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Stirring It Up with Molly Ivins: A Memoir with Recipes [NOOK Book]

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You probably knew Molly Ivins as an unabashed civil libertarian who used her rapier wit and good ole Texas horse sense to excoriate political figures she deemed unworthy of our trust and respect. But did you also know that Molly was one helluva cook? And we're not just talking chili and chicken-fried steak, either. Molly Ivins honed her culinary skills on visits to France-often returning with perfected techniques for saumon en papillote or delectable clafouti aux cerises. Friends who had the privilege of sharing ...
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Overview

You probably knew Molly Ivins as an unabashed civil libertarian who used her rapier wit and good ole Texas horse sense to excoriate political figures she deemed unworthy of our trust and respect. But did you also know that Molly was one helluva cook? And we're not just talking chili and chicken-fried steak, either. Molly Ivins honed her culinary skills on visits to France-often returning with perfected techniques for saumon en papillote or delectable clafouti aux cerises. Friends who had the privilege of sharing Molly's table got not only a heaping helping of her insights into the political shenanigans of the day, but also a mouth-watering meal, prepared from scratch with the finest ingredients and assembled with the same meticulous attention to detail that Molly devoted to skewering a political recalcitrant. In Stirring It Up with Molly Ivins, her longtime friend, fellow reporter, and frequent sous-chef Ellen Sweets takes us into the kitchen with Molly and introduces us to the private woman behind the public figure. She serves up her own and others' favorite stories about Ivins as she recalls the fabulous meals they shared, complete with recipes for thirty-five of Molly's signature dishes. These stories reveal a woman who was even more fascinating and complex than the "professional Texan" she enjoyed playing in public. Friends who ate with Molly knew a cultured woman who was a fluent French speaker, voracious reader, rugged outdoors aficionado, music lover, loyal and loving friend, and surrogate mom to many of her friends' children, as well as to her super-spoiled poodle. They also came to revere the courageous woman who refused to let cancer stop her from doing what she wanted, when she wanted. This is the Molly you'll be delighted to meet in Stirring It Up with Molly Ivins.
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Editorial Reviews

Huffington Post
Knowing Miz Molly . . . in the kitchen, at the supermarket and grocery store, and around the dining room and restaurant table is a great way to reflect on who Molly Ivins was, how profoundly and amusingly she thought, and the enormous amount she had to contribute to our understanding of Texas and national politics.
Wall Street Journal
A whiz with a whisk and French cuisine connoisseur, Ms. Ivins honed her skills as the consummate dinner-party host. Ms. Sweets’s anecdotes about the cast of characters who roundtabled Ms. Ivins’s home are as satisfying as the Texas pistol’s concoctions.
Columbia Journalism Review
Sweets is an engaging writer, and the book bursts with personality and humor. . . . As a portrait of a friendship, Stirring It Up is a poignant work that travels beyond the public view of a writer’s life.
Denver Post
A rendering of a deep and lasting friendship, painted with dozens of anecdotes about Sweets and Ivins and their rollicking adventures in cooking and eating, including dropping gumbo on the floor before later serving it to assembled guests.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292742208
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 1/20/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 4 MB

Table of Contents

Foreword by Lou Dubose
Acknowledgments
1. Meeting Molly
2. Dining In, Dining Out
3. Who, Me? No Way!
4. Meeting Multiple Mollies
5. The Molly Too Few Knew
6. Are You Feeling Chili?
7. Julia Child Meets Chicken-fried Steak
8. Mise en Place
9. Food in the 'Hood
10. Vive la France!
11. Gumbo Daze
12. We Get By with a Little Help from Our Friends
13. Wine, Women, and Song
14. Steel Magnolias, Texas Style
15. Dinner--A Family Affair
16. Managing Molly
17. Everything Is Relative(s)
18. Westward Ho, Ho, Ho
19. Le Petit Dejeuner
20. Home Cookin'
21. Food Stamps and Fun on the Dole
22. Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler, Y'all
23. The Minnesota Dead Guy
24. You Gonna Eat That?
25. Thank God It's Friday
26. The Great Leonard Pitts–less Dinner
27. Plans? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Plans
28. . . . and a Partridge in a Bean Stew
29. Bienvenidos a Tejas, Comrades
30. Oeufs à la Neige
31. Table That Emotion
32. The Observer's Observant Observer
33. Salmon on the Fly
34. Burnt Offerings
35. Dinner and the Dancing Tampon
36. Biscuits, Anyone?
37. Without Hope, All Is Lost
38. Let's Diversify This Popsicle Stand
39. Talking Turkey
40. Bacon Has Calories?
41. Colorado Adopts Molly
42. The Last River Run
43. The Beginning of the End
44. Adieu and Adios
Epilogue: Gentle Chicken Soup
Index of Recipes
General Index
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  • Posted December 28, 2011

    Loved this book!

    Great job Ellen Sweets. I am a huge fan of the late Molly Ivins. I have read a couple of books about her, and this is my favorite. Plus I love the recipes. Can't wait to try them out.

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