Book: Suck Your Stomach In & Put Some Color On!


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Miss Meredith Sweetpea came across a cute book recently called Suck Your Stomach In & Put Some Color On: What Southern Mamas Tell Their Daughters That the Rest of Y’all Should Know Too, by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, host of All Things Southern.

According to the book jacket, “Here’s everything you need to know from coping with the unexpected, competing in the Mr. Right Game Show, and raising children–to how to keep that marriage knot tied tight over time.” It is “Chock-full of Southern wit and wisdom, woven with quotes from real Southern Mamas, and sprinkled with recipes and other Southern secrets.”

Ever since the days of Scarlett O’Hara and beyond, Southern manners have showcased a woman’s “class” in Southern society. Without proper manners, a woman just “wouldn’t be accepted” into polite company.

I love all the little quotes from real Southern mothers, like:

  • “Never date anyone you wouldn’t consider marrying. You never know when you’ll fall in love.” –Lissa Spears, Natchez, Mississippi
  • “Southern ladies speak softly.”  –Monda Leggett, Denham Springs, Louisiana
  • “Just because it fits doesn’t mean you oughta wear it.”  –Tracy Nicholson, Thomasville, North Carolina
  • “Simple courtesy and gentleness help to grease the wheels of social interaction.”  –Betty Martin, Natchitoches, Louisiana
  • “Mama always told us at breakfast time not to ‘gouge the jelly!’ She would never let us dip jelly with a knife.” –Diane Collins, Tallulah, Louisiana
  • “If you don’t remember your manners, everyone else will!”  –Lisa Hilbers, Alba, Texas

The book also offers a wide range of Southern recipes including:

  • Mama’s Smothered Chicken
  • Sweet and Spicy Pecans
  • Fried Dill Pickles
  • Simple Shrimp Creole
  • Cheddar Muffins
  • Clean the Pantry Swamp Soup
  • Cornbread Fritters, and
  • Shellie’s Plum Peachy Pie

Knowing good manners is one thing, but reading about the Southern traditions with this tongue-in-cheek author doubles the fun. And although the writing is clever, it is also true. These are the manners that every woman–Southern or not–should know.

Order Suck Your Stomach In & Put Some Color On!


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