I had a call a few weeks ago asking me about one of the Sweet Potato Queen recipes that I mentioned in a past installment of Kitsey’s Kitchen. The recipe is called Homicidal Maniac (Mac) And Cheese and it is, as the name suggests, to die for. That recipe can be found in the book “American Thighs: The Sweet Potato Queens’ Guide to Preserving Your Assets” by Jill Conner Browne.
I have mentioned the Sweet Potato Queens in several columns so I thought I would take the opportunity to do an author review on Jill Conner Browne. In short, she is amazing and you really should stop reading this right now and run out and buy (or check out at the library) all of her books.
The first of her books that I ever read was “The Sweet Potato Queen’s Field Guide to Men: Every Man I Love is Either Married, Gay, or Dead.” I picked it up as a beach read one summer and have been obsessed with all things Sweet Potato Queen ever since.
Jill’s books are all hilarious stories from her personal life and those of her friends. Reading them feels more like you are just hanging out with a really fun friend instead of reading a book. Her insights on life, love and food are just so funny and will probably leave you nodding your head in agreement, as well as laughing hysterically.
The first book she wrote is called “The Sweet Potato Queen’s Book of Love.” The title stems from the song “Who Wrote the Book of Love?” Well, now you know the answer to that question, the Sweet Potato Queens, of course!
“The Sweet Potato Queen’s Big Ass Cookbook and Financial Planner” is probably my very favorite. The recipes in the book are not written out in typical recipe format, but rather in a story format that makes it seem like a friend explaining a favorite recipe to you. Jill’s added commentary on specific ingredients are some of the best parts. And the financial advice is also extremely funny. She suggests things like hoping your daddy never dies so he can keep paying for stuff for you.
Other titles by Jill Conner Browne include “The Sweet Potato Queen’s Wedding Planner/Divorce Guide,” “God Save the Sweet Potato Queens,” “The Sweet Potato Queen’s Guide to Raising Children for Fun and Profit” and “Fat is the New 30.”
“The Sweet Potato Queen’s First Big-Ass Novel: Stuff We Didn’t Actually Do, but Could Have and May Yet” is also a great read if you prefer a more fictional tale.
For more about Jill Conner Browne, her books and the real life Sweet Potato Queens and their outrageous parade hosted every year in Jackson, Mississippi, visit www.sweetpotatoqueens.com.
If you have a favorite book or author, I’d love to hear about them. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 336-518-3049.
Kitsey Burns Harrison is a reporter for The Yadkin Ripple, here she shares her musings on food, life and love. She can be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.