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

by Gayden Metcalfe

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"The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral" is charming and has some great casserole recipes. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 16, 2016 |
How to be dead, put on a funeral, take care of an obituary, put on a wake Delta style.... What is important, what is an on the edge, and what is a would-not-be-caught-dead doing guide.

I suppose this is funny? Maybe....maybe not.

I did like the recipe for Bourbon Boiled Custard.... ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
A Southern belle is capable of hostessing any function in a demure and lady-like demeanor and this includes the perfect funeral. This book's focus is mainly on the reception and food that are the focus after the service and these two gracious ladies are good enough to tell us all what is acceptable funeral fare and what is not. This is one of only three times that the good china and real silver make an appearance (the other two being weddings and christenings) and polishing the silver is considered a Southern lady's "grief therapy". What is served on the china and silver is freely commented upon, favorably or not, by attendees for days after the event. Tomato aspic is a must, as are caramel cakes, cheese straws, stuffed eggs, butter beans, fried chicken and 'Southern pate' (aka pimiento cheese). We are given a list of staples that every Southern lady must have in her cupboard so that a suitable funerary casserole may be whipped up at the drop of a hat, or body, so to speak. Hymns that are acceptable (i.e. those that do not cause uncontrollable sobbing, or have too many high notes for the choir) are suggested.

Obviously this book is written with a great deal of humor with tongue planted firmly in cheek. It is chockful of recipes ("to die from") and wonderful stories. The book is short and fun and is just one of several in the "Southern Ladies' Guides" that I hope to read. ( )
  Ellen_R | Jan 15, 2016 |
Great combination of humor and good food ( )
  haikupatriot | Nov 19, 2015 |
This is the official Southern ladies guide to hosting the perfect funeral, including great recipes......
  SABC | Nov 2, 2014 |
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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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