Resource: Whiskey in a Teacup

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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. Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love, and Baking Biscuits is her contribution to lifestyle entertaining.

Since I was born and raised in the South, and also had a very special grandmother who baked the best biscuits and breads, I knew this book was going to be a party book I needed to check out.

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 ornamental on the outside, she said, but inside we’re strong and fiery.

Reese’s Southern heritage informs her whole life, and she loves sharing the joys of Southern living with practically everyone she meets. She takes the South wherever she goes with bluegrass, big holiday parties, and plenty of Dorothea’s fried chicken. This book is partly a memoir and her thoughts on  how the South and her family traditions contributed to her outlook on life.

It’s reflected in how she entertains, decorates her home, and makes holidays special for her kids—not to mention how she talks, dances, and does her hair (in these pages, you will learn Reese’s fail-proof, only slightly insane hot-roller technique). Reese loves sharing Dorothea’s most delicious recipes as well as her favorite southern traditions, from midnight barn parties to backyard bridal showers, magical Christmas mornings to rollicking honky-tonks.

It’s easy to bring a little bit of Reese’s world into your home, no matter where you live. After all, there’s a Southern side to every place in the world, or so we Southerners think.

Now if you are looking for a detailed party manual, this is not the book for you. But if you enjoy Reese’s cheery personality and her take on being Southern, then this will be a fun read.

This book is available online.

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