Synopses & Reviews
With a respectful nod to Ernie Mickler's original WHITE TRASH COOKING, Kendra Bailey Morris pulls open the back door to her Granny Boohler's kitchen to chronicle the next generation of cookin' and socializin' the white trash way. Bubbling over with more than 150 treasured family recipes--including "Real" Kuntry Grits, Lou Lou's Fried Squirrel, and Viola's Fiery Three-Bean Hot Pot--plus entertaining and homemade décor ideas, WHITE TRASH GATHERINGS has the perfect dish for every occasion, whether you're potlucking, just havin' ‘em ovah, or hosting a holy gatherin' from scratch.Reviews
“No other book will tap into your appreciation of Spam, white bread and canned goods.”—Boston Herald“Whether you speak grits or grinders, this book creates newfound respect for all that is ‘white trash.' Armed with a vat of fatback and plenty of down-home sass, Kendra Bailey Morris spins family recipes into living memoirs where grandma's measuring cups transcend their wear, becoming magical tools in crafting the precious taste of home. One read, and you'll be a grit hater no more.”—Dana Craig, Richmond Times-Dispatch “Recipes . . . are interspersed with backwoods tails of squirrel huntin' and rat shootin', plus etiquette and decorating tips. Morris recommends recycling burlap sacks or paper grocery bags to scrawl invitations on, and transforming toilet paper rolls adorned with dried pinto beans into napkin rings. Take that, Martha.”—Kristen Mueller, Utne Reader“Kendra Bailey Morris has me yearning to bake Granny Boohler's yeasty rolls and to taste Reba May's Creamy Mashed Potatoes. Good reading and great cooking.” —Antonia Allegra, director, Symposium for Professional Food Writers “Written with love and warmth, White Trash Gatherings brings Kendra Bailey Morris's West Virginia family traditions alive. Each recipe is handled with care and presented with tenderness.” —Monica Bhide, author, The Everything Indian Cookbook “Like The Empire Strikes Back, WHITE TRASH GATHERINGS is the rare sequel that exceeds the original. If you're not white trash, Gatherings will make you wish you were; if you're white trash already, it will make you proud.”—Steven A. Shaw, author, Turning the Tables: The Insider's Guide to Eating Out
"The sequel to Ernie Mickler's beloved White Trash Cooking is the memoir of a kitchen-educated West Virginia girl, told in recipes. With her sincere love for food and family and her keen sense of humor, Morris documents a tradition of cooking and congregating in a voice that is one pinch M.F.K. Fisher, a dash of Florence King and heaping tablespoons of West Virginia grandmother. Invite characters from her childhood into your kitchen with recipes like String Bean Earl's Cornmeal Fried Oysters, Miss Earlie's Dee-Lightful Chicken or Viola's Coconutty Black Walnut Cake, guaranteed to please your kin."—Virginia Living Magazine
The author of White Trash Gatherings offers a tribute to beans and cornbread on NPR.org
With a respectful nod to Ernie Mickler's original WHITE TRASH COOKING, Kendra Bailey Morris pulls open the back door of her Granny Boohler's kitchen to chronicle the next generation of cookin' and socializin' the Southern white trash way. Bubbling over with treasured family recipes, entertaining ideas, and crafty decor suggestions, WHITE TRASH GATHERINGS has the perfect dish for every occasion, whether it's potlucking, just havin' 'em ovah, headin' home for the holidays, or creating a holy gatherin' from scratch. Next time the kin sets down to Sunday supper, serve it West Virginia style, and make sure there's plenty, 'cause when Maw Maw and Paw Paw come from down 'round Possum Hollow, they'll be expecting to leave with a belly-full.
Morris pulls open the back door of her Granny Boohler's kitchen to chronicle the next generation of cookin' and socializin' the Southern white trash way. Bubbling over with treasured family recipes, entertaining ideas, and crafty decor suggestions, it has the perfect dish for every occasion.
About the Author
KENDRA BAILEY MORRIS is a writer, private chef, and cooking instructor. She self-published a family cookbook showcasing the foods of West Virginia, and although she travels home to visit the kinfolk as often as possible, she now cooks and writes in Richmond, Virginia.