I’ve been cooking as long as I’ve been singing, which is simply as long as I can remember. Singing in church and sitting counterside helping my mama and grandmothers cook taught me a lot about life. Those ladies were at the door of anyone around who had a birth or death in their family, got a promotion, lost a job, or just broke a bone – with some kind of casserole or cake in hand and with me and my little sister in tow. Aside from learning to cook, I learned how important it is to share time in the kitchen with people you love, to nourish your family, and to foster friendships. Our families’ kitchens were where I found my passion and my voice.”
I love to see real emotion on people’s faces as I sing a song. I adore hearing the pleasure in people’s voices when I have cooked something that brings great delight to their taste buds or comfort to their hearts. Growing up in the Appalachian foothills of North Georgia, we were taught to love simple pleasures, like Sunday rides in the country, a warm cobbler, the sound of children singing. Those are the things I remember from my childhood, and they still make me happy today. I like to take care of people, make people happy. I find such pleasure in filling up bellies! My home is where my heart is, and my kitchen is the heart of my home. It’s where I take care of people. My desire is for you to show love to the people who mean the most to you through recipes in this book. I am sharing my heart in the stories and memories that I hold most dear. I hope they spark memories in you and inspire you to love even deeper with every dusting of flour and tearful chopping of onions.
Fans have fallen for Kimberly’s easy confidence in the kitchen and effortless way she entertains. The love her cooking the same way they’ve swooned over her high harmonies singing with country music powerhouse Little Big Town.
In Oh Gussie!, Kimberly shares soul-pleasing recipes and soul-stirring stories from her roots in the Appalachian foothills of north Georgia, her travels on tour with the band, and from the life she loves back home in country music’s capital.
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