Friday, March 11, 2005

Got Dead? Read This
Being Dead Is No Excuse: The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral , is a seriously humorous look at catering Southern bereavement. The Mississippi Clarion-Ledger reports on Mississippi residents Gayden Metcalf and Charlotte Hayes, both writers accomplished mourners who they decided that they had to record the mixture of food and humor particular to Southern funeral rites. "One day I said, 'There's something wrong with this picture.' We get six months or more to plan a wedding. And by the time it's over, everyone is mad at one another. But the funeral ... that's your last big party. The last time you can ever do something for that certain someone," Metcalf said. The result is a respectful and howlingly funny collection of anecdotes and recipies that illustrate Southern funeral etiquette and food. "Nobody eats better than a bereaved Southerner," said Metcalf.

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