Review

A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet: Southern Stories of Faith, Family, and Fifteen Pounds of Bacon

by Sophie Hudson

Sophie Hudson is funny. Plain and simple. She is the author of BooMama.net, a blog she started writing in 2005 (and surprised herself by sticking with it). Since that time, she has also written for HomeLife Magazine and contributes to Pioneer Woman’s blog. Hudson is a Southern gal with a sweet Southern style, and through her hilarious stories about those nearest and dearest to her, readers will find themselves belly-laughing from the first paragraph on page one to the final paragraph on the last.

Hudson’s take on life is from the perspective of a faith-filled, laughter-filled, and fun-loving-filled life. Her husband and both their families are fair game as objects of “fun” in her storytelling. She admits that her stories might not be 100% true --- but they are mostly true, and always told with the highest measure of affection and love.

"This lighten-your-heart text is full to overflowing with delicious recipes (what Southern gal in her right mind wouldn’t include recipes?), and tales (true or not so much) that warm your heart and tickle your funny bone 18 different ways to Sunday."

This lighten-your-heart text is full to overflowing with delicious recipes (what Southern gal in her right mind wouldn’t include recipes?), and tales (true or not so much) that warm your heart and tickle your funny bone 18 different ways to Sunday. Hudson is transparent about her not-so-want-to-be-a-mama gene and how God changed her mind (thanks be to God since she now has a son)! She also shares her countless conversations with her full-of-Southern-charm mother-in-law, who is her polar opposite in build and personality type. Hudson spreads the charm thick as cream as she recounts her mother-in-law’s ability to turn anything connected to technology into an ordeal worthy of an Oscar nomination.

Some of Hudson’s other especially comical chapter titles (and topics) include: A Denominational Showdown in the Frozen Foods Aisle, Because Nothing Says “Welcome” like Rifling through a Handbag, Mother’s Got a Bell, A Ringy-Ding Bell, It Only Takes a Spark to Get a Kindle Going, and Because Nothing Says “Happy Anniversary” like Eight Pounds of Bacon.

Speaking of bacon, Hudson believes in the power of this salty breakfast meat to make a recipe complete. So much so that her folks add bacon (and lots of it) to many of their homemade recipes. And food? That’s where the family meets to gather around the table. Hudson remarks that when she was younger, she always believed that the food was the reason for the meal. Now she knows better. The food still feeds the body, but the family gathering around the table helps to feed their soul. Food. Fellowship. Friendships. Faith. Fun. These are the main ingredients in Hudson’s books and in her life. She writes so convincingly of these attributes that readers will be clamoring for more of her faith-filled stories of family shenanigans.

Good reading, good times. Don’t miss A LITTLE SALTY TO CUT THE SWEET.

Reviewed by Michele Howe on June 14, 2013

A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet: Southern Stories of Faith, Family, and Fifteen Pounds of Bacon
by Sophie Hudson