Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love & Baking Biscuits

Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love & Baking Biscuits

Academy award–winning actress, producer, and entrepreneur Reese Witherspoon invites you into her world, where she infuses the southern style, parties, and traditions she loves with contemporary flair and charm.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 orna...

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Title:Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love & Baking Biscuits
Author:Reese Witherspoon
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Edition Language:English

Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love & Baking Biscuits Reviews

  • Candace

    Sweet tea, fried chicken, cheddar biscuits, Bluegrass music and BBQ. These are a few of the things I think about when I think of southern living. Southen hospitality, holiday decorating, monograms, fashion and makeup. These bring back memories of family and friends. Road trips (driving, not flying), drive-in theaters, and southern restaurants bring thoughts of visiting family and of family reunions. I've enjoyed going down memory lane with this book,

    . It reminded me of my sou

    Sweet tea, fried chicken, cheddar biscuits, Bluegrass music and BBQ. These are a few of the things I think about when I think of southern living. Southen hospitality, holiday decorating, monograms, fashion and makeup. These bring back memories of family and friends. Road trips (driving, not flying), drive-in theaters, and southern restaurants bring thoughts of visiting family and of family reunions. I've enjoyed going down memory lane with this book,

    . It reminded me of my southern roots and what made family and friends so important. In the hussle and bussle world, these things can be forgotten. It's time to slow down and get back in contact with them.

    A few passages from the book I enjoyed:

    Whiskey in a Teacup --

    This book satisfies A Book for All Seasons challenge number four: Who are you?

  • Tina

    I enjoy reading about, "The South." The lifestyle, fashion, food, and history fascinates me. I like Reese Witherspoon and her spin on how growing up in the South (Tennessee) influenced her life.

    This is a coffee-table type of book. It's not exactly a memoir but just her thoughts on how the South and her family traditions contributed to her outlook on life. The pictures are nice and the stories are cute. There are some standard southern recipes as well. There's nothing really new or substantial in

    I enjoy reading about, "The South." The lifestyle, fashion, food, and history fascinates me. I like Reese Witherspoon and her spin on how growing up in the South (Tennessee) influenced her life.

    This is a coffee-table type of book. It's not exactly a memoir but just her thoughts on how the South and her family traditions contributed to her outlook on life. The pictures are nice and the stories are cute. There are some standard southern recipes as well. There's nothing really new or substantial in the book but it's put together nicely and a joy to read. I found it rather sweet. It's a delightful book to flip through with a cup of tea (and perhaps a splash of whiskey.). Why not? Reese says that's the way in the South.

  • Julie

    Whiskey in a Tea Cup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love & Baking Biscuits by Reese Witherspoon is a 2018 Touchstone publication.

    I feel like I’ve watched Reese Witherspoon grow up. She was always so funny and seemed approachable. She has proven herself to be not only an accomplished actress, but a highly successful entrepreneur and businesswoman. However, she did face an uncomfortable moment in her life, a situation that may have been the catalyst that rededicated Reese

    Whiskey in a Tea Cup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love & Baking Biscuits by Reese Witherspoon is a 2018 Touchstone publication.

    I feel like I’ve watched Reese Witherspoon grow up. She was always so funny and seemed approachable. She has proven herself to be not only an accomplished actress, but a highly successful entrepreneur and businesswoman. However, she did face an uncomfortable moment in her life, a situation that may have been the catalyst that rededicated Reese to her southern roots.

    This is an adorable book, with wonderful color photos, recipes and lots of southern-isms. I’m from the south- born in the deep rural south, at that, moving around a great deal until I finally landed in Texas. So, I could relate to some of the rules and etiquette unique to the southern region.

    However, Reese’s version of southern is more suited to certain social classes than the one in which I was born.

    There's some old southern traditions Reese heartily embraces, that I simply couldn’t see myself reverting to, like wallpaper, for example. But, that’s probably just a matter of taste. I’m also not too big on bluegrass or country music, but again, that’s just me.

    However, I did enjoy her emphasis on civility, politeness, and manners. Those things should never go out of style. The book has a very upbeat and fun tempo, although at times I thought it went a little overboard, bordering on contrived.

    The book almost has the same lay- out as a women’s magazine might, centering on family traditions, popular eateries, decorating for various holidays, hosting dinner parties and of course the requisite recipes included. There are lovely photos of Reese and her children and her beautiful home, with anecdotes about her parents and grandparents.

    But, the book is also a memoir, and I think Reese’s message is that her southern upbringing is hardwired into her very being. No matter where she is living she still adheres to those values and principles. She’s matured and realizes that she can be a strong feminist voice, run her businesses and enjoy a successful career and still be a lady and enjoy doing things that makes her feel feminine, and brings her comfort and joy, as well.

    She enjoys the benefits of her success, has weathered a few bumps in the road, and learned to embrace a simpler life, creating a nice homey environment for her family and friends and still seems just as approachable as ever.

    This is a fun book and gives fans an intimate glimpse at Reese’s life away from Hollywood, which, by the way, is seldom mentioned. This is strictly about her personal time, her southern roots, and about fond family memories and influences that inspired her to become the person she is today.

