Consuming Passions: A Food-Obsessed Life

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Harper Collins, Apr 5, 2000 - Cooking - 288 pages
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Consuming Passions is Michael Lee West's delightfully quirky memoir of an adventurous life centered around food and family—the story of how she went from non-cook to gourmet of words and victuals by watching a multitude of relatives squabble, prepare sumptuous repasts, and carry on honored traditions. Laced with delicious secret recipes passed from generation to generation, West's irresistible chronicle recalls good times and wild times—mothers swinging from chandeliers, elderly aunts brewing up love potions, a South American nymphomaniac stirring up trouble at a Louisiana barbeque joint, and the spooky hauntings of a cabbage-eating ghost—all in the pursuit of good dining. Thoroughly entertaining, alive with West's distinctive humor and sharp, irrepressible insight, here are incomparable American kitchen tales as warm and tasty as freshly baked bread.

 

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Contents

In Miss Johnnies Kitchen
67
A Guide for the Wary
75
Potato Salad
83
Making Corn Bread
89
OldFashioned Louisiana Love Potion
147
How to Make Perfect Iced Tea
158
Bake Sales
165
How to Make Key Lime Pie
174
A Pot of Gumbo
197
Raw
206
Kitchen Fires
213
Under the Fig Leaf
221
Honey
232
The CabbageEating Ghost
238
The Margaret Mitchell Bed
244
Inheritance
250

In Praise of Mayonnaise
181
Picking Grapes in August
188
How Southerners Talk
256
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Michael Lee West is the author of Mad Girls in Love, Crazy Ladies, American Pie, She Flew the Coop, and Consuming Passions. She lives with her husband on a rural farm in Tennessee with three bratty Yorkshire terriers, a Chinese Crested, assorted donkeys, chickens, sheep, and African Pygmy goats. Her faithful dog Zap (above) was the inspiration for a character in the novel.

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