“If this doesn't make you hungry, and thirsty, call the doctor, you are sick.”– Roy Blount Jr.
“Julia Reed is on the loose again, this time discoursing as savvily and fearlessly and hilariously as always on the unquestionable superiority of Southern cookery, the social status of the gin martini, Spanish paprika, and a few dozen other matters of some urgency. With each collection of essays, ‘Miss Julia’ just gets better and better, a voice that never loses its originality, freshness, and supreme wit.”—James Villas, author of Pig: King of the Southern Table, and Crazy for Casseroles
"Julia Reed is a unique figure in American life and letters. No one writes better about the art of hospitality and the centrality of food, drink, and good company--the things that make our hours glow and our souls sound. With wit, insight, and a sure sense of the human condition, Julia is an indispensable guide to living well.”—Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-Winning author of Thomas Jefferson, The Art of Power
“Not since Hemingway have I read a more exciting journal of great food, drink, friends, and life. The storytelling made me feel as if I were there with her, and, now, I wish I had been.”—Donald Link, author of Real Cajun and chef owner of New Orleans’ acclaimed Herbsaint and Cochon restaurants
“Julia Reed could make boiled newspaper sound delicious… She gives each meal a juicy backstory and characters you wish you’d stayed up all night carousing with, making it the stuff of legend and not just a midnight snack. Her latest essay collection, But Mama Always Put Vodka in Her Sangria! is a sensory delight and fantasia for aspiring chefs, but it’s also big-hearted and fun.”—BookPage
“One of the brightest and best writers of our times lives down in New Orleans…Julia has a new book out titled "But Mama Always Put Vodka in her Sangria" and it is so much fun, it will -- as they say in Mississippi -- "make you hit your grandma!" I know this phrase to be high praise because my own ladylike-precious grandmother, Sally Ball McCall, often used this absurd expression as the highest praise.”—Liz Smith, Chicago Tribune
“Sassy and fun…A master storyteller, Reed gives readers an insider’s view of her native Mississippi Delta and Florida’s Gulf Coast as well as snippets of her global travels. Sip a perfect Pimm’s Royale with her at the Paris Ritz and learn entertaining tips from accomplished hostesses ranging from Pat Buckley to Pearl Bailey and, of course, Reed’s own mother.”—Orlando Sentinel
“Reed's reflections and anecdotes are siren calls to the kitchen; an experience heightened by her delight in sharing tales of a Southern upbringing surrounded by good cooks.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review