I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings will find what may be the secret ingredient of her success in this collection of tear- and la"/>

HALLELUJAH! THE WELCOME TABLE: A Lifetime of Memories with Recipes

Maya Angelou, Author . Random $29.95 (240p) ISBN 978-1-4000-6289-8

Readers familiar with Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings will find what may be the secret ingredient of her success in this collection of tear- and laughter-provoking vignettes with 73 savory recipes. Here's Angelou's grandmother's Chicken and Dumplings, Crackling Corn Bread and Caramel Cake. Big brother Bailey makes a mean batch of Smothered Pork Chops and knows how to stretch them for a week's worth of meals. Mother, who "cooked wonderful meals and was very poignant about how to present them," can make a Roasted Capon play second fiddle to Red Rice. As the wider world beckons, Angelou dines. Sometimes she's the worker; having passed herself off as an experienced Creole cook, she becomes one with her Braised Short Ribs. Other times, she's the hostess serving what M.F.K. Fisher pronounces "the first honest cassoulet I have eaten in years." A batch of spoon bread nets Angelou a job and compliment: "If you can write half as good as you can cook, you are going to be famous." She does, and the food world widens (tamales, paté, minestrone, chachouka), and the fellow diners often have famous names (Oprah, Jessica Mitford, Rosa Guy). The food remains delectable and comfortable, and Angelou's directions are minimal but clear enough for experienced cooks. Color photos not seen by PW . Simultaneous audio release. Agent, Helen Brann. (On sale Sept. 21)

Reviewed on: 08/30/2004
Release date: 09/01/2004
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Open Ebook - 240 pages - 978-0-307-52973-2
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-0-7393-1514-9
Hardcover - 269 pages - 978-0-375-43428-0
Compact Disc - 978-0-7393-1515-6
Compact Disc - 1 pages - 978-1-4159-0330-8
Paperback - 218 pages - 978-0-8129-7485-0
Downloadable Audio - 978-0-7393-4601-3
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