Being dead is no excuse: the official southern ladies guide to hosting the perfect funeral

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Miramax Books, Mar 16, 2005 - Cooking - 243 pages
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Folks in the Delta have a strong sense of community, and being dead is no impediment to belonging to it. Down south, they don't forget you when you've up and died--in fact, they visit you more often. But there are quintessential rules and rituals for kicking the bucket tastefully, and having a flawless funeral is one of them. In this dishy collection of Southern humor and recipes, inveterate hostess and southern belle Gayden Metcalfe explains everything you need to know to throw a proper Southern funeral, such as: Can you be properly buried without tomato aspic? Who prepares better funeral fare, the Episcopal ladies or the Methodist ladies? And what does one do when a family gets three sheets to the wind and eats the entire feast the night before a funeral? Each chapter includes an authentic Southern recipe you'll need if you plan to die tastefully any time soon, including Pickled Shrimp, Aunt Hebe's Coconut Cake, and the ubiquitous Bing Cherry Salad with Coca-Cola. Even if you've never been south of Rochester, this book will charm, it will entertain, and it will give you all the ingredients for the perfect southern send-off.

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I am a Southern Belle born and bred and this book brought back so many memories of days gone by. What a riot!!!!! I bought 6 copies of this book to give to family and friends also from the south ... Read full review

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One of my favorite books of all times. It has some SUPER recipes in it but also has some outrageously hysterical stories. I laughed until I cried and absolutely understand these stories. I have many times heard that someone has died and either rushed home from work to fix a casserole or told my husband to go to the freezer and take one out to bake so we can get it to the family by suppertime. It is just a Southern thing. Would not be without this book. 


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Who Died? Stuffed Eggs

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Metcalfe is a life-long southerner and founder of the Greenville Arts Council.

Charlotte Hays has been a gossip columnist for the "New York Daily News," "New York Observer," and "The Washington Times," She is coauthor of "Being Dead Is No Excuse: The Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral,

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