Sula by Toni Morrison: Keto Pink Lemonade

I’m actually behind in sharing my book reviews and recipes with you. Life has been busy. Work has been stressful. But I have been reading a lot and I have two more recipes I need to make and photograph, with a third one coming soon with as fast as I’ve been reading.

This isn’t the second book I’ve read this year, but it is the second book I’m sharing with you. I first read Toni Morrison in high school when we read Song of Solomon. I have since read Beloved. I decided to tackle Sula. While Morrison’s writing isn’t difficult to read or to understand, there is something very difficult and raw about the stories she tells.

Set in Ohio, Sula is the story of the friendship of Sula and Nel. But to understand Sula and Nel and their relationship with each other, Morrison explains the dynamics of both of their families. Nel’s family follows the rules; Sula’s family is the exact opposite. Though best friends for many years, Sula betrays Nel in the worst of ways cementing Sula’s disfavored view by the residents of their community.

Though not a food book by any means, there were some references to food that gave me some ideas of what to make.

  • Rice, meats, stewed tomatoes with a cup of whitish liquid
  • Smoked Harm
  • Warm bowl of peas with cold bread
  • Store-bought cherry pie
  • Fresh corn, tomatoes, string beans, and melon rinds
  • Peach and cherry jelly and preserves
  • Chicken bones
  • Ribs
  • Cobbler
  • Cornish hens in a nest of rice
  • Meal fried porgies
  • Lime jello
  • Ice cream sundaes
  • Tough birds, heavy pork cakes, and pithy sweet potatoes

Lemonade comes into the story when Eva (Sula’s grandmother) learns that her ex was coming into town. Eva wasn’t sure whether she would yearn for him while he was there or whether she would kill him. She makes some lemonade which she serves him when she arrives. It isn’t until he leaves that Eva sees him leave with another woman. It is then she decides she hates him. These relationships shape Sula, including her perceptions on relationships and men, ultimately leading to the downfall of her friendship with Nel.

I bought some beautiful lemons at the farmer’s market today. It’s why Sula jumped the line of books to share.

Keto Pink Lemonade


  • 3/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 2 liters sparkling water
  • 1/4 cup erythritol
  • 1 tsp swerve sweetener


  1. Mix together the lemon and lime juice, raspberries, water, and sweeteners in a pitcher.
  2. Serve over ice.

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