If author Deborah Ford's organization, GRITS (that is, Girls Raised in the South) makes you want to GAG (that is, form a group called Girls Against GRITS), consider the underlying theme of Ford's latest book, Puttin on the Grits: A Guide to Southern Entertaining
. Among the recipes for Oreo pie and the bromides about wearing pearls, there's something everyone should remember, regardless of gender or geography: Be nice. Ford signs Puttin on the Grits
at Davis-Kidd tonight at 6 p.m.