This is a wonderful nostalgic collection of stories and recipes shared by the author to her niece. The recipes are Southern classics that range from cornbread to Coca Cola Jello. Many wonderful cake and pie recipes are included (lemon meringue, sweet potato, just to name a few) as well as cornbread, pot roast and a fantastic selection of casseroles. The stories at the beginning of each chapter are humorous and heartfelt and the author also offers her valuable advice to a new bride. My favorite stories were the ones about the missing Tupperware bowl with the snap lid and her parent's obsession with funeral planning.
I love this book! The recipes are over all simple and down-Home comfort food cooking. But most of all, I love the interesting stories written to accompany the recipes. It’s a cherished family heirloom for Katie’s family and an entertaining read for those of us who appreciate family and food. It didn’t disappoint one minute!
Every family has those special recipes that you look forward to enjoying at family get togethers. But its not just the food that is memorable, its the stories behind them. This book is a wonderful glimpse into a loving, but sometimes dysfunctional, southern family and the foods they willingly share with family, friends and guests. Fix you a bite, put your feet up and enjoy a great book!
I don't often write reviews: they are judgments that require my intimacy with the author invaded and dissected by parties I don't know and subsequent actions for which I may be partially (or totally) responsible. Okay, this time, I'll take that chance. Daphne Simpkins, you are amazing!! Your love for your family, your niece, your Lord is humble, deep and well-written. You connect on behalf of all four of you. (Okay, if I need to count at least for myself, it's Daphne, her family, her beloved niece, and the Lord -that's four! Yes! I got it right!). The recipes are simple, straightforward, and missing one In would like to have: chicken supreme. I wish you just hadn't brought it up, because now I'm dangerously "hankerin'" as my father used to say, even though we had to eat it with broccoli, too, the broc was on the side. The food is not really what this book is about, though, now is it.
This book is really about beloveds. Being loved. Loving. Christian love. Monumental love. Nonjudgmental love. Take your pick, but TAKE. It's about taking and mostly giving love, and so I will. I do, Daphne Simpkins, and I hope and pray everyone else does, too. Take care.
My niece is getting married and her name is Katie so it was just perfect and there are many classic basic recipes for her start out with and then progresses to a more involved recipes but so far she is really enjoying the read as well as the recipes
love reading all the simple, comforting recipes. And the family memories makes you want to go and ask all your family for their favorite recipes and a story to go along with. A very good book for brides that are going to move away from family.
People often pass down recipes and family stories, but Daphne Simpkins takes this common practice and creates a beautiful gift for her niece that touches the heart of the reader not only for her story-telling abilities, but because we can relate to the beautifully created setting. Breaking bread has always been an avenue of solidifying relationships and creating treasured memories. Blending the tradition of cooking for the family and preparing a loved one for a new chapter in her life by combining family memories in this book is just brilliant, and I am touched by the words and the generous nature of the author.
This is the perfect cookbook for me since I like to read cookbooks but don't like to cook, and I relish a book that gives more than it appears to promise. In this case, the "more," is a series of charming stories revolving around food and family life, capped off with funny and whimsical advice about cooking (and other life matters) that should allow any new bride (the Katie of the book) to relax and enjoy the adventure not only of cooking but of living life in truthful and zestful ways. Bon appetit!