Having a chat with a close friend’ that’s how you feel while reading this book. It’s easy readable but you really want to read it slowly so you can enjoy it for longer. Reese seems so down to earth, you wish she was your friend and you that you were a regular guest of her fancy dinner parties.
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 (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 favourite 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, right?
As you might already know the title of the book was inspired by Reese’s grandma Dorothea who used to say that it was a combination of beauty and strength that made southern women ‘whiskey in a teacup’.
Dorothea had a leading role in her life and you can find many examples of that in the book. She taught her a lot about what is like to be southern women and for what’s more how the values we all need to follow to be better people.
Do not expect an autobiography, because that’s not what the book is about. Yes, Reese does share some stories of her childhood but you can also find recipes, book recommendations, playlists and much more. Did I mention the stunning photos which you can find in the book, I think that they are amazing.
I truly enjoyed it and if you need a charming and warming book then go for it, it’s a great insight into her world.