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‘Momma Dean’s Southern Cooking at Meador Homestead’

‘Momma Dean’s Southern Cooking at Meador Homestead’

A rich blend of memories, menus, recipes and photographs—springing from Hattiesburg resident Dean Meador Smith’s love for family, history and entertaining—distinguish her new cookbook.
    “This is what the book is all about—a way for you to experience over 100 years in the life of a simple family, their way of living and the food they loved to eat,” Smith said. “Pictures in the book visually tie the stories and food together, inviting you to enjoy this tiny southern piece of heaven.”
    Smith is referring to the Arnold-Meador cabin, built of hand-hewn pine in 1884, the year of Hattiesburg’s incorporation. She and her husband, Eddie, restored the log cabin in 2009 and the following year opened Meador Homestead Bed and Breakfast. There, Smith also operates Simply TeaVine, a popular tea room where she serves southern delicacies and tea in a setting surrounded by camellias, azaleas and pines.
    The stories and historic photos Smith presents in her cookbook are integral to the history of Mississippi’s Piney Woods region. For example, Smith devotes a chapter to her Circuit Rider’s Tea, a nod to her great-great-grandfather, Levi Meador, a Methodist who traveled on horseback (thus the name “circuit rider”) to preach salvation to settlers and organize congregations in rural areas. The menu includes Preacher Man’s Stew, Hoecakes, Grilled Apple and Cheese Sandwich, and Heavenly Hash Cake.
    “Momma Dean’s Southern Cooking at Meador Homestead” is a cookbook to be savored. Come on in. It’s friendly and warm inside—not to mention delicious.
    To order, send check payable to His Lambs Co. to His Lambs Co., 3304 Southaven Drive, Hattiesburg, MS 39402. Price is $37.40 for one book, $64.20 for two books and $80.25 for three. Add $5 S&H.
    For more information, call 601-268-3236 or visit www.meadorhomestead.com.
    Dean Smith will sign copies of her cookbook Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. at Lemuria Books in Jackson.

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