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Dixie Al "So many books, so little time" (Fulmodestone, England)

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The Blackberry Farm Cookbook: Four Seasons of Great Food and the Good Life
The Blackberry Farm Cookbook: Four Seasons of Great Food and the Good Life
by Sam Beall
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £41.59

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant Tennessee Cooking Made Easy, 13 Dec. 2009
Sam Beall, owner of the extremely comfortable and elegant Blackberry Farm resort in Walland, Tennessee, in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains national park, has produced a beautiful work of art in The Blackberry Farm Cookbook. Is this an album of beautiful photographs of groaning tables and festive sideboards, of sheep safely grazing on hillside pastures, of gardens bursting with vegetables? Is it an easy-to-follow methodology, with recipes that an eager cook can prepare at home? Is it a collection of essays about the good life? It is all this, and beautifully presented. Cooks will appreciate the variations on old Southern favorites and those with an artistic eye will savour the beautiful photographs. People who have stayed at Blackberry Farm will cherish the book for the memories it will evoke, and those who have never visited will be inspired to do so. If only all cookbooks looked this good.

This is a coffee table book to be kept by the hearth for winter evening browsing. It's not small! The Blackberry Farm Cookbook is too beautiful to be isolated on a shelf for too long!

Their Eyes Were Watching God
Their Eyes Were Watching God
by Zora Neale Hurston
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sho does read well!, 4 July 2009
Reading Their Eyes Were Watching God takes us back to simpler times, though not necessarily easier ones. Being a Southerner myself, I find it easy to read the dialect of the characters; non-Southerners might struggle. One can easily see how Alice Walker delighted in Zora Hurston's playful use of words, and how it led her to become Hurston's literary daughter. Front porch life on the village store of Eatonville, Florida, is laugh-out-loud wonderful as rocking chair denizens play the dozens. Janey's life, however, goes from good to bad under the thumb of her Lord Mayor husband until she catches the eye of Tea Cake. There is much to love about Hurston's books, especially this one, and I would recommend it for anyone wanting a historic taste of black Southern life.

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