magnolias porches and sweet tea book coverReviewed by Charity Lyman

I am very much a southern gal. Born in Florida, I love southern cooking, the everglades and palm trees, and yes, eve the summer heat! So when I saw this book, I knew it was right up my alley. Magnolias, Porches & Sweet Tea is written by southern native Pat Branning and you can definitely tell she is a woman who loves where she came from!

Magnolias, Porches & Sweet Tea brings the lowcountry to life. For those who have lived here it will bring fond memories while at the same time offering this wonderful gem to the outsiders. Filled with beautiful paintings, recipes that will make your mouth water and little tidbits and portions of history, this book is one you will be able to set on your coffee table for others to browse or to put on your shelf to come back to time and again.

My favorite part of the book is the recipes. I enjoy cooking and am always on the lookout for new and exciting meals to try for the family. Many of these I had heard of – like the Brunswick Stew – but never tried and some of them were brand new! I love finding a book like this. And of course the sweet tea is an absolute must for any southerner. One recipe I know I will be trying is the Simply Summer Peach Pie. This sounds so delicious!

The nice thing with this book is that it isn’t all about one subject. Sure, it is about the south and the Lowcountry but it isn’t just a cookbook, nor is it just about paintings. Within its page, both worlds are mixed together and blended to create a book that’s sure to entice and delight many. So take a few minutes, relax with that cup of tea in your rocking chair on the front porch and get whisked away to the Lowcountry for a while! You will be glad you did.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Charity lives in Illinois and is the oldest of 6 children. The family also has 3 dogs and a cat. Reading is a hobby when not cooking, baking, sewing or enjoying music. She reads many different genres but Christian fiction is a favorite. Charity can be found often at her blog, Giveaway Lady

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Patricia Branning. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.