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Dinner at Miss Lady's: Memories and Recipes from a Southern Childhood Paperback – May 1, 1999
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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