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Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

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Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg

Whilst I was on holiday, I read Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg. I must be one of the few people who have never seen the film so I came to the book completely fresh and with no expectations. What I found was a lovely story that warmed the cockles of my heart! To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of my favourite books, and because of that, I have a definite soft spot for novels set in the deep south. The same deceptively gentle storytelling that Harper Lee uses is at work in this book as well, masking some horrifically violent events that happen in the course of the novel. The way Mrs Threadgoode and Evelyn Couch’s conversations reveal the story of Idgie and Ruth is a very clever device and I cared about all the characters deeply. I had wanted to get to know Idgie better than this method allows though as for me she is such a central character, and yet remains a bit of an enigma. The other thing I really liked about this book was the recipes at the back. Food and feeding those you love was such a central theme to the book that the recipes feel like the perfect ending. I have yet to try Sipsey’s Fried Green Tomatoes, but I certainly will if I see green tomatoes in the shops! If you are looking for a heart warming easy read with love, food and triumph over adversity, this is the book for you!

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