"Aunt Bee's Mayberry Cookbook"
by Ken Beck and Jim Clark
Reviewed by Mike Givens
This book is a fun look back at the Mayberry presented to viewers in "The Andy Griffith Show".
Enhanced by pictures and dialogues from the show, the recipes will transport you into the kitchens of Mayberry.
Recipes are given witty names and some contain a short quip related to characters or aspects of the show.
"Helen's Honor Rolls" claim "You'll move to the head of the class with these." Where appropriate contributors' names are listed at the end of the recipe.
The book is bound with a plastic spline, allowing it to lie flat on the counter when preparing a recipe. Sections cover example menus, appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, sweets, and more. Those who watch the show will remember "Aunt Bee's Kerosene Cucumbers", a hot and spicy treat. Staples from the Mayberry region include "Goober Peas", "Pan-fried Flounder Floyd", and "Aunt Bee's Apple Pie".
The photos and dialogues will make you feel like you're sharing your kitchen with Mayberry's finest. Short biographies also accompany some of the photos. Visit with the townspeople from the sheriff, Andy Taylor, to the ever-bothersome Darling family. Thumb through the pages while enjoying some of "Ernest T. Bass's Nutty Fruit Cake" with your coffee.
All Mayberry aficionados should have a great time with this book. Over 240 pages in length, there are 300 recipes dedicated to the Mayberry theme. Have fun with them and invite your friends to a Mayberry inspired dinner party. This book can be purchased online from Amazon.com by going to "Aunt Bee's Mayberry Cookbook".