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Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love & Baking Biscuits

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  4,840 Ratings  ·  547 Reviews
Academy award–winning actress, producer, and entrepreneur Reese Witherspoon invites you into her world, where she infuses the southern style, parties, and traditions she loves with contemporary flair and charm.

Reese Witherspoon’s grandmother Dorothea always said that a combination of beauty and strength made southern women “whiskey in a teacup.” We may be delicate and orna
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Kindle Edition, 299 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Touchstone
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Christine Yes! She spends a lot of time talking about recipes, being a good friend, hostess, good southern manners and values. She also spends a great deal of…moreYes! She spends a lot of time talking about recipes, being a good friend, hostess, good southern manners and values. She also spends a great deal of time talking about her grandparents and lessons she learned from them. Great for all ages!(less)
Jennifer The Target Exclusive includes a bonus chapter on Children's Birthday Parties. It includes a menu of "kid-friendly party food". The recipes are…moreThe Target Exclusive includes a bonus chapter on Children's Birthday Parties. It includes a menu of "kid-friendly party food". The recipes are Watermelon Agua Fresca, Parmesan Chicken Sliders, Corn Dogs (which Reese said she hates), Mini Chef Salads, Three Chocolate Sheet Cakes.(less)

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Julie
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Whiskey in a Tea Cup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love & Baking Biscuits by Reese Witherspoon is a 2018 Touchstone publication.

I feel like I’ve watched Reese Witherspoon grow up. She was always so funny and seemed approachable. She has proven herself to be not only an accomplished actress, but a highly successful entrepreneur and businesswoman. However, she did face an uncomfortable moment in her life, a situation that may have been the catalyst that rededicated Reese
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Jennifer
Jun 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
Witherspoon's book about southern living covers topics like food, decorating, and getting dressed up, but it doesn't have enough of any one topic to be useful. The recipes are common southern dishes that you've seen a hundred times and probably done better. When she says she scouts flea markets for little decorative items I don't believe her. I like her as an actress and admire her work as a producer, but this book is a cash grab. Review from e-galley.
Jennifer
Part memoir, part cookbook, part family tribute, part southern lifestyle guide...Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love & Baking Biscuits has a little bit of everything for those who enjoy the culture of Southern living and/or fans of the actress Reese Witherspoon. In my personal opinion, it's not a super regrettable experience if you can't get your hands on it right away but it was indeed interesting to explore.

I listened to the audiobook initially, wh
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Tina
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: southern
I enjoy reading about, "The South." The lifestyle, fashion, food, and history fascinates me. I like Reese Witherspoon and her spin on how growing up in the South (Tennessee) influenced her life.

This is a coffee-table type of book. It's not exactly a memoir but just her thoughts on how the South and her family traditions contributed to her outlook on life. The pictures are nice and the stories are cute. There are some standard southern recipes as well. There's nothing really new or substantial in
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Toni
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Update: Just received the ebook and I may need to update from 3 1/2 stars to 4 just for the pictures! Not only pics of Reese and her family, but her home and surrounding area. Nicely done. Plus, every recipe comes with a perfect picture. Oh my, am I gushing?

Very light, but fun read (or listen) on Reese’s take on being a Southern woman. I like Reese as an actor and person so I was willing to continue listening to the very end. I say that because I feel this book is geared more toward twenty/thir
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Legally Blonde wrote a book! I must get this one!


Candace
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-5-star
Sweet tea, fried chicken, cheddar biscuits, Bluegrass music and BBQ. These are a few of the things I think about when I think of southern living. Southen hospitality, holiday decorating, monograms, fashion and makeup. These bring back memories of family and friends. Road trips (driving, not flying), drive-in theaters, and southern restaurants bring thoughts of visiting family and of family reunions. I've enjoyed going down memory lane with this book, Whiskey in a Teacup. It reminded me of my sou ...more
Anelis
0 stars for the memoire, 3 for the recipes

~random thoughts~

The South is THE BESTEST!!!1

Seriously this book is a huge collection of lists about, mostly, "the south" and how to be a proper lady/host/guest/cook/whatever.

Very awkward attempt to advocate about the non-racism of THE SOUTH by listing the accomplishments of black women and men.

But OF COURSE she would love gender reveal parties.

"You don't have to lose your femininity to be a strong woman."

