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Cookbook Review    



God's Little Chillun Plantation Cookbook
by Martha Dawkins Massey
G & R Publishing Co., 2000
Spiral paper, $18.95  (120 pages)



When Martha Dawkins Massey compiled her recipes from her family as well as her catering business, she had cooks in mind -- the book is spiral bound. Many of the recipes are coastal Georgia standards and there are a large number aimed at entertaining. The collection includes temptations such as: Peach Brandy, Tony's Lowcountry Boil, Brother Moses' Chitlins, Thelma's Sweet Potato Pone, and Smothered Shrimp & Grits.

There are also a variety of fruitcake recipes, including: Orange Slice Fruit Cake, Old-Time Southern Fruit Cake, Grandma Hannah's Down Home Fruit Cake, and Fruit Cake Cookies.

Massey also has my mother's favorite cure for winter -- Spiced Tea. My mother used to make up jars of this powder brew for gifts at Christmas.

Martha Massey doesn't limit her cookbook to recipes. She opens with stories and photos about her family and her enterprises, such as The Steam Boat House in Savannah. The cookbook offers Bible verses relating to food as well as a dictionary of Southern phrases.

God's Little Chillun Plantation Cookbook is available around Savannah, at: E. Shaver Booksellers, Live Oak Public Library Gift Shop, and Wormsloe Historic Site. Or you may order the book from the author for $18.95 per copy plus $3.00 per copy for shipping & handling. Send a check or money order to: God's Little Chillun Plantation Cookbook, Martha Dawkins Massey, 828 E. Henry Street, Savannah, GA 31401.

Joyce Dixon
Southern Scribe Reviews


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