When I visited Natchez, Mississippi last May with my friend, Linda, we toured Stanton Hall, a beautiful Classical Revival mansion built during 1851-1857. Linda had toured Stanton many times before and couldn’t wait for me to see it. I couldn’t wait either!
It was very grand inside and I was looking forward to taking photos to share with you here on the blog. Imagine how disappointed we were when the docent began our tour by saying absolutely no pictures were allowed inside. What???
The docent told us the reason pictures were no longer allowed is because when Stanton Hall was featured on an episode of This Old House with Norm Abram touring the home, shortly afterwards a valuable sterling-silver piece (a large bowl, I think) vanished from the dining room sideboard.
They blamed the theft on the house being featured on the show to millions of viewers. From that day forward, all photography inside was banned. Boo hiss! Don’t you just hate it when one bad apple ruins it for everyone.
The book I’m sharing today opens with a few views of the interior of Stanton Hall along with a ton of wonderful southern recipes from the Natchez area. But that’s just the beginning!
In the BNOTP Library: Lee Bailey’s Southern Food And Plantation Houses
Author: Lee Bailey
Hardcover: 176 pages
3 Things I Like About This Book:
- Lee Bailey was a columnist and contributing editor for Food and Wine magazine. This book is primarily a recipe book sharing some of the best food you’ll ever eat from the Natchez Mississippi area. The bonus is it gives us little glimpses inside 19 antebellum homes in Natchez! What a great concept for a book. When I read about it, being an old house lover I knew I had to have a copy.
- The historic Natchez homes Lee takes us inside in this book are: Stanton Hall, Elgin, Hawthorne, Mistletoe, Belvedere at Monmouth, Oakland, Edgewood, Cherokee, Green Leaves, Hope Farm, Dunleith, Montaigne, D’Evereux, Elms, Lansdowne, Routhland, Twin Oaks and Linden.
- I want to try every recipe in this entire book; they all look and sound amazing! In addition to some beautiful interiors, we are also treated to several gorgeous table settings.
When we finished our tour of Stanton Hall, we headed to the gift store in back. That’s where I purchased another book I’ve featured in the past, Southern Cocktails by Denise Gee. You’ll find more information about that book here: Southern Cocktails
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