Review: Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon

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☆☆➹⁀☆ 3 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆


What It’s About:

Reese Witherspoon’s grandmother Dorothea always said that a combination of beauty and strength made southern women “whiskey in a teacup.” We may be delicate and ornamental on the outside, she said, but inside we’re strong and fiery.

Reese’s southern heritage informs her whole life, and she loves sharing the joys of southern living with practically everyone she meets. She takes the South wherever she goes with bluegrass, big holiday parties, and plenty of Dorothea’s fried chicken. It’s reflected in how she entertains, decorates her home, and makes holidays special for her kids—not to mention how she talks, dances, and does her hair (in these pages, you will learn Reese’s fail-proof, only slightly insane hot-roller technique). Reese loves sharing Dorothea’s most delicious recipes as well as her favorite southern traditions, from midnight barn parties to backyard bridal showers, magical Christmas mornings to rollicking honky-tonks.

It’s easy to bring a little bit of Reese’s world into your home, no matter where you live. After all, there’s a southern side to every place in the world, right?

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My Thoughts:

Whiskey in a Teacup is an instruction manual on how to entertain and cook like a southern woman. Filled with childhood memories and advice for most social occasions, Reese Witherspoon provides readers with a lighter, warmer version of most hostess books (i.e., Martha S. and Ina G.).

The recipes look delicious, and I know I’ll attempt the shrimp and grits and buttermilk biscuit recipes as they are two of my favorite dishes.  I adored the paragraph on telephone etiquette because it is exactly how I asked my children to answer the phone.  The book is peppered with fantastic southern says from her mother, Betty, and grandmother, Dorothea.  My only disappointment is that I was expecting less of a hostess book and more of charming anecdotes about Miss Dorothea and Southern ladies.  My assumption, so the disappointment is mostly my fault.

Whiskey in a Teacup is likely to be adored by the author’s fans and those who follow her book club reading suggestions.  I enjoyed it, but I am happy that I borrowed it from the library.

Bless your heart, y’all!



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