Stirring It Up with Molly Ivins: A Memoir with Recipes

Stirring It Up with Molly Ivins: A Memoir with Recipes

by Ellen Sweets

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780292742208
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 01/20/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

A journalist whose beat has included everything from fires, fights, and homicides to features and food writing, Ellen Sweets began her career at her father’s black weekly newspaper, the St. Louis American. She has reported for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dallas Morning News, Denver Post, Austin American-Statesman, Edible Austin, and Texas Co-Op Power. Her many honors include the James Beard Foundation Award for best food section.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Lou Dubose
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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