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The internet can bring people together and friendships form before two people ever meet face to face. I know this to be true because it happened to me. Years ago, I became friends with a woman, now a dear friend, who lives in Monroe, Louisiana.

She mentioned the blog of another woman, also from Louisiana, that I might enjoy following so that I would come to learn of southern humor and recipes. It just took one read and I was hooked on Shellie Rushing Tomlinson’s emails. To this day, about 14 years later, I still look forward to reading the weekly emails.

Hungry Is A Mighty Fine Saucehimfs_3d_final_blog-231x300 is more than a cookbook. This is a book with southern recipes, replete with stories and southern humor sure to delight, and photographs that are sure to make anyone’s mouth water. The recipes, ranging from comfort food to holiday fare, are explained in an easy to understand manner making them easy to follow.

There are 125 recipes including selections for casseroles, meats, breads, soups, veggies, salads, and sweets. As if the photos and recipes were not delightful enough, here are a few of the story nuggets which I enjoyed:

  • “Families are like gumbos, full of a little bit of everything.”
  • “I’ve decided to begin making official proclamations. I figure I should use this title of mine for good. Therefore, as the Belle of All Things Southern I now proclaim that chocolate is the new tofu.”
  • “It’s only when we tax ourselves to chew on a passage of God’s Word until we’re able to express the treasure we’ve found in it, that the life-sustaining truth we’re enjoying can become broken down bread to share with others. “
  • “The following is an actual alert. If I were making a funny, I’d tell you, but I’m as serious as Elvis was about his blue suede shoes.”
  • “I’m not saying it’s wrong for us to have an opinion. And I’m not saying we can’t voice it. I just want us to remember that a dying world needs to hear less of our fiery rhetoric and more about the saving grace of our Savior. “

As you read the cookbook, the combination of stories, recipes, and photos will quickly endear Shellie to your heart. In fact, you will come to feel like she is an old friend as she oozes hospitality.

My favorite of all quotes from the book? This one right here:

“I’ve so enjoyed sharing my recipes with you in these pages, along with stories of my family and friends. I hope you’ll get in touch and stay in touch because you feel like family. And on that note, I’d like to speak a blessing over you before I go.  May you and I live eager Jesus-hungry lives, opening our mouths wide and asking God to feed us with the Bread of Life.”

circle1Yes, I was given an electronic copy of this cookbook in exchange for my honest review. But trust me, the book is truly lovely and would make a beautiful gift for anyone who enjoys cooking. More so, I was blessed to interact with Shellie, finding her to be warm and genuine and as comforting as her recipes.

Shellie has generously offered a copy of this cookbook to one of you who leave a comment. Don’t miss out. I will pick the winner at the close of the day on Friday.

Shellie blogs at All Things Southern. You can also connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.


*** Update (10/8/16): Using, Susan Shipe was the winner! I will contact you for your mailing address! Thank you to all who entered!


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