Paperback: 296 pages
Weight: 0.84 lb
Genre: Cooking, Regional, Southern, Christian
From the Foreword
When families from the American South gather around the dinner table, the meal is often preceded by a short lull in conversation that is soon broken by the following interrogatory prompt: “who wants to turn thanks?” Just as often, the prompt might be directed at someone in particular, such as “Jim, will you turn thanks?”
What we actually mean is: “will someone please step up and take the lead in thanking our Lord for the food that we are about to consume?” Essentially, we are returning gratitude for the bountiful harvest before us. We are “turning thanks.”
Praying done, it is then time to eat. The silence and solemnity that preceded the meal is replaced by the clatter of forks, spoons, and knives against pots, pans, and dishes; not to mention the thrum of conversation and hearty laughter that always accompanies the gatherings of loved ones.
You won’t find much on the Internet about “turning thanks” as a colloquialism. A general Google search for the phrase results in a single blog post about the phrase itself. The next few hundred results feature sentences that end with the word “turning” followed by a new sentence that begins with the word “Thanks.”
No matter. We know what we mean by it.
Most importantly, the receiver of our gratitude knows what we mean by it.
Situated among the rolling hills of Southern Middle Tennessee, Mt. Wesley Akin Nazarene Church is often home to exactly the kind of gatherings and gratefulness that God inspires. In the pages that follow, you will find a few of the many favorite recipes that the families of the church turn thanks for on a regular basis. And you will learn a little about the church and our community along the way.
So get out your pots, pans, and dishes. Polish up those forks, spoons, and knives. And bring your appetite. There’s good eatin’ and friendly folks waiting just inside.
Who wants to turn thanks?