality, had impeccable Southern bloodlines) was a popular social fixture, having founded the Cotillion, the city's most upscale dancing school. Entertaining was Mrs. Whaley's second-favorite hobby, and Mrs. Whaley Entertains is a slim, delightful collection of family anecdotes and timeless Southern recipes, salted liberally with Mrs. W.'s strong opinions ("Never serve anything to a guest that you haven't made successfully two or three times and made quite totally yours") and abundant good humor ("A good hostess simply wants you to enjoy yourself and won't care a whit if you refuse something as ungodly looking as an oyster"). Emily Whaley died in June 1998; this pleasant guide to Southern hospitality is a fitting memorial. --Barrie Trinkle

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"The tone is decidedly gracious and unhurried, and the storytelling is spellbinding." -- Booklist

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 7, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed "visiting with" Mrs. Whaley again, although perhaps not as much as in her gardening book. When reading, you feel as if you are sitting in front of her, engaged in listening to stories about Charleston, her past, and her family, and about making guests feel at home. I don't think the recipes will take the world by storm--most are variations on old favorites. But you pick up tidbits about entertaining and the relaxed southern style. This book and/or her gardening book would make wonderful gifts, and would be perfect to tuck into a gift basket along with some other items. It is the kind of book you want to pick up when you've had a hard day or have a rainy afternoon to enjoy!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Mathews on November 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I care very little about cooking, but I care very much about this book after having re-read it several times. Mrs. Whaley exemplified a particular Southern specimen that used to be known as "old ladies", with both of the words intended as compliments--it was an accomplishment in a region subject to disease and storms to grow old, and it was also an accomplishment to be known as a lady, which should never be confused with having money. In this book, Mrs. Whaley was pleased to share the lessons that living into her eighties provided her, with never a word of complaint about wars, hurricanes, widowhood, changing societal mores, or anything else. To the end of her life, she delighted in acquiring the latest tools and gadgets, she entertained prodigiously, she was much amused by the minor scrapes and foibles of her young adult grandchildren, and she maintained one of the most celebrated gardens in a gardening-mad city. Reading this book is like sitting down for a long afternoon before the fireplace with the grandmother we all wish we had, enjoying a long chat over delicacies that she prepared herself in her kitchen. I may never use any of the recipes, but I'm already using some of her lessons about living life joyously and cultivating friendships.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Nancy C. Hewitt on December 29, 1999
Format: Hardcover
How I would have loved knowing Mrs. Whaley beyond the pages of her books. She has the most deliciously charming perspective on a world gone by and presents her recollections with a spirit right at home in today. She's observes with pithy candor and humor and reading her nuggets of advice is a real treat. Besides, the recipes look marvellous--and very Southern.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martywha on August 1, 2013
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This book is written by an extraordinary woman whose charming recollection of her Lowcountry origin and her years in Charleston with her lawyer husband are entertaining and captivating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tashi on February 29, 2012
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We just visited Charleston again recently and happened across Mrs. Whaley's grave site at the St. Phillips Church. The site, with flowers blooming, is as lovely as her delightful book. I have enjoyed reading the book more than once, and giving it as a gift. This is the perfect hostess gift, especially for people who love the South in general, and Charleston in particular. Meeting Mrs. Whaley would have been a rare treat!
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By Susan B. Clancy on July 5, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Indeed, mrs. Whaley Entertains! A delicious Book!
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