From the back cover: "Southerners are known for their hospitable generosity, and funerals in the south occupy an entire category of hospitality. Family members divvy up the duties and neighbors quickly transform into teams, deploying buttermilk biscuits and honey-baked hams to ease broken hearts and soothe frayed nerves. In Southern Sympathy, Perre Coleman Magness has assembled a collection of delectable and delightful recipes that are, well, to die for. Filled with old-school, community-cookbook classic recipes and internationally inspired dishes with a nod to the New South, she has got you covered. The best part is that you don't need to wait for a funeral to try them."