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

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  2,725 Ratings  ·  303 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
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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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.
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
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
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
Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
Legally Blond wrote a book! I must get this one!

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!
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.
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.

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.
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.
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
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
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
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!
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
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.
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
Stacie Boren
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I purchased this book from Amazon to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Whiskey In A Teacup by Reese Witherspoon. What a great insight into Reese's world! Everything from how to hot roll your hair to what to put on your dinner party table. An amazing book that will definitely be on my list for Christmas gifts for all the women in my family! Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at
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.
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: found-at-library
Whiskey in a Teacup is an instruction manual on how to entertain and cook like a southern woman. Filled with childhood memories and advice for most social occasions, Reese Witherspoon provides readers with a lighter, warmer version of most hostess books (think Martha and Ina, for example).

The recipes look delicious, and I know I’ll attempt the shrimp and grits and buttermilk biscuit recipes as they are two of my favorite dishes. I adored the paragraph on telephone etiquette because it is exactly
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really thought this would be a fluffy celebrity cookbook with not a lot of substance. But Reese weaves a lot of truths about the value of family legacy, dignity, and honor in all the Southern traditions that can appear trite at first glance. I made some of the recipes and they were delicious! This may be the first cookbook that I’ve ever read cover-to-cover, including the photography credits.
Sep 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Not really what I was expecting. Very short (a 2 hour audiobook) and extremely lifestyle anecdote based. Her narration was great and I laughed out loud at some parts, but I’d rather the childhood anecdotes and party planning talk be woven into a real memoir of her life and mention Legally Blonde at least once, which this book didn’t do. Boo.
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this book!! It’s like the sweet southern friendship of Steel Magnolias and the joy of sipping tea on a shaded porch in the summer. I miss the days of kids just running around playing outside and heading over to each others’ homes without a care in the world. I was a kid in Kentucky, and I sure do relate to some of the stories Reese shares in her book. It’s comforting, nostalgic, and informative. I do believe I might just try that hot roller routine, and maybe make up some good ole souther ...more
Ella (Элла)
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting read about Reese & she is the audiobook narrator.
Not sure about one thing: multiple times she called herself an “actor” vs. “actress”. Did anyone else notice that too?
Oct 01, 2018 rated it liked it
If you are a fan of Reese Witherspoon you should enjoy this book. It's part memoir, part etiquette book, and part cookbook. It is an enjoyable read with beautiful pictures. I liked learning a little bit more about Reese's family and traditions. The recipes are ones that anyone could make and some are very familiar. The etiquette part was interesting also, even though a lot of it was just common sense and basic manners.
Mira Prater
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
This book was so fun! Recipes, stories about her upbringing, and sweet traditions. I loved it!
Katie (katieladyreads)
Part cookbook, part autobiography, this was a cute audiobook.
It took me, what, a week to listen to the last 15 minutes of this book? Yeah, I’m not gonna rate this since I am sooooo not the target audience.
Beth Ann
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love, love, love this book! Filled with tons of Southern charm ! Reese Witherspoon shares a little bit of everything in this book. From childhood stories to well used recipes and playlists each page was a surprise and a delight. Perfect book to gift a Southern friend or someone who needs to understand the charm of all things Southern. Highly recommended and one I will reread just for fun!
Kylie Tingley
3.5/5. While listening to Reese narrate her book was great, there was a lot of “refer to the PDF”, so I think this one would probably be better if you read a hard copy.
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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.” 4 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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