A possible summary could be the quote "there's a
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Robin Bonne
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir-and-essay
2.5 Stars. Reese Witherspoon reflects on what sets her apart as a southern woman. She is every bit as sweet as you imagine. I listened to her read the audiobook, which only took a couple hours.

There weren’t any juicy life stories in here, so don’t bother if that is what you are looking for. The recipes and tutorials were mediocre at best.
Mellie Antoinete
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
“How do you make it to adulthood without ever picking up at least one verse of “Joy to the World?” Were you raised in a bunker?”

Well this was just pure Southern charm, with a side o whiskey fun in a coffee table book! That Reese Witherspoon is adorable! Knows who she is, proud of her roots and isn’t afraid to throw a suggestion out there! Enjoyable!
Stefanie Kellum
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having deviled eggs on Reese Witherspoon’s porch is definitely on my bucket list now. This is a sweet and heartfelt love letter to the South with yummy recipes and personal stories thrown in.

*I read a digital ARC of this title from the publisher via Edelweiss.

fortuna.spinning
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m a bad southern woman. 😆 I don’t wear a lot of color or patterns, no lipstick, definitely no monograms, and I haven’t a clue how to roller my hair, but I adore Reese and loved listening to her talk about growing up in Nashville. If you listen to the audio, be sure to check out the PDF which is full of pretty photos, family recipes, and party playlists.
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
This is a charming book that covers everything quintessentially Southern. Realistically, there's absolutely nothing new or super creative here; the recipes are all classic dishes and the information provided will have Southerner's nodding in agreement/understanding and may get a giggle from someone not familiar with the Southern culture. I do love the design layout and photographs included and enjoyed the hour I spent with it start to finish.
Tammy
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: release-2018
If you want something to lift your spirits and keep you smiling, this is it!
Written with Reese’s fun personality and charm this is all about her life in the South, funny southernisms and how she entertains friends.
Take a peek at hot-rolling your hair, baking up a mess of cheddar biscuits or sipping a ‘sun brewed’ glass of sweet tea with Reese’s how-to’s + recipes. My fav chapter, The Perfect Bookclub paired with a bookclub menu.. I mean, just that chapter alone, sold!
Anita
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is pure pleasure. An ode, and love story to southern food, words, heritage and family. Reese is a woman who shares her tales and secrets. A woman of great depth beyond what we see on the screen. We’ve seen her career in production bloom and recently her passion for reading has been shared with her book club. Thank you to Touchstone for the digital early copy. I will be buying the book because it’s just the type of book we all need hanging around our homes. Recipes and reference and war ...more
Andee
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Why did I buy this book? I’ve had such guilt about it since the moment I tossed it in the cart. Love Reese Witherspoon films, she’s a great actress. Cannot stand Reese Witherspoon the hypocritical lying person. Ever since she had her DUI during which she was horribly obnoxious and rude to the police officer and pulled the - Don’t you know who I am! - line, which is always so disgusting. Who she truly is doesn’t really square up with her carefully cultivated, cutesy little image of a sweet, well ...more
Lynn Gionette
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked this book! I love Reese Witherspoon so yeah I'm going love a big ok she writes about her southern traditions. Its part memoir, part cook book, part hosting book. A nice light read. I'm also going to try a few of the dishes! It was exactly what you'd expect from her.
~☆~Autumn♥♥
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cheerful
This book is so cheerful and made me feel so good and happy that I recommend it for everyone. Her recipes and ideas are fascinating. I am more southern than I realized as I love monograms and decor for holidays. I loved her quote, "Purse on the floor, money out the door!" I hate it when people put their expensive designer purses on the floor and I think Laura Schlesinger's idea that a purse on the table means a woman is unhappy! Where does she get those strange ideas?

She sure makes me wish I co
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The Story Girl
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gave-up-on
This could alternately be titled, The Rich White Woman's Guide on How to Live as a Rich White Woman in the South.

I picked this up from the library a couple of weeks ago, read about 100 pages, and had a lot of thoughts on it. But I never wrote them down, and now the book is due back and I had no interest in picking it up again, so I can't really comment much beyond that.

