By People Staff
February 20, 1978 12:00 PM

by Betty Talmadge

Oh, the poor Southerners. This is the author’s description of the food she served dating back to the days when she and Herman (the U.S. senator and her ex-husband) were living on an old worked-out Georgia farm. “We start with mint juleps…In winter, we often serve country ham, fried chicken, baked grits, candied apples, cucumber mousse with sliced tomatoes, green beans or turnip greens, ‘Cile’s corn bread, hot biscuits and pecan tassies.” That’s one meal—not a week’s menu. Then Mrs. Talmadge turned country hams into an international business, and now she has turned her recipes into a cookbook. How about trying Scalloped Squash, Mama’s Pot Likker, Hoppin’ John, Hot Pepper Grits, Fried Okra, Sweet Potato Balls, Southern Jam Cake? Ah, that’s livin’. (Simon & Schuster, $9.95)