Whiskey In A Tea Cup
By Reese Witherspoon
Simon & Schuster
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’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. 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. Reese loves sharing Dorothea’s most delicious recipes as well as her favourite southern traditions, from midnight barn parties to backyard bridal showers, magical Christmas mornings to rollicking honky-tonks.
I have always loved and admired Reese Witherspoon. I am not normally someone who follows celebrities lives or cares much about them but there has always been something about Reese’s entrepreneurial spirit, her classy style and down to earth nature that I really love. I started to become a bigger fan of Reese when I found out about her online book club. Each month I normally take part in reading a book that Reese chooses. These books are always written by a female author or the main character stares as a strong female lead. I knew as soon as I saw this book that I wanted to read more about Reese’s life, her heritage and read more on her thoughts and opinions.
First of all I must say this book is beautifully laid out and designed. The photography throughout is beautiful and I love all the fonts and layouts. It’s probably one of the most beautiful books I have ever picked up. The only thing it was missing was one of those little silk bookmarks that are glued into the book to keep your place.
The book is sort of like a biography / memoir. Reese speaks fondly of her Grandmother Dorothea, this is where she got a lot of her customs, heritage and love for all things southern like the cooking and sewing. I am from the UK so don’t know much about southern America. I have family who live in Texas but I have yet to visit. This book has made me want to buy a plane ticket straight to Tennessee and eat loads of home-made delicious southern food like fried chicken or crisp salads or BBQ ribs! Reese speaks so highly of where she is from and her roots and is proud to be from where she is from, which is beautiful to read and persuades me even more to come and visit that part of the world one day.
For pretty much every chapter Reese gives a selection of recipes for a variety of occasions. I would love to try some in the future and also make the delicious ice tea or lemonade she writes about as well.
There is a chapter on book clubs, I was a little disappointed with this chapter as it was very short, she lists all the books that have previously been in the book club and also some recipes of book club snacks. I thought she would of given some advice on starting a book club or maintaining her Instagram book club but she didn’t.
This book gives you a great insight into Reese’s life and her family traditions and memories and her southern roots. The way she writes is very approachable and witty manner, you almost feel like she is sat in the room with you drinking ice tea and showing you a photo album.
This book is perfect to keep in your kitchen for the recipes or in your living area as a coffee table book for friends and family to pick up. I really enjoyed reading about Reese’s life and hope that I can incorporate a bit of her southern life into my own in the UK.
Do you like Reese Witherspoon? Have you read this book of hers yet? Or recommend any of her films? Katie x