Fruitcake: Heirloom Recipes and Memories of Truman Capote and Cousin Sook

Fruitcake: Heirloom Recipes and Memories of Truman Capote and Cousin Sook

by Marie Rudisill
     
 

Fruitcake is a jaunty little collection of heirloom fruitcake recipes selected by Marie Rudisill from a nineteenth-century family farm journal owned by Sook Faulk, a cousin of Rudisill and Truman Capote, who immortalized Sook in his novella, A Christmas Memory. Rudisill, made famous as "The Fruitcake Lady" on Jay Leno's Tonight Show, aims to

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Fruitcake is a jaunty little collection of heirloom fruitcake recipes selected by Marie Rudisill from a nineteenth-century family farm journal owned by Sook Faulk, a cousin of Rudisill and Truman Capote, who immortalized Sook in his novella, A Christmas Memory. Rudisill, made famous as "The Fruitcake Lady" on Jay Leno's Tonight Show, aims to elevate the much-maligned reputation of what she calls "the queen of cakes" in this book, which features 23 enticing recipes, including Peacock Fruitcake, Chocolate Fruitcake, Civil War Fruitcake, Pore Man's Fruitcake, and Farmer's Fruitcake. These are interspersed with pithy facts about fruitcake, an excerpt from A Christmas Memory, bits of kitchen wisdom and baking tips, and charming family reminiscences, most of which feature Truman and Sook. With a new foreword by cookbook author Jean Anderson, this entertaining volume enriches our experience of southern cooking by raising up one of its least-trumpeted culinary traditions.

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Even a reader who harbors no love for fruitcake will delight in this little book.—Baton Rouge Advocate

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807899304
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
09/07/2010
Edition description:
1
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
4.80(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.50(d)

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Are Southern fruitcakes America's best? For me, absolutely. But if you harbor any doubts, the repertoire of handed-down family recipes in Marie Rudisill's Fruitcake will lay them to rest.—Jean Anderson, from the foreword

Meet the Author

Hailing from a large family in Monroeville, Alabama, Marie Rudisill (1911-2006) was Truman Capote's doting aunt, an energetic family memoirist and writer, and a fruitcake fan. She was winner of the 2001 Jack Daniel Lifetime Achievement Award of the Southern Foodways Alliance.

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