Mother's Day isn't easy to ignore.
Father's Day, June 17th this year, doesn't seem such a big deal; school is out, Summer officially arrives a short time later, and with it the longest day of the year. If Dad seems to take second place to Mom in the acknowledgment / buy a gift situation I offer for consideration three exceptional Dads to get to know.
Besides their roles as fathers, Rick Bragg, Rinker Buck and Scott Kelly are an exceptional trio. Kelly is an astronaut, Buck a journalist and adventurer, Bragg a Pulitzer Prize winning author. All three have produced books that inspire and amaze.
Currently, Rick Bragg's latest book, The Best Cook in the World Tales from My Momma's Table, is getting rave reviews. A cookbook by a guy about his mother's recipes? Hardly. It's a memoir of the hardscrabble lives of generations of Bragg's family in Georgia and Alabama. Bragg's prose is at its best when he describes the life he knows so well: “On TV, Southern cooks are often portrayed mixing a julep, or staggering under a Kentucky Derby hat the size of a Fiat, or planning a wedding with antebellum gowns and at least one cannon.” … He adds, about his Momma speaking of her cooking, “People is used to different things now … but don't bring it into my kitchen.” Each chapter in this enchanting book includes a family photograph and a detailed recipe – get out the butter and bacon grease.
Bragg's other books include Ava's Man, about his maternal grandfather; The Prince of Frogtown that recounts Bragg's search for his biological father; and All Over But the Shoutin', his autobiography. If you like one, you'll enjoy all of them.