For an empty stomach -- the soft chaw -- namely a group of kindly, occasionally funny stories about corucrackerbarrelingpoliticking in Greenwood County, Kentucky -- stories which Mr. Stuart has written over the years and which have appeared in anything from the American Mercury to Esquire as welt as regional magazines. Many of them do deal with going after or bringing in the vote whether it's a Governor or a Senator or a school trustee (where's that Colonel?) -- perhaps ""Uncle Casper"" who's on the side of the Lord and for just about everything or Willie who's running for Governor even if he didn't finish the Elementary. There's moonshining and a murder and a girl who runs a stoplight right into the arms of a state police officer. Clean, earthy, practical fables by the Aesop of the smokehouse or the cow patty.