A warm, comforting meal with family and friends after a funeral is as much a tradition as turkey on Thanksgiving.
Comfort food has been scientifically proven to make us feel less alone, happier, and evoke memories of good times. So whether you’re interested in exploring new recipe ideas for Thanksgiving with family and friends, or just looking to sharpen your skills at making some funeral comfort food, here are four cookbooks that focus solely on funeral comfort food:
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The South knows comfort food, and they also know funeral traditions. Being Dead is No Excuse: The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral is an entertaining explanation of southern funeral traditions.
Each chapter explores unique southern rituals and ends with a unique recipe. From Virginia’s Butter Beans, to Can’t Die Without It Caramel Cake, to classic Southern Fried Chicken; the book shows that “no one eats better than a bereaved Southerner.”
Death Warmed Over takes you out of the South and explores rituals and funeral food customs all over the world. The cultures represented include Egyptian, Greek, Mormon, Mongolian and several others. Containing 75 recipe ideas, it’s a globe-spanning adventure in cooking, culture, and funeral traditions.
Like Being Dead is No Excuse, this cookbook is set in the South — mainly central Virginia. The book contains more than 100 different recipe ideas; from corn pudding, to southern peas, to homemade punch. The book is much more than just a cookbook — the author, Jessica Ward, also includes several personal stories, explanations of rituals, funeral etiquette, and advice on writing obituaries and condolences.
Funeral potatoes are perhaps one of the greatest comfort foods. What better way to warm a heart (and stomach) than creamy, cheesy potato casserole? Funeral potatoes are a Mormon tradition and found at almost every luncheon in Idaho and Utah. Boasting more than 60 variations of potato recipes, Funeral Potatoes: And Other Potato Recipes to Die For will surely satisfy any and all potato cravings.
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