I'm joining Food for Thought
the brainchild of the very talented Jain from
This week, I'm cooking from two books
the author of both being our
much adored Michael Lee West
creator of the beautiful blog
Crazy Ladies is Michael Lee's first novel & it is a wonderful taste of pure Southern charm!
You can truly *hear* the different dialects beautifully in her descriptive style of writing.
It is the story of four generations of women from Crystal Falls, Tennessee
& the black woman who cared for them,
all enduring tough times with grace, humor & sometimes outrageous style.
After suffering many hardships,
Clancy Jane returns with her young daughter
to live with her mother, Gussie.
Clancy's resentful older sister, Dorothy lives next door
& it is the first meal upon their arrival
that the following scene takes place in her home.
& the horrible feeling of not being wanted
so very effectively in this chapter.
Your heart just ached for the young daughter & the way she was treated.
I tried to duplicate the picture of this meal,
using my Mother's American cut glass sugar bowl & butter dish,
right down to the ice tea spoon, paper napkin & the tall blue cup.
I opted for grilled pork tenderloin in lieu of fried pork chops.
I did fry the yellow squash patties though,
with a wee bit of olive oil & onions.
my cast iron skillet, just like the one mentioned
in Consuming Passions.
You can read all about how to season one properly
HERE, on Michael's blog.
"one whole section missing",
as mentioned in the book.
I want to emphatically state this recipe is NOT from Michael Lee!
It was awful because I'd forgotten to put the butter in the batter.
I felt terribly sorry for Dorothy throughout the book, Crazy Ladies.
It was obvious that, due to strange circumstances,
she never got enough love & attention as a child
& it affected her deeply in all relationships during her entire life.
The book Consuming Passions reads like my own autobiography.
Our mother's could have been twins,
"Fear of Frying" is one chapter! LOL
I laughed hysterically as I nodded my head in recognition.
We are true foodies at heart.
Most of my fondest memories revolve around food
& the occasions that prompted their preparation.
The ending of Crazy Ladies was perfect!
I hated to return Consuming Passions to the library.
I'm going to buy the book, since there are
several recipes I would like to keep.
Thank you, Michael for providing some wonderfully entertaining
hours these past few weeks.
I'm looking forward to reading ALL of your books now.
Thank you, too, Jain, for providing this wonderful venue of * cooking the books* to physically get these impressions out of my head. Doing the Food For Thought parties always enriches my reading as well as my eating. (excluding that cobbler).