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Date Posted: 17:00:57 10/08/04 Fri
Author: Syl
Subject: Sweet Potato Queens

This looks like a good one for a laugh! Sent in by BGWJ. Thanks, Bev!

TITLE: The Sweet Potato Queens' Big Ass Cookbook and Financial Planner
AUTHOR: Jill Conner Browne
GENRE: Cookbook

If nothing else, you have to flip through the pages of The Sweet Potato
Queens' Big Ass Cookbook by Jill Conner Browne. Actually, sit down and
read the whole thing. In between each recipe are some of the funniest
observations of life that you've ever read. It really is a cookbook, but
with homespun advice and humor thrown in to boot.

Jill Conner Browne is the Boss Queen of the Queens, located in Jackson
Mississippi. She's the author also of Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love
and God Save the Sweet Potato Queens. I personally havenít read them, but
if they are anything like the cookbook, they will keep you rolling on the
floor. Ms. Browne oozes Southern charm and sage advice on just about every
subject imaginable. She must "write like she talks", because you can
imagine an accent so thick you can cut it with a knife.

Her chapter titles go something like this: About Betty Crocker, Getting
Old, Career Opportunites for Big Ass Bucks, Big Ass Parties For Teeny
Ass Girls, and Gift Giving Occasions for Spud Studs.

At the end of each chapter is a "financial"tip. For example, after giving
her take on the Good Wife Guide from the original Betty Crocker
Cookbook, JCB gives this advice: "If you have been in therapy for the
last fifteen years over your failure to live up to this image of
womanhood, not to mention your inexplicable lack of desire to do so, you
can save the cost of therapy/whatever drugs you've been given, by just
buying your own copy of the Betty Crocker Cookbook and burning it!"
Also in Pass the Salt Please, she tells of falling for a much younger
man. Now who else in storyland do we know who did that? Her advice is :
"Look on the bright side. The young guy will be able to work much harder
for money for many more years in order to support you. And he's likely
to be healthy enough to take care of you in the years prior to the
nursing home. And think of the money you'll save on Viagra. By time the
needs it, you'll be dead!"

The recipes are wonderful. I have personally tasted Yam Yums, Linda's
Perky Pickles, Catshit Cookies, Broccoli Salad and Coconut Caramel
Pie. They are delicious. Some other interesting recipe names are: Egg
stuff that goes on Tortillas, No Pain-Plenty Gain Coffee
Cake, Whatchamacallit Chicken, and Bitch Meatballs with Sexy Red
Sauce. Donít they sound yummy?

Seriously, it is a hoot to read. I know for a fact the recipes are good. For
further insight into the Queens, go to Sweet Potato Queens .These
ladies are a cult unto themselves, Not unlike LOL.

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[> Well, I'm up for Catshit Cookies and Bitch Meatballs with Sexy Red Sauce. Let's have a party at your house, Honey! Come on, who all is game??? -- beccabee, 08:48:33 10/09/04 Sat

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[> This sounds like fun, I hope its available in the UK, I think I just found Xmas presents! -- Margy, 11:13:10 10/09/04 Sat

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[> Thanks for posting this,Syl.This really is a funny book.I caught myself laughing all the time,then the family would want to know why.Oh yeah,you probably cant tell from the tiny pic above,but one of those queens on the cover is really a "queen".Notice how they all look alike?At first I thought they were all the same lady in different poses,then noticed some differences.Then I read where they bought look alike wigs for their parades.Do read,even if you just get it from the local library.Its a good belly laughing spirit lifter. -- BGWJ, 16:04:11 10/09/04 Sat

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[> Thanks, Bev! I collect cookbooks and this sounds like a real winner - I'll be putting it on my Christmas list! -- GinC, 06:43:04 10/11/04 Mon

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