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Being Dead Is No Excuse: The Official Southern Ladies Guide To Hosting the…

by Gayden Metcalfe

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A primer containing the etiquette of funeral luncheons in the South. Includes recipes. Hilarious, and yummy! ( )
  tloeffler | Sep 15, 2014 |
This is wonderful humorous prose about church ladies in the south, and a credible cookbook of comfort food to boot. ( )
  Denverbook | Feb 19, 2013 |
This is a must read by every Southern lady. It was hilarious, but true. The recipes sound great and I can't wait to try them - except not for a funeral. ( )
  rphalliburton | Sep 14, 2009 |
Being a huge fan of "Southern" humor, I could not wait to read "Being Dead is no Excuse." I was not disappointed. Being Southern born and bred, felt right at home reading her book, knowing that the rituals she described in the Mississippi Delta could just as easily be taking place in South Carolina (where I live) The story telling is funny, and the recipes are great. While most Southern ladies will already have a lot of recipes, it is still worth buying the book just for the stories. I would definately buy this book for any Southern Belle, as well as anyone who may want to be one. In fact, it could also be a handy reference for any transplanted "Yankees" who need an explanation for some of the more unusual funeral and death traditions of the South. ( )
  GamecockGirl | Mar 11, 2009 |
If you're Southern (and I am) even if you're not from the Mississippi Delta, you'll find a lot of folks and customs you know. I have often wondered why someone didn't write a cookbook with recipes of all the great "funeral food" that's common hear in the South. Up nawth? Now someone has! Being a fairly recent Episcopalian (jumped ship from the Methodist Church), I also appreciated the war between those two groups. A warning - don't read this in public. People will look at you funny when you laugh out loud. It's funny!
  louparris | Dec 21, 2007 |
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A Southern hostess shares the secrets of throwing the proper Southern funeral in a compilation of humor and recipes that answers such essential questions as: Can you be properly buried without tomato aspic? and Who prepares better funeral fare, the Episcopal ladies or the Methodist ladies?… (more)

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