Dori can be found most days, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, at her family's peach stand in Filbert, South Carolina, selling peaches and autographing her books.
"Packed with the directions for making such savory-sounding dishes
as Smothered Chicken, Fresh Corn and Tomato Stew, Heavenly
Flour-Bread Biscuits, and Sweet Potato Pound Cake with Peach Glaze,
Dori Sander's Country Cooking, is peppered with anecdotes and the
wisdom gleaned from Sanders' sixty-plus years as a member of a
-- Orlando Sentinel
"Like the peaches that are so prominent in the story, Clover is bursting with sweetness, flavor, and color."
-- San Francisco Chronicle
"Warmly engrossing...Sanders writes with wit and authority in this unusual gem of a love story."
-- Chicago Tribune
-- Orlando Sentinel
Clover and Ms. Sanders' second novel, Her Own Place, offer the experience of growing up in the rural South. Dori Sanders' Country Cooking offers the taste of growing up in the rural South detailing the family recipes and stories told at the peach stand. The eighth of 10 children, Ms. Sanders grew up on her family's peach farm in Filbert. Working on the farm has had a lasting impact on the writer. Writing is her way of passing down family history to the next generation. "I guess I started writing because I wanted to leave something for my nieces and nephews, as a way to tell them what life was like on the farm, because I know when my generation passes, this farm will pass out of our family," Ms. Sanders said.
She received the Lillian Smith Award for Clover. It has been translated into numerous languages. Her Own Place is about a woman who buys a farm, works it, raises a family and moves to town. Protagonist, "Mae Lee represents all women who struggled after World War II, " Sanders said.
Ms. Sanders recalls telling stories at a place known as the "storytelling rock". Dori and her sisters and brothers would gather there for hours sharing all sorts of stories. Those sessions at the rock led to the formal creation of her own published stories.
The granddaughter of a freed slave, Ms. Sanders recently made an address at the 7th Annual Southern Foodways Symposium in Oxford, MS on the 40th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Her speech: Promise Land: A Farmer Remembers" tied family history, farming and the food we all share together. As Ms. Sanders said in her speech in October 2004 at the Symposium, "Food is universal. A must for survival. Food in its own way unites, it nourishes the body and soul."
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