Alabama NewsCenter — Viral video star, cookbook author Brenda Gantt is Alabama’s iconic grandmother

| June 30, 2022 @ 6:00 pm

By Michelle Matthews
This is Alabama

If you’re at all familiar with Brenda Gantt, you’ve probably wondered if the energetic septuagenarian cook ever sits down.

I’m here to tell you that she does, occasionally. I’ve actually seen her sit down for exactly 45 minutes, which was my allotted time for an interview in her home on a recent rainy morning.

I arrived at her side door as instructed, holding my umbrella overhead after a pretty drive through the outskirts of Andalusia in south Alabama, past tall pines, blooming mimosa trees and ever-present kudzu. Gantt and her grandson, William, who was visiting from Tuscaloosa with his sister Isabella, were sitting at the table in her kitchen – the very kitchen where her fame began in April 2020. Having already fed and visited with the guests staying at the Cottle House Bed and Breakfast across the street, Gantt was enjoying the leftover biscuits (yes, those famous biscuits, some of which were still sitting in a cast-iron skillet on the chopping block in the center of the kitchen) topped with sawmill gravy, plus local Hilltop sausage and grits with cream cheese.

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