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Put on your rhinestone tiara and get ready for some catfish! In this delightful collection of essays, Mississippi-born Julia Reed proves beyond a doubt that despite its strip malls and office parks, the South is still a world unlike any other. With a penetrating eye and an abundance of comic talent, Reed dissects southerners' penchant for such popular pursuits as the possession of firearms, the consumption of rich food, and the enjoyment of a mint julepinduced buzz, not to mention their very own endearing vernacular.
From the enlightened southern gentry who encourage their fellow citizens to "Vote for the Crook" to a redneck who dispatched his buddy because he wouldn't keep his hands off the grill to a wife who fatally stabbed her husband over the last piece of dark meat from their Thanksgiving turkey, Reed describes a people and a place better understood without "any irritating fact or reason."
Reed, who divides her time between New Orleans and New York City, further spices up her book with recipes for distinctive southern favorites, including the "frozen tomato." Foodies from the South, as well as those from Yankee territory, will laugh aloud at Reed's encounters with gourmands who declare over their favorite desserts, "Oh my Lord, it would make you hurt yourself!" (Summer 2004 Selection)