Hallelujah! The Welcome Table: A Lifetime of Memories with Recipes

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Random House Publishing Group, Jun 3, 2009 - Cooking - 240 pages
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Throughout Maya Angelou’s life, from her childhood in Stamps, Arkansas, to her world travels as a bestselling writer, good food has played a central role. Preparing and enjoying homemade meals provides a sense of purpose and calm, accomplishment and connection. Now in Hallelujah! The Welcome Table, Angelou shares memories pithy and poignant–and the recipes that helped to make them both indelible and irreplaceable.

Angelou tells us about the time she was expelled from school for being afraid to speak–and her mother baked a delicious maple cake to brighten her spirits. She gives us her recipe for short ribs along with a story about a job she had as a cook at a Creole restaurant (never mind that she didn’t know how to cook and had no idea what Creole food might entail). There was the time in London when she attended a wretched dinner party full of wretched people; but all wasn’t lost–she did experience her initial taste of a savory onion tart. She recounts her very first night in her new home in Sonoma, California, when she invited M. F. K. Fisher over for cassoulet, and the evening Deca Mitford roasted a chicken when she was beyond tipsy–and created Chicken Drunkard Style. And then there was the hearty brunch Angelou made for a homesick Southerner, a meal that earned her both a job offer and a prophetic compliment: “If you can write half as good as you can cook, you are going to be famous.”

Maya Angelou is renowned in her wide and generous circle of friends as a marvelous chef. Her kitchen is a social center. From fried meat pies, chicken livers, and beef Wellington to caramel cake, bread pudding, and chocolate éclairs, the one hundred-plus recipes included here are all tried and true, and come from Angelou’s heart and her home. Hallelujah! The Welcome Table is a stunning collaboration between the two things Angelou loves best: writing and cooking.

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User Review  - thornton37814 - LibraryThing

Angelou relates episodes from her life along with the foods accompanying those moments. I found the earlier incidents and recipes more interesting than the later ones for the most part. It is most likely to appeal to fans of Angelou's writing rather than cookbook aficionados. Read full review

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User Review  - Ginnie Grant - Goodreads

Food in many ways in universal langauge. A good meal can unite us, bridge barriers and live in our memories forever. Miss Angelou illustrates this point well in this book. I enjoyed reading her ... Read full review


Lemon Meringue Pie
Mommas Grandbabies Love
Liver and Onions
Carly Lessons from
Baileys Smothered
Red Rice
Tripe a la Mode dc Caen
Saving race and Smoking
Onion Tart
f owl Communication 141
Prom Pizza to Claiborne
Pickled Pigs Feet or Souse
Massachusetts Tennessee
Oprahs Suffocated
Tomato Souffle
Fried Meat Pies 59

Haute Cuisine a la Tabasco

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About the author (2009)

Maya Angelou was raised in Stamps, Arkansas. In addition to her bestselling autobiographies, including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and The Heart of a Woman, she wrote numerous volumes of poetry, among them Phenomenal Woman, And Still I Rise, On the Pulse of Morning, and Mother. Maya Angelou died in 2014.

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