A family saga with all the usual angst, romance, and conflicts, Leila Meacham’s Tumbleweeds offers an easy fast summer read, despite its 470 pages. The love triangle of John, Trey (TD) and Cathy rapidly moves from eleven year olds who bond as orphans being raised by assorted grandmothers and elderly aunts, to betrayal when they graduate from high school, and finally to separate lives – until they reunite in Texas twenty years later. A good beach read to rival Thornbirds or Shell Seekers.
Meacham offers a recipe at the end of the book:
Emma’s Hot Water Corn Bread
- Pour 2 cups of yellow cornmeal into a good-sized mixing bowl.
- Sprinkle the top with salt.
- Pour boiling water over the mixture; stir with wooden spoon.
- Drop by tablespoons into hot oil; fry until brown and crispy; turn over and cook the other side until brown and crispy.
- Drain on paper towels and serve with molasses or honey.
Not particularly healthy – but tasty.