If These Fields Could Talk is the inspiring and heartwarming true story of Leatha Jackson's rise from abject poverty in the pre-Civil Rights South to beloved matriarch and "barbeque queen" of Mississippi. Leatha's journey stands as a powerful example of what an unshakable faith in God, love, and family can create. After many years of sweat, toil, and dreaming, with the unwavering support of her devoted husband and children, Leatha made magic in the heart of the South. Her legacy, Leatha's BBQ Inn, has become a Mississippi landmark, a family institution, a featured restaurant on national television shows, and a favorite of locals, traveling "foodies," and celebrity regulars...and the story of how it all came to be is as remarkable as a plate of Leatha's delicious barbeque. As Leatha would say, "It's all about love."
Leatha Jackson was born in Meadville, Mississippi in 1923, and in 1955, she moved to Foxworth, Mississippi. Jackson opened Leatha’s Bar-B-Que Inn in 1976 with the intention of bringing folks old-fashioned barbeque, and since then it has become nationally famous. Though she passed away in 2013, her family continues her legacy of love for the community and barbeque done right.
My Review: 5 Stars!
A must-read inspiration story of hope, faith, courage, and resilience. Leatha Jackson had that spark of whatever it is inside some people that spur them on to achieve great things despite their circumstances in life. Her restaurant, Leatha's Bar-be-que, is a well-known fixture in Hattiesburg, Ms. It is known outside the boundaries of this little town as well, and is the stopping place for anyone passing through. I highly recommend this book. If anyone makes excuses for why they can't do anything with their life, they won't have any more excuses left after reading the real-life story of this woman's rise out of poverty due to her hard work and desire to make a difference in her life and for her children.
I live in Hattiesburg and was in Leatha's to pick up an order and saw this book for sale at the counter. I made an impulse buy and purchased it, and I'm glad I did. As a reviewer, I don't purchase books often because I get many books in exchange for writing reviews. In order for one to be interesting enough for me to want to purchase it these days is rare.
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