All I can say is, I've lived most of my life in the South, and I couldn't relate to a single page in this book. And it has me qu
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Margie
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What can I say . . . I was born and raised in the South and while reading this book I remember doing some of the exact same things that the author did - helping my grandmother take care of the gardens, catching fireflies in mason jars, sucking on honeysuckle, and dinner parties - my grandmother had a tablecloth she used for every special occasion. Guests would sign their name in pencil and add the date underneath. My grandmother would embroider each name and date. When you returned for another d ...more
Elizabeth
Sep 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
I’ve never been to the South and I’ll admit, it does sound charming. But I thought this book was a mess. I appreciate that Reese was trying to share her memories with us but it cane across as a bit judgmental and the writing was somewhat juvenile. Lots of tidbits about lots of different topics, with lots of pictures and recipes. Some of the recipes looked tasty, but I don’t cook. ;-). I’m sure the pictures were beautiful in the hard copy version but the color was lost on my Kindle. I’m still a f ...more
Sharon
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018, bio-memoir
Mostly fluff, not much substance.

I live in “The South” and, yes, women like to wear makeup, dress up, entertain, etc and have been raised to do these things. Not sure why stating those well known facts warranted a book.

Still, it was an enjoyable audiobook as it was read by the author.
Amina
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Hey y’all! Mind your manners, love your family, don’t act ugly, get or give something monogrammed, and bake something with peaches or pecans. There, I saved you $20.
Sam
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Such a cute, fun read as an audiobook! I loved that Reese Witherspoon narrated the audiobook! ❤ ...more
Darcy
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Reese Witherspoon is one of my favorite actresses, so when I saw she had a book and my library had it I knew I had to check it out. I hate to say it, but to me this is a huge vanity project. The audio book was not much over 2 hours long, the book might have been the better way to go. I was glad that she provided what was basically the book in pdf form so that you could see. I'm sure the paper book had big glossy pages, there sure were a lot of pictures, not a lot of words.
Rebekah O'Dell
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun and better-than-expected writing!!! I intend to make a recipe or two from this book and loved the accompanying essays!
Diane
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
I gave it 2 stars because the photography is quite pretty and the recipes are interesting, but the actual content of the book is quite saccharine and has an inauthentic feel to it, as if she's trying to manipulate the reader. In reading it, it struck me as her trying to position herself as the next Martha Stewart, but she just doesn't have the heft to do it. The text in the book is a collection of cliches, and is poorly written, either by her or a ghost writer. The content is very random with no ...more
Katie (katieladyreads)
Part cookbook, part autobiography, this was a cute audiobook.
Theresa Smith Writes
Whiskey in a Teacup might just be the most joyous non-fiction book I’ve ever read. It’s a blend of memoir, lifestyle, beauty, recipes, etiquette, family and Southern social history, accompanied by a collection of gorgeous photographs throughout. Beautifully presented, it’s an ideal coffee table book and would make a perfect gift on account of its broad content.

Reese Witherspoon is of course a household name, but this book is by no means a glorification of herself and how famous she is. Overall,
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Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Reese Witherspoon has always been one of my favorite actresses and I absolutely love her style, so when she wrote Whiskey in a Teacup, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy. Reese covers a lot interesting topics like decorating, holidays, and entertaining, all while sharing personal stories about her family as well as her much loved grandmother. You don't have to be Southern to appreciate Reese's stories and her advice in Whiskey in a Teacup.

Read the rest of my review here: http://www.confessio
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Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon is an American actress, producer, and entrepreneur. She is the recipient of several awards, including an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, a BAFTA Award, and two Golden Globe Awards. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and raised in Tennessee, she began her career as a teenager, making her professional screen debut in The Man in the Moon (1991), for which she was no ...more
“One historical note that I just love: When the suffragettes were marching, at one point they started wearing red lipstick so they would all be wearing the same bold color and stand in solidarity with one another. I love how this little thing many women had in their purses became a powerful political symbol. It's a reminder that we don't have to diminish ourselves as women to be seen as strong. You can push for societal change and you can love getting dressed up. You don't have to choose.” 5 likes
“Now, this is my little public service announcement: If you get invited to something, it's incumbent upon you to RSVP as soon as possible. A quick “no” is better than a long “maybe.” People go to a lot of trouble to plan a party, and it's a big deal to open up your home. What's more, it's essential to show up if you say you will. I have a busy life, but I still don't cancel unless it's a superduper emergency – I'm talking hospital-visit, in-the-newspapers-the-next-day emergency. Being tired just isn't a good enough excuse. C'mon! Make an effort!

One trick I use to determine whether or not to say yes to an invite is: Would I want to go right then and there? If the party were that second, would I get dressed and rush out of the house to go to the party? If the answer is yes, I probably do want to go, but if the answer is no, I don't accept the invitation.”
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