Miranda Lambert On The Strong Women In Her Life

Miranda Lambert

Emily Dorio

About Miranda Lambert

Growing up in small town Texas, where there were seemingly more churches than people, Miranda Lambert encountered every aspect of life thanks to her supportive parents and family. Her loving parents were private investigators and often opened their home to clients and other people in need – especially women who needed a safe place to escape to. And these encounters provided inspiration for much of the world weary songwriting that may have sometimes outpaced her own lived experience early in her career. But while she’s been standing firmly on her own two feet for a while now, she still has an impressive intergenerational support system of women who back up her confidence and now she’s got a cookbook that pays homage to them.

What Miranda Lambert Talks About In This Episode

  • Growing up in small town Texas
  • Her new cookbook that pays homage to the women in her family
  • Living farm to table growing up
  • Working in the garden with her brother as children
  • Her grandmother, Nonny, and her influence on her life and cookbook
  • The holidays and family traditions
  • The church's influence on her life and music
  • Her mom's famous meatloaf
  • Her song with Morgan Wallen
  • The strong women in her family

Quotes From Miranda Lambert

"That was at what we call The House That Built Me. It is the house that I grew up in, in East Texas. It was a run-down farmhouse that my mom somehow made into a beautiful home, little by little. That's why that song was so special when I heard it, because I lived it. And that was when we had kind of lost everything and my parents were starting over." – Miranda Lambert

"Going to Nonny's for a holiday felt very glamorous to us, and I think that's where I get my love for the pretty things in life º from her. She loved fur and, (laughs) just really, for a small town person, felt very big." - Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert

I was lucky enough to get Nonnie's crystal. She gave it to me. And a couple of things that she used to love to serve on she gave me. That's what's so special, is – and I don't think it's a Southern thing; I think it's just universal – this idea of passing something down that already carries so many memories and so much of your heritage. I think that part that we reiterate in this book is so important because, when I hold a plate that was my grandma's or my great-grandma's deviled egg plate, I'm like, 'How many memories does this thing have? This is so great.' And I feel a duty to carry on the traditions of whatever that plate represented.

— Miranda Lambert

"Well, I'm Texan and Southern. (laughs)...Sometimes there's this connotation with Southern people and the one thing I know about us is that we're welcome, come one, come all, come as you are. And I take so much pride in that. Our book is very much about being Southern, but it's the not judgmental kind, and that's the most important thing to me. It's come as you are, stay as long as you need to. That's Southern to me." - Miranda Lambert

About Biscuits & Jam

In the South, talking about food is personal. It's a way of sharing your history, your family, your culture, and yourself. Each week Sid Evans, editor in chief of Southern Living, sits down with celebrity musicians to hear stories of how they grew up, what inspired them, and how they've been shaped by Southern culture. Sid takes us back to some of their most cherished memories and traditions, the family meals they still think about, and their favorite places to eat on the road. Download and listen to this episode of Biscuits & Jam with Miranda Lambert on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, or everywhere podcasts are available.

Editor’s Note: Please be mindful that this transcript does not go through our standard editorial process and may contain inaccuracies and grammatical errors

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