  • Toni

    Update: Just received the ebook and I may need to update from 3 1/2 stars to 4 just for the pictures! Not only pics of Reese and her family, but her home and surrounding area. Nicely done. Plus, every recipe comes with a perfect picture. Oh my, am I gushing?

    Very light, but fun read (or listen) on Reese’s take on being a Southern woman. I like Reese as an actor and person so I was willing to continue listening to the very end. I say that because I feel this book is geared more toward twenty/thir

    Update: Just received the ebook and I may need to update from 3 1/2 stars to 4 just for the pictures! Not only pics of Reese and her family, but her home and surrounding area. Nicely done. Plus, every recipe comes with a perfect picture. Oh my, am I gushing?

    Very light, but fun read (or listen) on Reese’s take on being a Southern woman. I like Reese as an actor and person so I was willing to continue listening to the very end. I say that because I feel this book is geared more toward twenty/thirty-somethings, since to us mature women, it seems just common sense. It’s mostly about entertaining, decorating, food, etc. The best parts are when she talks about her grandmother Dorothea, and her Mom. Keeping memories is her best advice in my opinion.

    The audio comes with a PDF of recipes, etc. which I haven’t downloaded yet. I’m sure the ebook includes them. Reese narrates so it’s great to hear her voice However, do yourself a favor, while Reese does have a pleasant voice, the pictures in the ebook are much better. And who wants to fuss with downloading a PDF anyway. Go for the book! .

    Enjoy!

  • Jennifer

    Part memoir, part cookbook, part family tribute, part southern lifestyle guide...

    has a little bit of everything for those who enjoy the culture of Southern living and/or fans of the actress

    . In my personal opinion, it's not a super regrettable experience if you can't get your hands on it right away but it was indeed interesting to explore.

    I listened to the audiobook initially, wh

    Part memoir, part cookbook, part family tribute, part southern lifestyle guide...

    has a little bit of everything for those who enjoy the culture of Southern living and/or fans of the actress

    . In my personal opinion, it's not a super regrettable experience if you can't get your hands on it right away but it was indeed interesting to explore.

    I listened to the audiobook initially, which is narrated by

    herself, and she made reference to an attached PDF that provides visuals of recipes, photos, etc. Since I borrowed the audiobook from my library's database, I couldn't access the PDF (some compatibility issue), so I went a few days later to the bookstore to sneak a peek at the visuals. There are tidbits, notes, lists, ideas, etc. also that aren't in the audiobook. I'd have to admit, it probably would have been a tedious listening experience if they were all in there. I've listened to audiobooks where whole recipes were narrated and it is pretty pointless in my opinion. While I enjoyed listening to

    and her fiery Southern drawl, I'd have to recommend the physical book/ebook on this one...unless you are certain you can access the PDF on your device. Enjoy!

    Reese's Chicken Pot Pie Casserole

    Sauteed Baby Kale

    John's BBQ Sauce

  • Robin Bonne

    2.5 Stars. Reese Witherspoon reflects on what sets her apart as a southern woman. She is every bit as sweet as you imagine. I listened to her read the audiobook, which only took a couple hours.

    There weren’t any juicy life stories in here, so don’t bother if that is what you are looking for. The recipes and tutorials were mediocre at best.

  • Jennifer

    Witherspoon's book about southern living covers topics like food, decorating, and getting dressed up, but it doesn't have enough of any one topic to be useful. The recipes are common southern dishes that you've seen a hundred times and probably done better. When she says she scouts flea markets for little decorative items I don't believe her. I like her as an actress and admire her work as a producer, but this book is a cash grab. Review from e-galley.

  • Anelis

    0 stars for the memoire, 3 for the recipes

    ~random thoughts~

    The South is THE BESTEST!!!1

    Seriously this book is a huge collection of lists about, mostly, "the south" and how to be a proper lady/host/guest/cook/whatever.

    Very awkward attempt to advocate about the non-racism of THE SOUTH by listing the accomplishments of black women and men.

    But OF COURSE she would love gender reveal parties.

    "You don't have to lose your femininity to be a strong woman."

    A possible summary could be the quote "there's a

    0 stars for the memoire, 3 for the recipes

    ~random thoughts~

    The South is THE BESTEST!!!1

    Seriously this book is a huge collection of lists about, mostly, "the south" and how to be a proper lady/host/guest/cook/whatever.

    Very awkward attempt to advocate about the non-racism of THE SOUTH by listing the accomplishments of black women and men.

    But OF COURSE she would love gender reveal parties.

    "You don't have to lose your femininity to be a strong woman."

    A possible summary could be the quote "there's a time and a place for chewing gum."

    OF COURSE she monograms stuff.

    God damn this really feels like it was written in a past decade, I cannot imagine how a modern woman can be so clueless.

    Don't mind the recipes, it'll be fun to try them out. I cringe at the photos that look like ones from a catologue for expensive furniture.

    All in all, a very rich-and-white kind of book. I would expect this from Goop, but Witherspoon? I hoped for better.

  • Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا

    Legally Blonde wrote a book! I must get this one!

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