Have you gotten your hands on Reese Witherspoon’s new book yet? I was so excited to read “Whiskey in a Teacup”, got it from the library as soon as it came out, and by chapter one, I had ordered it on Amazon so I could keep a copy with me at all times. It was that good!
Each chapter is about a different facet of Reese’s southern heritage, including personal stories, lifestyle ideas, and really good recipes. The first chapter is called The Magic of Sweet Tea and her recipe for sun tea instantly reminded me that I hadn’t made it in a long time! Both of my parents grew up drinking sun tea and it’s something I love to make since it’s so easy and delicious. I literally put the book down and ran into the kitchen for a pitcher and some Lipton tea bags, then set it out to steep on the porch.
There is so much in this book that feels nostalgic and relatable for me. She talks about so many o the things I love so much: sweet tea, Steel Magnolias, monograms, lemonade, Dolly Parton, dinner parties, and biscuits.
The last chapter in the book is about community and giving back, which I’m so glad she included. Rightfully, the South has a pretty dark past and part of our heritage is undeniably shameful. But, the South is also rooted in community and supporting your neighbors. At least, that’s how it was when I was growing up. It’s a little different now because we’re in a world that’s more connected digitally, but less connected in person. That’s really, really sad to me, so I’m glad Reese talked about its importance in her book.
Okay, so the recipes in this book are also incredible. What I love is that Reese shared undeniably Southern dishes that have a lighter, healthier take. There’s everything from biscuits, fried chicken, and mud pie trifle to sautéed baby kale, strawberry salad, and baked brie. I’ve already made a couple of the recipes!
Overall, I just feel like Reese’s book was such a good representation of the South and all it has to offer. If you’re from this region, this is a must-own book. If you’re from elsewhere in the world and don’t know much about Southern culture, I highly recommend checking this book out, baking some cheddar biscuits, and turning on Steel Magnolias as soon as possible.