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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (415 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Maya Angelou Narrator: Maya Angelou Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Throughout Maya Angelou’s life, from her childhood in Stamps, Arkansas, to her world travels as a bestselling writer, good food has played a central role. Preparing and enjoying homemade meals provides a sense of purpose and calm, accomplishment and connection. Now in Hallelujah! The Welcome Table, Angelou shares memories pithy and poignant—and the recipes that helped to make them both indelible and irreplaceable.

Angelou tells us about the time she was expelled from school for being afraid to speak—and her mother baked a delicious maple cake to brighten her spirits. She gives us her recipe for short ribs along with a story about a job she had as a cook at a Creole restaurant (never mind that she didn’t know how to cook and had no idea what Creole food might entail). There was the time in London when she attended a wretched dinner party full of wretched people; but all wasn’t lost–she did experience her initial taste of a savory onion tart. She recounts her very first night in her new home in Sonoma, California, when she invited M. F. K. Fisher over for cassoulet, and the evening Deca Mitford roasted a chicken when she was beyond tipsy—and created Chicken Drunkard Style. And then there was the hearty brunch Angelou made for a homesick Southerner, a meal that earned her both a job offer and a prophetic compliment: “If you can write half as good as you can cook, you are going to be famous.”

Maya Angelou is renowned in her wide and generous circle of friends as a marvelous chef. Her kitchen is a social center. From fried meat pies, chicken livers, and beef Wellington to caramel cake, bread pudding, and chocolate éclairs, the one-hundred–plus recipes included here are all tried and true, and come from Angelou’s heart and her home. Hallelujah! The Welcome Table is a stunning collaboration between the two things Angelou loves best: writing and cooking.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jasmine Bradley | 2/18/2014

    " This book was written for me! At least, I think it was. She's an amazing story teller and she made me want to make everyone single recipe in the book! Can't wait to try the Caramel Cake! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Shelley | 2/15/2014

    " This is part memoir, part cookbook. Most of the recipes are beyond what I would even try as I like it simple, but the best find for me was Decca's Drunkards Chicken, which is very easy but so tasty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Leticia | 2/14/2014

    " This was a beautiful book, which included a variety of recipes that Angelou publishes to recount life stories. It really makes you want to sit down and eat. There is a delicious recipe for caramel cake that will make your mouth water. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Barb Bailey | 2/9/2014

    " Maya's southern cooking recipes are paired with some of her own "life experience" stories. I think I liked her stories better than her recipes...she is one bright, creative and talented woman to be greatly admired. "

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