Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon is an artfully curated rendition of southern traditions and recipes. More froth than cream, Reese uses anecdotes from her childhood in Nashville to solidify her position as a lifestyle authority.
Reese covers a wide range of silly topics, from how to catch a frog (be quiet, you have to sneak up on it), road trip play lists (Happy Trails by Roy Rogers?), monograms, wicker and wallpaper, and hot rollers.
But she also talks about her love of reading, fostered by her grandmother. Books became an integral part of her world, they shaped her view of the south, of relationships and of women. She shares her love of book stores and book festivals and the community they create. Her love of books is so great she’s created a book club which she shares through her Instagram account.
And she shares recipes. She shares great southern classics like cheddar biscuits, baked ham and sweet potato casserole. For a true southerner, every event and every occasion is inextricably linked to food. And she dishes on every occasion, the Kentucky Derby, tailgating SEC football games, weddings, showers, the Emmy’s!
There’s nothing avant-garde or cutting edge withing the pages. In fact, for the southern reader it’s more of a reminder of what we know: Life isn’t enriched by money or things, but by a deliberate attention to detail, and by living in the moment and making each moment special. Her book is a gentle reminder to celebrate your roots and embrace traditions.